Beer Scouts Meeting Notes: New Feature!
I’ve been planning to do this for a while, but haven’t gotten around to it till now. My intention is to post a brief summary of each of our Beer Scouts meetings shortly after they occur. These will not be formal meeting minutes. After all, pretty much nothing about Beer Scouts is formal. We don’t call the meeting to order or vote to approve things or adjourn or anything like that. These posts will basically tell you where and when we met, any major points of discussion that came up, what beer we drank, and why we chose that beer (in the rare cases where there was a specific thought process behind the choice beyond, “hey, that beer sounds good to me today!”). The purpose of these meeting notes posts is twofold: First, they will serve as a record of where we’ve been and what we drank so we don’t have to resort to fist fights over whose turn it is to host next or whether we actually tasted that one beer from that one brewery that one time at so-and-so’s house. Second, it will be to make all of you readers out there wistfully imagine how amazing your life could be if you, too, were a Beer Scout. Then maybe you’ll want to buy some merch (if someday we start making and selling it) and visit our site a bunch of times to increase our ad revenue. Then we’ll be rich! Although Jim says I have to keep my day job for the time being. So, without further ado…
Beer Scouts Meeting Notes for Tuesday, August 11, 2015
On this fine summer evening, the Beer Scouts convened at KC Bier Co., a local brewery focused on producing authentic German-style beers. Bier Co. is a favorite of jimmywags’s and mine largely because of their very large beer garden, where patrons are permitted to bring in outside food (and plenty of local restaurants deliver there) and where there is a little play house and enough gravel to keep our toddler occupied and happy for hours while we sip. Their well-made true-to-style beers and authentic German sausages, pretzels, and other faire only add to the experience. Also, Beer Scout Brie works there, so we have a little bit of an in with the owner and staff.
As all the members began arriving, we each ordered a beer of our choice off the menu. Steve Holle, the brewery’s founder, then greeted us and invited us back to the brewhouse for a tour. Knowing that most of us were savvy to the general brewing process, he gave a more detailed description of the elements of the process they use that makes them unique among craft brewers. KC Bier Co. closely follows the Reinheitsgebot, which are the ancient German purity laws for brewing, through much of their brewing process and for most of their beers. As an example, Steve doesn’t clarify his beers as the German code doesn’t allow for clarification and fining agents. The tour was pretty technical as well, as Steve threw out a whole bunch of chemical names for off-flavors that can occur in beers due to different mash times and temperatures.
The best part of the tour, of course, is when Steve told Brie to go get a tray of tasting glasses so we could sample the Weisenbock straight out of the fermenter, which he said was made primarily to take to the Great American Beer Festival. This was one of the best beers I’ve ever tasted, and I was sad that it wasn’t a regular on their bier menu. We also got to taste an Oktoberfest out of the fermenter that still has a few weeks to go till it’s ready to serve, but it was quite delicious as well. The beer produced at KC Bier Co. are really top quality and the folks making the beer take a lot of pride in both their process and their product.
After the tour wrapped up, we headed back to our benches along the community tables in the tasting room and the bartenders prepared several flights of the six beers on tap for us to try. Many of us ordered another round of pints as well, because, well, it’s just such tasty stuff!
We then began our informal “business meeting”, where jimmywags showed everyone the new form he’s developed for reviewing beers that can be done in mere seconds from a smart phone. Hopefully this will increase the number of beer reviews coming in from the Scouts, who, so far, have been much better at tasting than at writing.
Also, jimmywags brought up that our services have been requested by a company who wants to put on a beer tasting event for their staff. Woohoo! We needed to recruit a couple of Scouts to help him serve beer at a happy hour and lead a tasting discussion. Jim will pick the beer (and maybe recommend food pairings), put together tasting notes, train the volunteer Scouts on those beers, and then go run the happy hour tasting. Should be a good time. Good thing we got some nice shirts made a couple months ago so we can have “uniforms” for events like this! [If you’re interested in having the KC Beer Scouts lead a beer tasting, drop us a line.]
All of our Scouts remembered to drink responsibly and got home safely.
Our Tasting Notes
Kansas City Bier Co Hefeweizen
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Kansas City Bier Co Dunkel
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Kansas City Bier Co Helles
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Kansas City Bier Co Oaked Dunkel
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Kansas City Bier Co Rauchbier
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