Quaintly tucked away on 76th Street in downtown Overland Park, Burg and Barrel has the perfect set up to be a great neighborhood pub.
By RENEE KELLY
Just off of Metcalf Avenue, you almost have to hear about it to know about it.
Above the blue shingles and carrot orange stamped logo explains the entire concept, Burg and Barrel. This place does great burgers and celebrates everything in a barrel.
Craft beer signs decorate the wheat colored walls and the rafters are embellished with beer taps. Wooden barrel tops are intermingled along the walls paying homage to its 41 different whiskey and bourbons. This is where “Barrel” comes in to play.
A familiar classic rock song had me humming while I gazed across the drink menu. Immediately I recognized the importance of this document.
Each beer states the place of origin, percentage of alcohol and the international bitters unit (IBU). The last two I have never taken into account. The IBU rating gives the reader an estimate on the hoppiness of the beer, or the bitterness and other flavor profiles like floral and earthiness.
Good beer choices are a must as beer pairings are intermingled throughout the food menu.
The Burg part of the name reflects the wide selection of 100 percent Angus burgers with various toppings between a buttered and griddled bun. I noshed on the mushroom burger with fresh mozzarella, sautéed red onion, garlicky pesto and arugula, paired with a stout beer.
For dessert, nothing short of an adult style ice cream float. Vanilla ice cream scooped into an oversized glass with chocolate sauce, and stout beer. It was dreamy good.
Burg and Barrel has nailed the neighborhood hangout vibe, while serving quality food, great whiskey and craft beers.
Other fun stuff about Burg and Barrel, they are celebrating its first anniversary in February, a perfect time to check them out.
Renee Kelly is the owner of Renee Kelly’s Harvest in Johnson County. Her passion lies in changing the food system, one plate at a time. Her inspiration is Mother nature and the many growers in the Kansas City area.