Boulevard releases experimental mint beer

The Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, Mo.
The Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, Mo.

Boulevard’s newest brew isn’t made with chocolate or coffee, but it will probably be hard to get.

Tripel Julep, a super-small batch of the Kansas City brewery’s Long Strange Tripel beer aged in whiskey barrels and infused with fresh mint leaves, hits taps at Kansas City bars over the next two weeks.

The experimental beer is the brainchild of brewmaster Steven Pauwels, who got the idea after trying a mint julep, a Southern cocktail made with bourbon and mint. The mint julep is the traditional beverage of the Kentucky Derby, coming up May 3 and 4.

Boulevard isn’t bottling Tripel Julep, and it will only be on tap in Kansas City . Look for it at local bars that sell the brewery’s Smokestack Series beers.

Boulevard has released limited edition beers before, but this is the first experimental, “very limited” beer that’s been available outside of the brewery’s tasting room. Boulevard marketing manager Julie Weeks wrote in an email that if all goes well, the brewery might consider releasing more of its test brews in Kansas City.

As for Tripel Julep’s taste? Imagine a fresh, more complex spin on Long Strange Tripel, a “golden-amber colored, full bodied beer with an intense fruity aroma of bananas” and a “hint of toffee,” according to Boulevard’s