The Food Issue

Rare beer for $5 a glass at Haus

Updated: 2013-03-15T00:15:12Z

By CINDY HOEDEL

The Kansas City Star

A conventional notion in the restaurant industry is to not create demand unless you are sure you can satisfy it. Haus, a German restaurant and Old World beer emporium that favors German spellings, has turned that idea on its head with monthly Rare Bier Tappings.

The tappings were the brainchild of Desmond Carr, one of Haus’ four owners. In building the restaurant’s impressive list of imported beers, Carr learned that many brews he was interested in had extremely limited availability. Some are shipped just once a year on a container ship, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.

Instead of turning down interesting beers that could not be purchased in large enough quantities to put on the permanent menu, Carr brings in one scarce beer a month and sells it for $5 a glass until it runs out.

“It lets customers taste beers they won’t find anywhere else in town at a price that takes the risk out of it. If you don’t like it, you’re only out $5,” Carr says. Call the restaurant to check availability of the rare pours.

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