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/

 

 

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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 Gets Into the Cider Game with Release of City Market Cider

CityMarketCider-Diamond-Badge-1Boulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) will officially introduce its first ever Cider with the upcoming Seasonal release of City Market Cider.

Kansas City’s historic City Market is widely known as “a place where chefs and home cooks come together to show and taste the best flavors in the region.”  This is an institution and community that should be celebrated, and Boulevard Brewing Co. has done just that with the creation of City Market Cider.

Checking in as Boulevard’s first cider and next Seasonal release, City Market Cider is a “local blend [combining] juice from Jonathan and Fuji apples sourced directly from Sibley Orchard & Cider Mill in Sibley, Missouri.”  After undergoing fermentation with Boulevard’s house strain of English ale yeast, City Market Cider was then finished with “a slight blend back of fresh Fuji juice (2.8% of the total blend) to lend a balancing sweetness.”  This all results in a 6.2% ABV Cider that “[alternates] between sweet and tart apple character” in both flavor and aroma.

City Market Cider will launch in the Greater Kansas City Area on Tuesday, November 14 with other regions to follow shortly thereafter.  Once the rollout is completed, you can expect to find this Seasonal release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles at select beer and cider-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and throughout the rest of Boulevard Brewing Co.’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for City Market Cider from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal, launches November 14, 2017
Style – Hard Apple Cider
ABV – 6.2%
IBUs – 0
Featured Apples – Jonathan & Fuji Apples from Sibley Orchard & Cider Mill
Yeast – Boulevard’s house English Ale Yeast
Suggested Food Pairings – “Washed Rind Cheeses, Mushroom Risotto, Asian Glazed Pork Belly, Sushi”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & limited draft
Beer/Cider Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

Boulevard Brewing Co. Introduces Two New Seasonals

Tough-Kitty-Diamond-BadgeBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced that it will soon release two new Seasonal offerings: Tough Kitty Milk Stout & Berliner Weisse.

First up, we venture into the realm of dark and creamy with the debut of Tough Kitty Milk Stout.  Brewed with Cara 120, Cara 300 and Patagonia Black Pearl, this deep black Milk Stout “features layers of caramel and chocolate malt complexity.”  The beer then receives a “subtle hopping” with Bravo and Cascade hops “to prevent the beer from being overly cloying.”  Finally, the brewers at Boulevard finish this beer off by adding “rolled oats in the mash tun and lactose, commonly referred to as milk sugar, in the wort kettle [to] lend a round, silky mouthfeel.”  This all results in a 5.5% ABV Milk Stout that “opens with aromas of bittersweet chocolate, espresso and toffee that transition to flavors of the same.”

Berliner-Weisse-Diamond-BadgeIf you happen to be looking for something a little lighter and on the sour side, Boulevard Brewing has you covered there as well with its second release of the season.  Boulevard’s Berliner Weisse is a German-style Sour Ale that features a “a malt bill composed of two-row base pale malt, malted wheat and CaraPils, . . . subtle bittering with Topaz hops and additions of orange, lemon and lime peel at the end of the boil to punctuate a soft lactic acidity with bright, citrus notes.”  After the beer undergoes primary fermentation with a strain of house ale yeast, the beer is then “inoculated with a lactobacillus culture that had previously been used to acidify Liefmans sour base beers and given several weeks for secondary fermentation to unfold.” Light in body and straw yellow in color, the resulting Berliner Weisse “opens with citrus aromas hinting to the soft sourness and lemon, lime and orange peel in a crisp, tart beer that’s incredibly flavorful and fruity while being super refreshing.”

Tough Kitty Milk Stout and Berliner Weisse will begin hitting shelves and taps over the next couple weeks and will hang around through October.  Once released, you will be able to find both of these Seasonal offerings available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at fine beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri, and throughout the rest of Boulevard Brewing Co.’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Tough Kitty Milk Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal, August through October 2017
Style – Milk Stout
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 27
Malts – Cara 120, Cara 300, Patagonia Black Pearl, & Rolled Oats
Hops – Bravo & Cascade
Added Ingredients – Lactose
Suggested Glassware – Pint glass
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

Vital Information for Berliner Weisse from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal, August through October 2017
Style – Berliner Weisse
ABV – 4.5%
IBUs – 8
Malts – Two-Row Pale Malt, Malted Wheat & CaraPils
Hops – Topaz
Added Ingredients – Orange, lemon & lime peel
Treatment – Secondary fermentation with lactobacillus
Suggested Glassware – Pint glass
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/