Friday, May 31, 2013
1. Odell IPA - 5pts
2. Single Wide - 4pts
3. Modus Hoperandi - 4pts
Super Dave's Favorites
1. Single Wide - 4pts
2. Furious IPA - 4pts
3. Happy Camper - 3pts
1. Single Wide - 4pts
2. Happy Camper - 4pts
3. Modus Hoperandi - 3pts
The Odell IPA stood out once again in our shootout by taking top honors. It is a wonderful blend of bright citrus flavors and a balancing malt backbone to even things out. Second place was the hometown hero Boulevard Single Wide IPA. It was a thinner feeling brew but had the really good bitterness to let you know that you are enjoying an IPA. In a tie for third place there was the homebrewed kit beer, Furious IPA, and a new comer in Santa Fe Happy Camper IPA. Falling from grace were the Founder's Centennial IPA and the New Belgium Ranger IPA. Both of these beers had finished well in the other IPA shootouts but they didn't fare so well in this one.
Stay tuned for a detailed review on the top 4 brews and a "how to" post showing how easy it is to make the Furious Kit brew at home.
Posted by FatCatKC at 1:21 PM
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Step one brew an extract kit from Midwest Supplies
This is where I got the idea to make this a little interesting. Why not FatCat’icize the review and throw this poor kit beer into an official IPA shootout? I ran the idea by the Midwest Supplies rep and they were confident that their kit beer could stand up to the best the commercial brewers had to offer. Blind tasting? No problem they said. The Ferocious IPA kit was up to the challenge. Game on!
Before brewing the kit I took a quick look at their website to see what this Ferocious IPA was all about. Here’s what the description had to say:
If you like a beer with a whole lotta hop, then pour a pint of our Ferocious IPA. Created with the brewers of Minnesota’s Surly Brewing, this IPA uses 6 ounces of Ahtanum hops for a bold brew that is rich in malt sweetness and infused with bright hop aroma and flavor. It's a hop lover's dream with loads of flavor and yet it's very smooth and a treasure to drink. This one requires dry hopping and has received rave reviews from our customers who like a bold beer.
IBUs = 82
Hops: Warrior Amarillo Simcoe Ahtanum
There were 119 reviews of this kit with an almost 5 star average. It looks like this should be a formidable opponent in the shootout for sure. I was excited to get this one in the fermenter and to get the shootout under way. I followed the instructions provided by Midwest Supplies to the T and the brew day went off without a hitch. The Ferocious IPA fermented well and finished at the appropriate gravity. After some dry hopping and carbonating the beer is ready for the shootout. I got some of the crew together and put the Ferocious IPA to the test. We stacked the field with the top beers from our previous years’ shootouts and proceeded to see who would reign supreme. Coming up is the how-to extract brew post with pictures and the results of FatCat’s 2013 IPA shootout!
Posted by FatCatKC at 10:05 AM
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Have you ever wished that the great folks at Boulevard Brewing Company would go through all the trouble of making up some wort with the sole purpose of handing it out to aspiring homebrewers? Well wake up Charlie, you and grandpa may well get your golden ticket to the chocolate factory. Here's a copy of Boulevard's proposition to local homebrewers:
In honor of American Craft Beer Week, Boulevard Brewing Co. would like to celebrate the adventurous spirit of homebrewing that inspired our founder, John McDonald, to brew his first batches of beer over two decades ago. On Monday, May 13, we will brew a batch of beer with no intention of fermenting it ourselves.
Instead, we’ll open our doors on Tuesday, May 14, and share this wort with local homebrewers—all we’ll ask is they bring a finished product back and let us give it a try. We’ll then choose our favorite wort transformation recipe and invite the winner to come back and brew it again—but this time on our system.
Homebrewers who register early enough—the quantity of wort is extremely limited—will be assigned a time on Tuesday May 14 to stop by the brewery and fill one 5-gallon vessel from our wort tank. Brewers and other brewery staff will be on hand to say hello, pour you a sample in the tasting room and give you a discount on all gift shop purchases.
Wort will be extremely limited, and so you must register on this page—please note: submitting your information here does not guarantee we will be able to provide you wort this year. Registration cannot be completed in person or over the phone.
To sign up check out their website:
Posted by FatCatKC at 5:41 PM
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Have you ever wondered what would have happened if Freddy Kreuger grew up on a farm in
The Cornstalker starts with a soft grainy character accompanied by a hint of roasty aroma. The mouthfeel is thinner than it would appear by looking at it in the glass but was eloquently smooth. When the Cornstalker hits your palate you initially get a bit of soft malt character (dull sweetness) up front and then some breadier grain character sneaks in. The breadiness is almost immediately replaced by a wonderfully blended roast character about mid-palate. There are even faint hints of bittersweet chocolate playing around in the background. The brew finishes with a slight wheat “twang” giving this brew several levels of complexity. The key to enjoying the Cornstalker is to let the brew warm up. If you exercise some patience, the roasted character begins to blend with the finishing wheat character. The entire brew coats your mouth with a unique “soft flavor”. I don’t know how to explain this “soft flavor” other than it is very unique and delicious. To sum it up the Cornstalker is outstanding.
If that is indeed Freddy Krueger on the can he is a hell of a brewer. If you are looking for a lightly stouted, wheatified, soft flavor coating, pleasantly complex Freddy Krueger brew, pick up some Cornstalker.
Posted by FatCatKC at 7:17 PM
Thursday, March 21, 2013
There are currently 44 brewers slated to be at the festival:
23rd Street Brewery www.brew23.com
4 Hands Brewing Company www.4handsbrewery.com
75th St Brewery www.75thstreet.com
Amerisports Brew Pub w...ww.ameristar.com/Kansas_City_Dining_Amerisports_Brew_Pub.aspx
Blind Tiger Brewery www.blindtiger.com
Blue Blood Brewing Company www.bluebloodbrewing.com
Boulevard Brewing Company www.boulevard.com
Broadway Brewery www.broadwaybrewery.com
Cathedral Square Brewery www.cathedralsquarebrewery.com
CIB Brewery www.cibbrewery.com
Crazy Eye Brewing www.crazyeyebrewing.com
Crispin Cider Company www.crispincider.com
Deschutes Brewery www.deschutesbrewery.com
Empyrean Brewing Company www.empyreanbrewingco.com
Firestone Walker www.firestonebeer.com
Flying Monkey Beer www.flyingmonkeybeer.com
Fox Barrel Cider www.foxbarrel.com
Free State Brewing Company www.freestatebrewing.com
Gella's Diner and Liquid Bread Brewing www.gellasdiner.com
Gordon Biersch Brewing Company www.gordonbiersch.com
Gottberg Brewery & Pub www.dustersrestaurant.com/brew_pub.htm
Granite City www.gcfb.net
High Noon Saloon & Brewery www.thehighnoon.com
Kirkwood Station Brewing www.kirkwoodstationbrewing.com
Little Apple Brewing Company www.littleapplebrewery.com
McCoy's Public House www.mccoyspublichouse.com
Morgan Street Brewery www.morganstreetbrewery.com
Mother’s Brewing Company www. mothersbrewing.com
Nebraska Brewing Company www.nebraskabrewingco.com
New Belgium www.newbelgium.com
Odell Brewing Company www. odellbrewing.com
O’Fallon Brewery www.ofallonbrewery.com
Peace Tree Brewing Co. www.peacetreebrewing.com
Perennial Artisian Ales www.perennialbeer.com
River City Brewing Company www.rivercitybrewingco.com
Rock Bottom Brewery www.rockbottom.com
Rock Bridge Brewing Company www.rockbridgebrewery.com
Route 66 Beer www.route66beer.com
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. www.sierranevada.com
Springfield Brewing Co. www.springfieldbrewingco.com
Stone Brewing Co. www.stonebrew.com
Summit Brewing Company www.summitbrewing.com
Tallgrass Brewery www.tallgrassbeer.com
Weston Brewing Co. www.westonirish.com/BREWERY.html
For more info and tickets: http://parkvillemicrobrewfest2013.eventbrite.com/#
Posted by FatCatKC at 7:27 PM