Topic Archives: Smokestack Series

Posted in Boulevard Brewing, New Releases

Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad: New Size

Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad

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.

Style: Quadrupel (w/ Cherries. Brown Sugar, Candi Sugar.  Barrel Aged)
Hops: Magnum, Styrian Golding
Malts: Pale Malt, Cara 300, Munich, Malted Wheat

Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. 
September, 2016

11% ABV, 19 IBUs

Image: Boulevard Brewing

Posted in Boulevard Brewing, Seasonal Return

Boulevard Rye-On-Rye Makes a 2015 Return

Boulevard Rye-on-Rye

Boulevard Rye-on-Rye, a boozy part of the brewery’s Smokestack Series, hits shelves in their home of Kansas City, Missouri this week. Shortly after, you’ll find this fall offering in Boulevard other markets.

As you can probably guess, Boulevard Rye-on-Rye is a rye beer. If you love rye, bourbon and rye bourbon, don’t miss this limited offering.

Why Rye? This assertively flavorful grain is more often associated with whiskey than with ales. Even in that arena, it has largely been eclipsed by corn and barley, the sources of bourbon and scotch. But when we procured some seasoned barrels from our friends at Templeton Rye, we asked ourselves, “Why not?” Why not brew a rich, tawny rye ale, then mellow it in the warmth of charred oak rye whiskey casks? Two kinds of malted rye provide spicy sweetness, giving way to notes of caramelized wood and the citrusy tang of Perle, Magnum, and Saphir hops before easing into a dry, lingering finish.

Boulevard Rye on Rye is a draft and 750 milliliter, corked and caged offering.

Style: Rye Beer (Barrel Aged. Rye Bourbon.)
Availability: 750ml bottles, Corked & caged. Draft.
Seasonal Return: Late September, 2015

12% ABV, 47 IBUs 

Posted in Boulevard Brewing, Coming Soon

Boulevard Imperial Stout “X” Coffee, February 10th

Boulevard Imperial Stout Coffee Ale

Boulevard Brewing Company (Kansas City, MO) has a big release year ahead of them. There are new year round offerings, new seasonals, and a lot of movement in their Smokestack Specialty Series.

Boulevard Imperial Stout “X” – Coffee will the first new Smokestack offering, arriving in February. The 2015 lineup is highlighted by not only two releases of Love Child (the sour/wild ale) but Imperial Stout “X.” Boulevard will use a key ingredient to change the base imperial stout to create new offerings throughout the year.

As a special treat for lovers of big, complex stouts, Boulevard Brewing Company offers the 2015 Imperial Stout “X” Series. The “X” factor stands for a key ingredient brewed into each of several limited releases plan throughout the year. This edition was infused with Ethiopian Sidamo Coffee from our Kansas City neighbor, The Roasterie, lending this robust Stout at subtle wine–like smoothness.

Boulevard Imperial Stout “X” Coffee will be available in 750ml bottles February 10th in Kansas City, other cities shortly after.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Coffee)
Availability: 750ml bottles, Draft. Limited release.
Arrival: February 10th, 2015. (KC first)

11% ABV

Posted in Boulevard Brewing, Coming Soon, Headlines

Boulevard’s 2015 Lineup Reveals New Offerings

Boulevard Brewing Company (Kansas City, MO) 2015 lineup reveals quite a few new offerings on the way.  The Smokestake Specialty Series will see the most new activity next year, with two editions of the popular American wild ale, Love Child being released.

The break down:

Heavy Lifting IPA – April, 2015. Year round

The Calling IPA – February, 2015. Smokestack Series, Year- round.

Spring Belle Saison – March – April, 2015. Seasonal.

Funky Pumpkin – Sept – Oct. Seasonal

Snow & Tell – Nov-Dec. Seasonal.

Imperial Stout X – Brewed with coffee. February, 2015

Love Child #5 – American Wild Ale. May, 2015

Imperial Stout X – Aged in Rum Barrels. June, 2015

Collaboration #5 – With brewery TBA.  July, 2015

Imperial Stout X – Style TBA, September, 2015

Imperial Stout X – Style TBA, December, 2015

Love Child #6 – American Wild Ale, December, 2015

Posted in Boulevard Brewing, Coming Soon

Boulevard Crown Town Ale Released

Boulevard Crown Town Al

Boulevard Brewing is proud of the Kansas City Royals. This year they almost took it all home. Crown Town Ale signifies the achievements of the team, and the loyal fans that surround it.

October of 2014 will forever be remembered in Kansas City as a time when the entire community united in support of our home-town team. Crown Town Ale is our toast to their inspiring journey and the remarkable achievements of our boys in blue; a golden blonde ale with bright citrus notes and just a hint of bitterness.

Boulevard Crown Town Ale will only be available in Kansas City, Missouri. The brewery has not set a release date. Due to copyright and trademark laws, the beer has no mention of the baseball team on the label.

The Royals finished 89-73 on the season.

Style: Blonde Ale
Hops: Lemon Drop, Saphir, Northern Brewer, Magnum
Malts: Pale, Honey, Munich

Availability: 750ml bottles. Kansas City, MO only
Arrival: 12/16/14

6.2% ABV


Posted in Boulevard Brewing, Coming Soon

Boulevard “Reboots” A Past Smokestack Release

Boulevard Reboot White IPA

Boulevard Brewing Company (Kansas City, MO) is literally rebooting a past release from the Smokestack Series again. The first time this beer was made, it was an Oregon/Missouri mashup with Deschutes Brewing. The beer was so good, it needed a reboot.

This re-release of our 2011 Collababoration Series No 2 White IPA brings back the unique marriage of a classic Belgian-Style witbier to an American IPA. Version 2.0 has upgraded its spicy aroma, with hints of bubblegum and clove. Bold flavors will launch upon uncorking, as sage and lemongrass balance the tangy, zesty wheat malt profile. Of course we recommend keeping at least two backups in the fridge. Press start to repeat.

Style: White IPA
Availability: 750 ml bottles, Corked & Caged
Arrival: TBA

9.6% ABV

Below, Deschutes’ edition of the past collaboration. Soon to be “Reboot

Boulevard Conflux 2


Posted in Boulevard Brewing, New Releases, Videos

Boulevard on New Coffee Ale [VIDEO]

Boulevard Brewing Co (Kansas City, MO) releases Coffee Ale this week – a part of the Smokestack Series of brews. Coffee Ale is an American Strong Ale that draws all its coffee flavor from the beans that come from The Roasterie.