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Tap into the cool brews offered at this weekend’s Boulevardia festival

Lost in the land of Boulevardia? There’s an app for that.

Boulevard Brewing Co. is kicking off its fourth annual summer street festival this weekend in a new location — the Stockyards District.

The app can help you navigate the nooks and crannies — including the Cellar, a beer station in a parking garage. That’s where I did a beer tasting with Pat Mullin, Boulevard’s digital marketing manager just before the gates opened Friday night.

The Cellar offers festival-goers a taste of the Boulevard Smokestack series, as well as a few offerings from their Belgian sister brewers.

“Mainly it’s really kinda honing in on the Boulevard higher-end, more complex beers that we have in our portfolio,” Mullin said.

But watch for specials throughout the festival: The Boulevardia app can alert you to limited releases and cool vintage bottles that will be popping up every few hours.

For example, Friday night festival-goers will get to try Jam Band Berry Ale, a beer that hasn’t been released. The fruit-forward beer is made from blueberries, raspberries and tart cherries. Early festival-goers can also try the Tequila Barrel Lime Gose, “which is more or less margarita beer,” Mullin says.

For an easy-drinking, thirst-quenching beer, check out the Collaboration Ale, a festival partnership between Boulevard and Piney River Brewing Co. in Bucyrus, Mo., a rendition of a traditional cream ale that Mullens deems “sessionable.”

Ah, that word sessionable.

“A lot of people use the word ‘sessionable’ in inappropiate ways anymore,” Mullin says. “If you’re going above say maybe 4.5 to 5 (ABV), you’re beyond ‘sessionable.’”

To learn more about the various beers featured at the Cellar and other festival locales, watch our Facebook Live beer tasting.