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Bridger’s Bottle Shop and Rye are brewing spring beer dinners

04/23/2014 12:38 PM

04/23/2014 12:39 PM

Spring is a great season for beer — baseball season’s in swing, patios are warming up, and American Craft Beer Week

is just around the corner.

If you’re into beer pairings, consider toasting some stellar brews — and food — with a beer dinner at Bridger’s Bottle Shop in Westport or Rye in Leawood.

Bridger’s Bottle Shop, 510 Westport Rd., is planning its first beer dinner on April 30 with 4 Hands Brewing Co. of St. Louis. The menu, which you can view here

, was designed by chef Andrew Heimburger and Certified Cicerone and general manager Erica Pyles.

The five-course meal starts with an asparagus salad topped with ginger-lemongrass gel and served alongside Contact High, an American Pale Wheat Ale. Heim’s tea-smoked pork belly goes with Cuvee Ange, an American Wild Ale, and his braised lamb shank with War Hammer Imperial IPA.

Bridger’s beer dinner concludes with toasted grain ice cream and a pours from a rare keg of Eclipse Stout.

Tickets to the dinner cost $65 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity, and are only available at the bar/bottle shop.

Leawood’s Rye restaurant, located at 10551 Mission Road, is planning a local beer dinner on May 13, right at the beginning of American Craft Beer week.

Chefs Megan and Colby Garrelts drafted a four-course menu (

view it here) that kicks off with a firkin of Tallgrass Halcyon wheat beer. The meal begins with a fava bean salad paired with Boulevard’s Love Child #4, a limited edition sour beer. The second course is rabbit confit stew with Free State’s Old Backus Barleywine, and the third is lamb breast served with Little Apple’s

Double IPA.

Rye’s beer dinner ends on a sweet note with a strawberry malt sundae and

Schlafly

’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout.

Tickets to Rye’s May 13 beer dinner cost $65 plus tax and gratuity; you can order them by calling 913-642-5800.

More on local beer from The Star:

Westport’s new Bridger’s Bottle Shop is two operations in one

Tallgrass Brewing Company plans expansion in Manhattan

Free State Brewing Co. celebrates 25 years in business

Contact Sarah Gish via email at sgish@kcstar.com or tweet @sarah_gish.

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