There will be four different local breweries served at this year’s Blues, Brews and Barbecue, and they should hit the palate of every beer drinker imaginable.
Here’s the curated lineup. Doors open at 3 p.m., and bands start at 4 p.m. Get excited. Click here to buy your tickets.
Off The Record Dunkel: Off the Record is brewed once a year to be specifically served at Blues, Brews and Barbecue. It’s a German dunkel, dark but much lighter in body than a stout. It’s malty with a hint of vanilla on the finish. Produced by Walnut River Brewing, El Dorado. It’s one of our favorites, and we nearly always run out.
First Responder: This is a light American lager. If you’re the person who’s on the fence about craft beers because you like drinking Bud Light, this is your beer. We ordered it for you. Clean, crisp, light. Produced by Salt City Brewing, Hutchinson. It’s easy to knock back one or three.
Chickadee: Berliner Weisse. Tart wheat beer brewed with guava and passion fruit puree. It’s a great summer beer, complex but balanced and light. Produced by Sand Hills Brewing, Hutchinson. It’s the sour that everyone who drinks sours wants for Christmas.
Love Shack: A light refreshing kettle sour with raspberry pureed and salt added to give it a tart fruity finish. Produced by Three Rings Brewing, McPherson. It’s fun, different and a great change of pace.
State Fair: A German style marzen. It’s a style you’d typically find at an Octoberfest. Medium to full body. Light amber in color. It’s going to be maltier than hoppier. Produced by Salt City Brewing, Hutchinson. Meant to be enjoyed in the fall.
Warbeard: Warbeard is an Irish red. With caramel and toffee-like sweetness on the first taste, it slowly fades into a slightly dry finish. Hold it up to the light, and you’ll find ruby highlights. It’s a smooth, malt-focused beer. Produced by Walnut River Brewing, El Dorado. It’s almost too easy to drink.
High Beam: West Coast IPA. With the classic hop aroma of an IPA, Highbeam has a malt-forward flavor unlike other IPAs. Floral, citrusy and aggressive, yet smooth. Produced by Walnut River Brewing, El Dorado. Welcoming and quite delicious.
Vertigo: Three Rings describes Vertigo as a “Midwestern,” hop-forward India Pale Ale (IPA). They use a generous amount of hops but nothing too over-the-top. The hop combination gives the beer an aroma of grapefruit and orange, followed by a simple yet balanced malt characteristic. Produced by Three Rings Brewing, McPherson. It’s sneaky but so, so good.