Draft Magazine has named Waldo’s Bier Station as one of the top beer bars in the nation.
By JOYCE SMITH
The Kansas City Star
The craft beer tasting bar/bottle shop at 120 E. Gregory Blvd. is the only local venue to make the “America’s 100 Best Beer Bars 2014” list.
“We’re pretty pumped. It’s one of the biggest beer geek honors you can get,” said John Couture, owner and operator of the Bier Station.
With more and more beer bars opening, the criteria for a good beer bar “no longer equals a zillion taps. There’s just more to it now,” the magazine said.
“We needed to walk out of these places saying ‘Now there’s a bar that really, really cares about your experience with beer.”
That includes a craft beer selection with an eye to variety, trends and tradition, a venue where you want to linger, and a staff that “knows their stuff.....We want you to go to all 100 of these places because they really are a cut above the rest.”
In compiling the list, the magazine ran across a server who didn’t look up from texting when the customer asked questions, and another who described a saison as ‘basically a lager.” Among the magazine’s favorite bars is one in Washington, D.C. that groups its beers by flavor — citrusy, woodsy — rather than just by style. Another bar in Portland, Ore., is so focused on freshness it lets customers know exactly when the keg was tapped and how much is left.
Draft Magazine, which writes about craft beer and craft beer culture, has been publishing the “America’s 100 Best Beer Bars” list for six years.
Bier Station, which opened in late 2012, also is now open from noon to 8 p.m. Sundays and it has expanded its menu.
New offerings include cheese & charcuterie, Farm to Market Bread Co. pretzels with a variety of dips, couscous with berries and almonds, cucumber salad, Pomme Tots (tater tots with dipping sauces like sriracha, garlic aioli and spicy curry ketchup), build-your-own sandwiches with Farm to Market bread (including a turkey Reuben on marble rye bread with sauerkraut from Affäre restaurant), and Affäre bratwurst.
Featured sandwiches are named after Kansas City’s old trolley stations — Wyandotte, Westmoreland, Harrison and Sunset Hill. It also has put up historic trolley photos.
Bier Station is now offering a lunch special from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily — a featured sandwich and side for $9 (tax included).
Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.
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