There’s a new breakfast beer in coming to Kansas City, Missouri. Boulevard Requiem for a Pancake debuts on March 1st.
This beer starts with a smattering of oak barrels that held Woodinville Whiskey Co. rye and bourbon, before aging maple syrup. These little eight-gallon barrels were perfect for a small batch beer for tap room patrons and friends.
The brewery rested an imperial brown ale into the twice used barrels and waited.
Boulevard Requiem for a Pancake will be available to the public at the brewery on March 1st, in 12 ounce bottles.
Boulevard Chocolate Ale, one of the brewery’s most popular beers, won’t be a part of the beer lineup in 2017. The beer first debuted in 2011.
The American strong ale was a special collaboration with Kansas City chocolatier Christopher Elbow. Earlier this year, Boulevard released a variation of the popular dessert beer, Chocolate Ale with Raspberries.
The brewery wouldn’t go as far to say Chocolate Ale is gone for good. Just think of it as on-hold. For at least a while. Boulevard Funky Pumpkin has seen its last year, even though 2016 is only the second year it was released.
The 2017 lineup boasts a few new releases coming to the Smokestack Series, including Scotch-on-Scotch.
[Original Post below, for 2015 Chocolate Ale release.)
One of Boulevard Brewing’s (Kansas City, MO) most popular beers, Chocolate Ale, will release again the first week of February, 2015.
Chocolate Ale is a collaboration with Kansas City’s chocolatier Christopher Elbow. Boulevard brewmaster Steven Pauwels and Elbow used a special chocolate variety from the Dominican Republic. The result is a magical and delicious balance of malt, hops and chocolate.
Chocolate Ale is full of surprises, beginning with a glowing amber hue. The aroma is given over to earthy, fruity cocoa, with just a hint of hops. Smooth layers of dark chocolate intertwine with threads of caramel, vanilla, and nutty malt as the flavor warms and rounds to a bittersweet finish.
Boulevard Chocolate Ale was first released in 2011. The demand has been so high since then, the brewery has increased the amount brewed and packaged every year. In both 2014, and again in 2015, Boulevard has brewed the maximum amount possible for the production schedule.
Read more: Boulevard Brewing News
Debuting this week in Kansas City, Missouri is a new year-round beer, Boulevard American Kolsch.
Avid fans of the brewery have seen this beer once before, part of the Tasting Room Series a short while ago. Boulevards states folks became obsessed with it, wanting it to be brewed again.
Boulevard American Kolsch is inspired by the traditional German style, brewed with European pilsner malt, pale malt and a touch of malted wheat. The hop bill includes Saphir and Saaz hops.
Pouring golden in color, the aroma is of bready malt punctuated by a slightly minty hop character. With a light to medium mouthfeel, American Kolsch delivers a honey-like malt sweetness that gives way to a crisp, clean finish with a touch of lingering herbal/citrusy hop flavor.
Boulevard American Kolsch debuts on draft on January 30th, and in 12 ounce cans the following day.
Hops: Saphir, Saaz
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-round
4.6% ABV, 18 IBUs
Boulevard Noble Prize is set to debut in 2017.
The Kansas City, Missouri based brewery already has a year-round pilsner, KC Pils, a tribute their hometown. Next year, a stronger one will rise into the Smokestack Series.
Boulevard Noble Prize, an imperial pilsner, is slated to debut in the brewery’s Smokestack Series lineup in March, 2017.
The Smokestack Series is currently home to beers like Tank 7, The Sixth Glass, and Bourbon Barrel Quad. This year, Boulevard started making the switch to 12 ounce bottles for some of the Smokestack Series releases. Noble Prize will follow suit in 12 ounce bottles as well.
Two beers are slated to join the year-round Smokestack Series in 2017. Prize will be first, with a new imperial stout coming later in the year.
Style: Imperial Pilsner
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: March, 2017
7.7% ABV, 30 IBUs
Boulevard Collaboration No. 6 Barrel Aged Blend brings California based brewery, Firestone Walker into the mix for this latest series addition. This 750 mililiter release is a blend of two Boulevard and two Firestone Walker beers.
At 45% of the blend, Boulevard’s Bourbon Barrel Quad makes up the largest portion of the beer, followed by Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee at an additional 35%. The last 20% consists of Boulevard Imperial Stout X – Tart Cherry (whiskey barrel-aged), and Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin at 10% each.
Boulevard Collaboration No. 6 Barrel Aged Blend is a limited release on draft and 750ml bottles.
Style: American Strong Ale
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft. Limited release.
Release: November, 2016
Boulevard Cranberry Orange Radler is now hitting shelves.
In 2014, the brewery debuted Ginger Lemon Radler. A departure from the brewery’s exemplary lineup? Sure. A success? You bet. Lighter alcohol offerings are always in demand.
Now in October, Boulevard Cranberry Orange Radler is expanding the brewery’s radler lineup. Jeremy Danner, brewer at Boulevard mentions that the process to create this release is pretty much the same – base beer is Unfiltered Wheat; swapping in ginger and lemon juice.
Cranberry Orange Radler will open with an aroma of sweet blood oranges and just a hint of cranberry. The blood orange character boldly manifests in the flavor giving way to cranberry tartness.
Boulevard Cranberry Orange Radler is a 12 ounce can and draft offering in fall, 2016.
4% ABV, 12 IBUs
Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad, aka “BBQ” has been a part of the brewery’s Smokestack Series for years. The Kansas City based brewery ages a quadrupel in bourbon barrels with cherries for the release.
Starting in September, this popular Smokestack member is switching over to 12 ounce bottles, and becoming a year-round release.
Based loosely on the Smokestack Series’ The Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel is separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels where it ages for varying lengths of time, some for up to three years. Cherries are added to make up for the “angel’s share” of beer lost during barrel aging. Selected barrels are then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting beer retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore.
The brewery has instituted this new format change for one of the brewery’s most loved beers. You’ll find “BBQ” in 12 ounce bottles, a part of a 4-pack, year-round going forward.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: September, 2016
11% ABV, 19 IBUs
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