With the craft beer scene in full bloom across the country, it is easy to forget that as little as 30 years ago, there were only a handful of craft breweries in the entire nation. Boulevard Brewing was one of the original trailblazers in the industry, and its creative and financial success helped pave the way for the boom that has followed. Boulevard Brewing is proud of its legendary status in the community and continues to push their concoctions in intriguing and surprising ways. Visiting the taproom at Boulevard Brewing is an incredible experience for any beer lover. The taproom has a wide variety of seasonal and rotating taps so that visitors can get a feel for the kind of beers that Boulevard has been experimenting with.
Boulevard Brewing has always welcomed visitors, but as the popularity of their beers grew, the demand exceeded their capacity until 2016. That's when they opened the Tours & Rec Center next to the brewery. It includes the 10,000-square foot Beer Hall, a taproom with beer and a limited menu; a fourth floor Rec Deck featuring beer, shuffleboard, flatbreads, snacks, and charcuterie boards, and a gift and bottle shop. The Rec Center is also the place to meet for a variety of brewery tours.
Check out this tour of the Boulevard Brewhouse:
Boulevard Brewing is the brainchild of John McDonald. More than two decades before microbreweries took the country by storm, John became interested in making inventive and exciting beer. Inspired by a trip to the beer-making mecca of Belgium, an idea began to germinate that he could make beers as dynamic and unique as the ones he drank on his trip. With a lot of elbow grease and help from his friends, the first keg of Boulevard Pale Ale was created in November 1989, and a Kansas City legend was born.
Beer aficionados are in love with the Tequila Barrel Lime Gose, a German-style sour infused with lime, coriander, and tequila. The gose gives off notes of banana, coconut, vanilla, and caramelized banana. On the back end, you'll taste notes of malted sweetness and tart lime—suffice to say this beer is not your typical sour beer.
If you're looking to try something a little darker and weightier, it's hard to go wrong with the Boulevard Imperial Stout. This beer is made with Belgian yeast which imbues a subtle fruitiness to balance the strong flavors of espresso, creme brulee, and figs. The hops give the beer a rich and smoky finish that's familiar to lovers of dark beer.
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