Hello and welcome to the home of the Kansas City Beer Scouts.
In April of 2012, I had this idea. It was an attempt to rectify two very different issues that my wife and I were facing as new parents and beer lovers. Our son had just been born in February. Our social life, as expected, had dwindled to nil. While we love our tiny baby boy, we missed going out to our favorite restaurants and bars or over to friends’ houses for a beer and a bite to eat. Packing up a newborn and hoping he would sleep thru a meal is often more trouble than it’s worth. Predictability must come later in a child’s life.
The second issue started as my own doing. For years I bought more beer than I could consume. I strolled into Royal Liquor for a sixer of Bob’s ’47 for the tailgate, but man, that 750 of Schlafly Barleywine sure looks good. My wife came into our relationship appreciating good beer. By the time we were seriously dating, we were borderline bottle hoarders. (We once spent 30 minutes in a liquor store outside Denver and came out with $250 dollars worth of single bottles of beer not available in Missouri.) Her pregnancy did not discourage the beer buying, but it cut in half the consumption. We were reaching an unsustainable intake to outflow ratio, and a serious lack of shelf space for any new beer. We had a lot of beer that was probably approaching, or even past, its prime and begging to be consumed.
In a moment of clarity caused by three months’ sleep deprivation, the seeds of the Beer Scouts was born. What if we invite our friends over to our house after the boy is in bed and crack open random beer from the basement? We get to drink socially, we don’t have to take the boy out, and maybe we might even make some shelf space. Brilliant. Everyone else can take turns bringing in something new, and we can write about it online. If we sell a few ads, it can cut into the price of the beer. Even better.
Our initial meeting was on the first Wednesday on May. The Kansas City Beer Scouts are made up of folks with varying amounts of beer experience and exposure, which we hope will make our site accessible and interesting to a range of readers. Some of us are homebrewers, some of us have planned vacations around the beer we might be able to sample at our destination, some of us are foodies who can identify flavors with alarming precision, and some of us are recent converts from the world of macrobrewed swill. The one thing we all have in common, though, is that we have come to appreciate the good stuff. We meet monthly and sample one or two beers from the cellar and one or two beers fresh from the store. If any of the homebrewers have their own concoctions, we try those too.
Everyone is expected to complete at least two full reviews per month. The Beer Scouts are aided by the Flavor Wave™, a handy little tool that breaks down the aroma, flavor, body, and aftertaste of a beer into an easy-to-read graphical fingerprint. It’s easy to compare two different beers at a glance of the Flavor Waves, and quite interesting to see how different Beer Scouts evaluate the same beer.
We’re excited to bring our little project to you. We encourage conversation about what we post here, and look forward to what the beer community has to say.