Wednesday, we stayed in and got take-out from Joe's Kansas City BBQ.
Thursday, I finally took the Boulevard Brewery tour, starting with a glass of Tank 7, and got to see the brewing operation.
|Our tour guide showing where the brewery began.
This section was the entire operation in 1989, but now is used for experimental beers.
|The centrifuge that filters the beer. If this thing ever broke down, we're told it would send a stream of beer at such force, we'd be sliced in half. We decided to refer to that phenomenon as a "beersaber."
The tour ended with a beer and food tasting, featuring The Calling Double IPA and an open-faced ham sandwich with Clementine-Thyme marmalade, The Sixth Glass Quadrupel with brie and fig, The Bourbon Barrel-Aged Quadrupel (BBQ, made from The Sixth Glass aged in bourbon barrels and my favorite from the tasting) and goat-cheese cheesecake with blackberry, and The Dark Truth Imperial Stout and a chocolate chip cookie. All food came from KC restaurants and bakeries.
I picked up some yummy beer, including a four-pack of the BBQ, and a jar of the marmalade to bring home to Chicago.
I did a lot of writing - more on that (and hopefully some good news) later - and finished a couple books. Now, back to Chicago!