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TGIF: Craft Beer Salute of the Week

Boulevard Brewing Company's Sixth Glass Quadrupel AleThis week, we are once again saluting our Mid-western friends with a beer that comes to you from The City of Fountains. Kansas City, Missouri has a beautiful network of boulevards and parks, it’s home to some major architectural firms in the national and international spotlight, and sports two private residences and a church designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Since the city is full of creativity, and over 200 fountains flowing throughout, we felt that the Boulevard Brewing Company’s Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale was a craft beer worth taking a looking at.

Founder John McDonald finished construction of his vintage Bravarian brewhouse in 1989 and delivered the first batches of beer from the back of his truck.  Boulevard Brewing has certainly expanded since those early days, becoming the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest. They use both new and traditional brewing techniques that seem to be working well for them as they’ve taken home a GABF® gold medal for their unfiltered wheat beer. Aside from their brewing, this is another company that wins a gold medal for their efforts in sustainability. Their new brewhouse and packaging facility has a green roof and they started the first local glass recycling program, Ripple Glass, in Kansas City, among other great programs!

The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale is a Belgian Quadrupel that packs a punch with 10.5% alcohol, so be careful with this one!  While it wasn’t my favorite of the beers I’ve reviewed,  it is another award winner for Boulevard. In fact, it’s a world class beer having taken home several international awards…so you know it’s good.   

If you like a sweeter beer with mild hops that’s on the effervescent side, then this guy is for you. It pours with a deep, auburn coloring and has a malty sweetness upon opening. The taste has a malted toffee sweetness with a small hint of nutmeg or clove spice. The high carbonation left a rolling tingle on the tongue that lingers in the back of your mouth. Kansas City is known for it’s barbecue, and if there’s any sweetness in in your sauce then I would not bring  this beer to the pit. You would be better served pairing this with something on the saltier side for a little balance.

Once again my friends, you reached the end of your work week and this beer is a great way to unwind. Have a great weekend and enjoy!

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