We’ve quadruple-checked the envelopes, fired the established auditors, and picked presenters younger than the old ales. We’d like to thank the voters (that’s YOU!). And thank Google Drive for providing a polling place that doesn’t completely suck. Drumroll please …
Presenting the Best in Kansas City Beer – Golden Tappys for 2016
Best Local Beer
This category was a two-horse race from the beginning, with two fabulous beers from Double Shift Brewing running neck-and-neck. In the end, the spiced Belgian-style dubbel, Literally Can’t Even, pulled ahead and takes home the Tappy.
We were there for the Literally Can’t Even launch, leading guided tasting through a flight of Double Shift beers. LCE is, you know, a Twitter storm of a beer to our favorite PSL-from-Bux-guzzling stereotypes. Mashed with graham crackers and finished with cardamom, cinnamon and allspice, Literally Can’t Even was a welcome to autumn.
Congratulations, now where can I get it? Well, you’re going to have to wait for this one. Double Shift is scheduled to release Literally Can’t Even in September. Mark your calendars!
Best Small Brewery
Given the voting power of the fans (and employees?) of Double Shift Brewing in the Best Local Beer category, it would be a surprise if Double Shift didn’t bring home the award for Best Small Brewery. And they delivered.
Double Shift has grown leaps and bounds since opening in 2015. Their current line up of flavorful and adventurous beers doesn’t really have a weak point. And there will be much more in store for 2017, including regular bottle releases, kettle sours and ten seasonal beers.
Good for them. Where can I get their beer? For now, you should head right to the source, Double Shift Brewing is located at 412 E 18th Street, in the East Crossroads. Later this year, you will start seeing Double Shift tap handles around town as they begin keg distribution.
Best Beer Festival
Given that the Parkville Microbrew Festival is entering its 14th years, one would assume they’re doing something right. Therefore it shouldn’t be to anyone’s surprise they are taking home a Golden Tappy for Best Beer Festival. The Parkville festival brings in beer from microbreweries and brewpubs from around the area that don’t always get to other festivals. Held in a city park, it also beats the sweltering concrete of some other big beer events. (That is, if it’s not a mud bath.)
Sweet, when is this year’s? The 14th Annual Parkville Microbrew Festival is Saturday, April 29th. Entry to the park starts at 11:00am. The beer portion of the festival kicks off at 1:00. Tickets are $36 online or $45 at the gate.