Thursday, November 18, 2010

Gordon Biersch Winterbock release

I haven’t written in a while, but mostly because I hadn’t done a lot lately in terms of beer. Having a baby girl will do that. No complaints from me. But I got an email from Gordon Biersch in Kansas City recently about a release party for their winter seasonal Winterbock, so I decided that this would be a good thing to do. It also happened to be on the same day as the 21st Anniversary/Birthday of Boulevard Brewing Company, who had some events planned for that night, so it seemed to be a good night to go out. Tim, fresh back from India and Europe, decided to come with, so we decided to take our talents down to Kansas City’s Power and Light District for a few hours.

When we got to Gordon Biersch, it was pretty crowded and loud. They had an 80’s trivia night, and we walked in right by the guy running it. We saw the brewer from GB, James, there, and he was changing out a keg of the Winterbock to give out samples. We stopped and grabbed one, then Tim, who also brought a few cans of food for Harvesters, and I grabbed a table to have dinner. One thing to note is that if you are a fan of Gordon Biersch Kansas City on Facebook, you can print off a free order of their garlic fries. Luckily for us, I did, because they are really, really good. We ordered some dinner, and I ordered one of their Marzens while Tim ordered a mug of the Winterbock.

The food was pretty tasty, as I ordered the chicken tenders off of their seasonal menu and Tim had a pulled pork sandwich that he really liked. Everything was really good. Our waitress was very good and friendly, and I do enjoy GB’s beers. They don’t go crazy with hops or high alcohol brews, although the Winterbock tipped in at 8.2% ABV, but what they make is great for the style. I enjoy marzens, and theirs is very tasty. As we were walking out, I stopped and talked to James for a bit. He seemed like a pretty cool guy, but it was crowded there, he was pouring the samples, and I am not a pretty lady, so I kept it short so not to bother him, and we moved on to Flying Saucer.

Flying Saucer for those who are not familiar is a great beer bar. They have one of the best beer selections in the city, if not THE best, and it’s a cool, laid-back atmosphere. Plus they have couches, which Tim and I took over when we arrived. The big deal that night was “keep the glass” night for the 21st Anniversary Fresh Hop Pale Ale for Boulevard. We were told right away that the glasses were gone, which wasn’t a big deal to either of us. Tim first ordered their “Fire Sale” beer, which was Bell’s Oktoberfest, while I ordered a water (since I was driving). He liked the beer, and when he decided to move on and get the 21st Anniversary beer without the glass, I followed suit and did the same. While it is probably not the typical style for a big anniversary beer, we both enjoyed it. I found it to be a better than when I had it previously from a bottle. We looked around, and were told that they were going to have a toast to Boulevard at 10 PM, but as I looked at my phone and saw that it was 10:02, we knew that wasn’t happening. We saw on Facebook that some of the Boulevard people were at a bar nearby, Ragland Road, but when we got there they were nowhere to be seen. They did have some mini-cupcakes left though, so we had a couple of them as Tim ordered another beer while I again had a water. We hung out for a bit, watched a young lady jump on a platform and do an Irish dance, and decided to call it a night.
It was a pretty nice night, despite the crappy weather and even crappier team name change for the Wizards. I hope to attend more of Gordon Biersch’s seasonal release parties, as it was a cool, little event. Free garlic fries and free samples of their beers don’t hurt. Especially when that free beer is a tasty 8.2% offering.
Drink up!


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