Boulevard Brewing Co. Set to Release 30th Anniversary Ale – Barrel-aged Blend

BoulevardLogoBlackBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced that it will celebrate three decades of brewing with the Limited Release of 30th Anniversary Ale, a blend of eight barrel-aged beers, in September 2019.

Inspired by John McDonald’s – Founder of Boulevard Brewing Co. – desire to “do something different” and Ryan McNeive’s – Lead Brewer of the barrel-aging program at Boulevard Brewing Co. – love for port wine, 30th Anniversary Ale is an “elegant, complex blend of barrel-aged beers” that captures “aspects of that wine style, but blended with Belgian ales to create a complex barrel-aged beer.” The final blend is comprised of the following offerings:

  • Imperial Stout in rye whiskey finished port casks – 34%
  • Belgian Dark Strong Ale in ruby and tawny port casks – 26%
  • Double Mashed Imperial Stout in bourbon barrels – 16%
  • Belgian Dark Strong Ale in California sherry casks – 9%
  • Imperial Stout in bourbon barrels – 5%
  • Imperial Stout in Spanish sherry puncheons – 5%
  • Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels followed by ruby/tawny port casks – 3%
  • Belgian Dark Strong Ale in bourbon barrels – 2%

The final blend of 30th Anniversary Ale comes in at 12% ABV and offers aromas of “rich caramel and chocolate, vanilla, whiskey [and] toasted oak” alongside flavors of “caramel, toffee, chocolate [and] espresso.”

30th Anniversary Ale is scheduled to release in September 2019 and will be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 750ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and throughout the rest of Boulevard Brewing Co.’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for 30th Anniversary Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; September 2019
Style – American Strong Ale (Blend)
ABV – 12%
IBUs – 25
Treatment – A blend of eight barrel-aged beers (blend listed above)
Fun Fact – Ryan McNeive, Lead Brewer of the barrel-aging program at Boulevard Brewing Co., recommends “aging a bottle or two of this beer in proper cellar temperatures. Over time the beer will start to change, maximizing certain flavor profiles from the base beer and barrel flavors and aromas.”

Suggested Food Pairings – “Chocolate covered cherries, rich cheeses, sweet milk chocolates”
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

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Boulevard Brewing Co. Infuses Seasonal Lineup with Chill Vibes

Chill-Vibes-1Boulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced that Chill Vibes, a Sour Ale with cucumber, will make its Seasonal debut on August 5.

Here to encourage “primo relaxation” during the dog days of summer, Chill Vibes is a Berliner Weisse-style Wheat Ale infused with “cucumber essence.” This combination produces “aromas of freshly picked cucumbers and a subtle, grassy sweetness [that cools] everything down in this slightly tart, pale golden ale.” Coming in at an ultra-refreshing 4.5% ABV, Chill Vibes possesses a “lively carbonation” and finishes crisp and dry.

Chill Vibes will officially launch on August 5 and is scheduled to hang around through the rest of the summer.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and throughout the rest of Boulevard’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Chill Vibes from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal; launching August 5, 2019
Style – Berliner Weisse
ABV – 4.5%
IBUs – 11
Added Ingredients – Cucumber essence
Suggested Food Pairings – “Havarti, Eggs Benedict, citrusy salads, key lime pie, a gentle breeze and a hammock”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

Boulevard Brewing Launches First Fridays Collection with Release of Hold the Pancakes

BoulevardHoldthePancakesBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced that it will be kicking off its newly-established First Fridays Collection in May with the Limited Release of Hold the Pancakes, a Blend of Whiskey Barrel-aged Ales with Maple Syrup.

Created to be a “series of exceptional beers at the intersection of experimental art and established science”, the First Fridays Collection is Boulevard’s exciting new “curation of cutting edge, artisanal, barrel-fermented and wood-aged ales.”  The inaugural release in the First Fridays Collection will be Hold the Pancakes, a blend of “multiple vintages of imperial brown ales and imperial stouts aged from 15 to 24 months in bourbon, rye and maple syrup-filled whiskey casks.”  Weighing in at a massive 13.9% ABV, Hold the Pancakes comes together to be a “complex, sticky, boozy behemoth of a beer, showcasing the barrel shepherding and blending skills of [Boulevard Brewing Co.’s] brilliant brewers.”

Hold the Pancakes debuted in the Greater Kansas City Area on May 13 and is scheduled to enter full distribution shortly after that date.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 750ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and throughout the rest of Boulevard’s 41-state distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hold the Pancakes from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/First Fridays Collection; mid-May 2019
Style – Blend of Imperial Brown Ales & Imperial Stouts
ABV – 13.9%
IBUs -13
Treatment – A blend of ales aged in “Templeton Rye barrels, Canadian Rye whisky barrels, maple syrup/whiskey casks”
Fun Fact #1 – On the name of the series: “Almost 30 years ago, Boulevard Brewing Company Founder John McDonald began sharing kegs of beer with the local arts community at Friday gallery openings, drawing people into the urban core in the spirit of exploration. These celebrations of creativity sprouted spontaneously throughout the country to become First Fridays, a convergence of arts, culture and activism that continues to excite and inspire.”
Fun Fact #2 – On the label artwork: “Boulevard is taking a new and different approach to labels for the limited-edition beers, creating a vehicle for artistic expression. ‘This collection is a tribute to the resourceful culture within the brewery and the arts community,’ said Frank Norton, graphic designer. ‘This first release is pretty fun and eccentric, so we wanted to create a label that’s equally vibrant and off-beat. We plan to enlist local and regional artists to collaborate on future offerings.'”
Suggested Food Pairings – “Breakfast for dinner, maple-braised pork belly, crème brûlée, bold cigars”
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

 

 

Boulevard Brewing Co. Introduces Smooth Fuzz as Newest Limited Release

Smooth-FuzzBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Smooth Fuzz Apricot Sour Ale on Monday, May 6.

Crafted to provide a taste of summer while taking full advantage of apricot season, Smooth Fuzz (7.2% ABV) is a “tart and funky” American Sour Ale comprised of a “mélange of Belgian-style ales fermented and aged in oak barrels and foeders for up to 36 months.”  Prior to bottling, the final blend was further aged on “whole apricots . . . to infuse juicy stone fruit flavors which mingle with the mixed fermentation character provided by [Boulevard’s] house lactobacillus and brettanomyces cultures.”

Smooth Fuzz will roll out in the Greater Kansas City area on May 6 and is expected to enter wider distribution in the weeks that follow.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 750ml bottles and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Missouri and all other areas that “typically see Smokestack Series, Limited Release and seasonal beers like Plaid Habit, Chocolate Ale and Love Child blends.”  Prost!

Vital Information for Smooth Fuzz Apricot Sour Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Limited, May 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 7.2%
IBUs – 8
Grains – Pale malt, flaked oats, spelt, malted wheat & raw wheat

Hops – Magnum
Treatment – Aged in oak barrels with lactobacillus and brettanomyces with final aging on apricots
Suggested Food Pairings – Strong cheeses, apricot trifle, charcuterie, shrimp & grits, roasted poultry
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

Boulevard Brewing Introduces Low Calorie, Carb Conscious Easy Sport Recreation Ale

Easy-Sport-1Boulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced that Easy Sport Recreation Ale will join its Year-Round lineup in April 2019.

Crafted to be the perfect beer for “runners, cyclists, hikers, pickleball players, karate masters, yogis, disc golfers, ball golfers, yard mowers, jazzercisers and people who are just plain thirsty”, Easy Sport is a “refreshing, super drinkable, bright” Blonde Ale that boasts a “hint of tangerine” and three additions of electrolytes (potassium, magnesium and sea salt).  Weighing in at a low 4.1% ABV, 4.5 grams of carbs and 99 calories, Easy Sport comes together to supply its drinker with “a slightly tart, subtly salty, all-natural, low calorie, carb-conscious beer.”

Easy Sport Recreation Ale will debut in the Greater Kansas City area on April 1 and is scheduled to enter full distribution shortly after that date.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available exclusively in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and throughout the rest of Boulevard’s distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for Easy Sport Recreation Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Year-Round, launching April 2019
Style – Blonde Ale
ABV – 4.1%
IBUs – 22
Carbs – 4.5g
Calories – 99
Malt – Pale
Hops – Columbus & Mandarina Bavaria
Added Ingredients – Tangerine peel
Supplements – “Potassium – maintains hydration and assists in recovery | Magnesium – optimizes brain, muscle and nerve function and enables faster recovery | Sea Salt – provides minerals to improve hydration, balances blood sugar & pressure”
Suggested Food Pairings – “Goo packs, jersey pocket bananas, granola bars, gummy bears, burpees, a wicked runner’s high”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

Boulevard Brewing Co. Gives Space Camper Cosmic IPA Go-Ahead for Launch

spacecamper-cosmicipaBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has announced that Space Camper Cosmic IPA will officially release on January 7 as the brewery’s newest Year-Round offering.

Developed to represent “the culmination of over a year of creative exploration of a relatively new take on India Pale Ales”, Space Camper Cosmic IPA – or what regulars of Boulevard Brewing Co.’s Tours & Recreation Center Beer Hall might recognize as TEST– El Dorado IPA – utilizes “massive hop additions at the end of the boil, and during fermentation, to minimize upfront bitterness and create a juicy IPA bursting with tropical fruit flavors and aromas of nectar and citrus.”  Clocking in at 5.9% ABV and 50 IBUs, Space Camper Cosmic IPA is guaranteed to jettison its drinker “into a mind-bending alternate universe of India Pale Ales.”

Space Camper Cosmic IPA will officially launch in the Greater Kansas City Area on Monday, January 7 and is scheduled to enter nationwide distribution shortly after that date.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and throughout the rest of Boulevard’s expansive distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for Space Camper Cosmic IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Year-Round, launching January 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 5.9%
IBUs – 50
Hops – Ekuanot, Amarillo, Citra, El Dorado & Galaxy
Malts – Pale, CaraPils & Malted Wheat
Suggested Food Pairings – “Chicken biryani, ginger tuna poke, gorgonzola cheese, carnitas, key lime pie”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

Boulevard Brewing Co. Looks to the Holidays, Releases Nutcracker Ale

Nutcracker-Diamond-BadgeBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced that its Nutcracker Ale will begin its Seasonal return in mid-October.

Brewed annually since 1995, Nutcracker Ale is a non-spiced Winter Warmer Ale that “leans heavily on Chinook hops for bold flavor and aroma.”  That “zesty” hop character is then rounded off with a “robust” malt base and “additions of golden brown sugar and dark brown sugar” to yield a complex and comforting Nutcracker Ale (7.8% ABV) that is at its best when shared with friends and family during the holiday season.

Nutcracker Ale hit the Kansas City area on October 15 and will make it to other regions soon.  You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Florida, Missouri and the other “regions that typically see Boulevard seasonal beers like Irish Ale and Bob’s ’47.”  Prost!

Vital Information for Nutcracker Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal, available mid-October through the 2018 Holiday Season
Style – Winter Warmer
ABV – 7.8%
IBUs – 38
Malts – 2-Row Pale, Amber 50, Cara 300, Munich & Malted Wheat
Hops – Magnum, Chinook & Cascade; dry-hopped with Chinook
Added Ingredients – Golden brown sugar & dark brown sugar
Suggested Food Pairings – “braised beef roast with rosemary, aged cheddar, blueberry pie, bacon beer cheese soup, bread pudding”
Recommended Glassware – Pint Glass
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

Boulevard Brewing Co. Adds Tart Apple Radler to its Seasonal Lineup

Tart-Apple-RadlerBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has announced that it will be expanding its Radler selection in September when it introduces its latest Seasonal Release, Tart Apple Radler.

Using the same process that created fan-favorite Radlers such as Ginger Lemon Radler and Cranberry Orange Radler, Boulevard’s brewers crafted Tart Apple Radler by adding “tart apple juice and just a touch of lemon juice to . . . the Unfiltered Wheat Beer base.”  This combination yields “aromas of tart green apple juice backed by a subtle sweetness” and a flavor profile dominated by “slightly puckering apple and lemon” that eventually “[gives] way to a bready malt sweetness and a spritzy finish that wavers between apple, lemon and slight citrus notes from the base beer.”  Coming in at an “eminently drinkable and refreshing” 4.1% ABV, Tart Apple Radler “is the ultimate post-activity beer even if you’re doing nothing more strenuous than lifting it to your lips.”

Tart Apple Radler debuts in the Kansas City area on September 4 and will see expanded distribution in the coming weeks.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal Release available exclusively in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at craft beer-friendly retailers in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and all other areas in Boulevard Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint that normally see other Seasonal offerings such as Ginger Lemon Radler, Berliner Weisse and Tough Kitty Milk StoutProst!

Vital Information for Tart Apple Radler from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal, launching September 2018
Style – Radler
ABV – 4.1%
IBUs – 6
Added Ingredients – Apple Juice & Lemon Juice
Suggested Food Pairings – “Apple-glazed pork chops, sharp cheddar cheese, chicken curry, ginger cookies”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

Bob’s ’47 Oktoberfest Returns for 25th Year as a Boulevard Brewing Seasonal

Bobs-47-Diamond-Badge-NEWBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has announced that its long-standing Bob’s ’47 Oktoberfest Beer will officially begin its Seasonal return during the week of August 6.

Bob’s ’47 is Boulevard’s “take on a traditional German-style Marzen/Oktoberfest” that has been brewed annually for 25 years as “a tribute to former George Muehlebach Brewing Company master brewer and early friend and mentor to John McDonald, Bob Werkowitch.”  To ensure that Bob’s ’47 is allowed “adequate lagering time before its fall release”, the first batches of this beer are typically brewed in late May to early June. After a “three week primary fermentation, Bob’s ’47 is crash cooled and lagered at 32 F until packaging.”  This lengthy process produces an “incredibly smooth and delicious” Bob’s ’47 Oktoberfest (5.8% ABV) “that showcases herbal/woody Vanguard hops against a toasted malt background.”

Bob’s ’47 Oktoberfest Beer will roll out in the greater Kansas City area on August 6 and enter wider distribution shortly after that date.  You can expect to find this Seasonal brew available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Florida, Missouri, and throughout the rest of Boulevard Brewing Co.’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Bob’s ’47 Oktoberfest Beer from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal, August – October 2018
Style – Oktoberfest/Märzen
ABV – 5.8%
IBUs – 27
Featured Hops – Vanguard 
Fun Fact – On the beer’s name: “With this Munich-style lager we salute our friend Bob Werkowitch, Master Brewer and graduate of the U.S. Brewer’s Academy, 1947.” 
Recommended Glassware – Pint or Stein 
Suggested Food Pairings – “roasted chicken or pork, sauce-based meat dishes, pretzels and mustard, grilled hamburgers/sausage, pizza, smoked gouda”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

 

Boulevard Brewing’s Berliner Weisse Makes Seasonal Return in Cans

Berliner-Weisse-Diamond-BadgeBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has announced that its Berliner Weisse will officially return for another Seasonal run on July 9, 2018, and this time around this refreshing brew is ditching bottles for a more convenient packaging option: 6-packs of 12 oz. cans.

Back for another year to serve as Boulevard Brewing’s easy-drinking, summer-time Seasonal, Berliner Weisse is a “light bodied, straw yellow” German-style Sour Ale that boasts a “refreshing lactic acidity” and “citrus aromas hinting to the soft sourness and lemon, lime and orange peel” added at the end of the boil.  With a flavor profile that mirrors those aromatics, Berliner Weisse (4.5% ABV) promises to be “incredibly flavorful and fruity while being super refreshing and ideal for a balmy summer day.”

Berliner Weisse will officially release in the Greater Kansas City Area on July 9 and enter wider distribution shortly after that date.  You can expect to find this Seasonal brew available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and throughout the rest of Boulevard Brewing’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Berliner Weisse from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Summer Seasonal, roll out begins July 9, 2018
Style – Berliner Weisse
ABV – 4.5%
IBUs – 6
Malts – 2-Row, Malted Wheat & CaraPils
Hops – Topaz
Added Ingredients – Orange, lemon & lime peel
Suggested Food Pairings – “creamy Havarti; crab eggs benedict; pretzels with tangy mustard; citrusy salad with mint, honey and lime; spicy tuna rolls”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/