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This Hanukkah, give the gift of He’Brew beer

The 5th Annual He’Brew Gift Pack comes with eight special release beers by Shmaltz Brewing Company, plus a custom glass, Hanukkah candles, instructions on building your own beer menorah, and this beer menorah portrait by New York painter Jennifer Maher.
The 5th Annual He’Brew Gift Pack comes with eight special release beers by Shmaltz Brewing Company, plus a custom glass, Hanukkah candles, instructions on building your own beer menorah, and this beer menorah portrait by New York painter Jennifer Maher. Schmaltz Brewing Company

Here’s one way to toast the start of Hanukkah in Kansas City: Head to Bier Station at sundown on Tuesday for a taste of several He’Brew: The Chosen Beer brews by New York-based Shmaltz Brewing Co.

Bier Station, 120 E. Gregory Blvd. in the Waldo neighborhood, is one of 18 “chosen” bars picked by Shmaltz for “Chanukah Kickoff” parties. The Kansas City bar will have four He’Brew beers on tap. Among them:

Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass the Beer, a dark ale brewed with eight varieties of malts and eight varieties of hops. The festive beer is also 8 percent alcohol by volume — a nod to Hanukkah’s eight nights.

Reunion Ale ’14 — A Beer for Hope, a collaboration with Georgia-based Terrapin Beer Co., is a dark imperial brown ale brewed with toasted coconut, vanilla, cinnamon, coffee and cocoa nibs. A portion of proceeds benefits the Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research.

Rejewvenator, a mix between a Belgian-style dubbel ale and a dopplebock European-style lager, was brewed with California merlot wine and Concord grapes from New York.

St. Lenny’s — The Immaculate Collaboration, a Belgian-style rye double IPA, was brewed in partnership with Cathedral Square Brewery in St. Louis. The boozy beer is 10 percent alcohol by volume.

Bier Station’s He’Brew “Chanukah Kickoff” starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. on Tuesday. If you can’t make it but still want to give (or get) the gift of beer this Hanukkah, here are two He’Brew special releases you can find at local liquor stores:

Jewbilation 18 celebrates He’Brew’s 18th anniversary with 18 malts and 18 hops. The black session barleywine is not 18 percent alcohol by volume (that would be a little much) but it’s still a winter warmer at 12.4 percent ABV.

The 5th Annual He’Brew Gift Pack comes with eight bottles of special release Shmaltz beers — one for every night of Hanukkah. Jewbilation 18, Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass the Beer, Reunion Ale ’14 — A Beer for Hope and St. Lenny’s — The Immaculate Collaboration are all included in the gift pack. Also inside: A custom glass, Hanukkah candles and instructions on building your own beer menorah.

In other beer news, Boulevard’s Crown Town Ale comes out in Kansas City on Tuesday. Here’s our review of the limited-release beer brewed in tribute to the Kansas City Royals.

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

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