Bottle conditioning involves the addition of a small amount of yeast and sugar to the beer just before packaging to produce a secondary fermentation in the bottle. This traditional (but now uncommon) practice creates a remarkable depth of flavor, and results in a beer that tastes fresher, better, longer.
How many people work at Boulevard Brewing Company?
About 240 lucky Kansas Citians get to call themselves Boulevardians, along with 100+ folks around the country who are part of our sales team!
Where can I find the code date, and what does it tell me?
All of our bottles, cartons and keg rings carry two sets of codes. The first tells us the date and time the beer was packaged, along with other technical details. The second provides a suggested “best by” date. Bear in mind that the best by date is a guideline – beer that has been properly stored may remain in a good drinking window for considerably longer. Please head here for more details.
Can I tour the brewery?
You bet! We’re as proud of our brewery as we are of our beers. We offer brewery tours (and samples!) seven days a week, except for holidays and the occasional company outing. Check our tours page for more information.
Where are Boulevard beers distributed?
Our beers are currently sold in 45 states – see our Beer Finder for locations near you.
Boulevard beers are also available in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden.
Are Boulevard beers vegan-friendly?
Most of our year-round beers are, with the exception of Steep Drop Nitro Coffee Milk Stout, which is brewed with lactose sugar. Occasionally we release seasonal, limited release, or test offerings that also contain lactose sugar.
Why did you stop making (insert your favorite past Boulevard beer here)?!
It’s never easy to put a beer out to pasture, but sometimes bad things happen to good beers and they have to step aside to make room for our team to experiment. Retired beers may be gone, but they’re not forgotten. And they aren’t necessarily gone for good – sometimes they’re just on an extended vacation.
How do I find out if Boulevard will sponsor or donate to my upcoming event, charity or organization?
We dig your air quotes. Nice work. You can find us on Twitter and Instagram under the handle @Boulevard_Beer, and that other place at Facebook.com/Boulevard. Go ahead. Ask us anything.
I heard that Boulevard is a member of a family of craft breweries. True?
True. In January 2014 Boulevard became part of the Duvel Moortgat family. Based in Belgium, Duvel Moortgat is a fourth generation, family-owned business that’s been brewing amazing beers since 1871. In addition to Boulevard, the group includes Brewery Ommegang and Firestone Walker in the U.S., and Duvel, Liefmans, Brasserie d’Achouffe, Maredsous, Vedett, De Koninck, Bel Pils and Brouwerij ‘t IJ in Europe.
Hardly. We think of Duvel Moortgat as a collection of little jewels. Compared to the global mega-brewers, our combined production doesn’t amount to a drop in the bucket. But we’re fine with that. The big guys do what they do very well, mass producing and mass marketing simple, standardized beers. If that’s what you crave, they got you covered. We’re interested in something else entirely.
Tell me about accessibility?
Our Tours & Rec Center is fully ADA-accessible. A ramp at the southwest corner of the building leads to the first floor; the second floor Beer Hall is accessible via elevator.
Our brewery tour ranges across our expansive, multi-story campus and includes more than 160 stair steps, but ramps or elevators allow access to all stops. Occasionally we offer specialty tours; due to the ‘behind the scenes’ nature many stops on those tours are accessible only via stairs.
Strollers are not permitted on tours, but may be left behind at our Tours & Rec Center.
Can I reserve tickets in advance or over the phone?
Tickets to our tours are reserved online. Advance ticket sales stop at 10:00 am CST on the day of the tour. Occasionally day-of tickets will be available if all tickets are not sold by door opening; so you may inquire at the front desk. However, please note that weekend and holiday time slots typically fill up fast!
Do I need to bring anything with me?
Anyone planning to sample should be prepared to present a valid ID. Brewery Tour guests are strongly encouraged to wear closed-toe shoes. Specialty Tour guests must wear closed-toe shoes (anyone not wearing closed-toe shoes for a ‘behind the scenes’ tour will not be permitted to take the tour and will forfeit their ticket cost).
Who can take a tour?
Our Brewery Tours are open to visitors of all ages but are not recommended for children under the age of seven. Remember, it’s a working manufacturing plant; all little ones must be kept close.
Specialty Tours are limited to those 21 and over; attendees must present a valid ID.
Please be considerate of your fellow travelers – visitors behaving badly will be asked to leave.
I’M RUNNING 5 MINUTES LATE FOR MY TOUR, I AM SO SORRY! CAN I BE CAUGHT UP?
Due to the expansiveness of our campus and safety standards, we cannot catch any guest up to a tour that has left the Tours & Rec Center—no exceptions.
I’m running 5 minutes late for my tour, I am so sorry! Can I be caught up?
Due to the expansiveness of our campus and safety standards, we cannot catch any guest up to a tour that has left the Tours & Rec Center—no exceptions - no refunds.
I booked a private tour for 15 guests, but only have 10! Can we have extra beers to make up for this?
Private Tours are charged a flat rate regardless of guest count, and the amount of beer included is allocated by each guest in attendance only.
BEER HALL FAQs
Can I rent the place?
The Beer Hall is open to the public seven days a week and is not available for rental. However, we do offer five beautiful spaces for your private functions. Find more info here.
Do I need a reservation?
No, reservations are not necessary. However, for parties of 20 or more please email firstname.lastname@example.org to plan ahead and explore group options. Reservations for the Beer Hall on Saturdays are limited, please inquire about the Rec Deck.
Do I have to take a tour to visit the Beer Hall?
No! Any and all are welcome, before a tour, after a tour, or if you simply want to hang in a cool space with fun people, delicious beer and good food.
Other than really good beer, what else is happening in the Beer Hall?
Our kitchen serves beer-friendly food like pretzel bites with beer cheese, hummus, charcuterie boards, and a rotating menu of sandwiches, tacos, and dips. You’ll find a 1957 Shasta trailer repurposed as a photo booth, a big deck with great views of downtown, board games, and friendly, beer-loving staff to help you choose from our long list of fine beers, hard seltzers & craft cocktails, and answer all your Boulevard-related questions.
Can I bring my kids?
Yes, to the Beer Hall (Rec Deck is 21+ Only). Please remember that we're a drinking establishment and not a child-proof playground, so you’ll need to keep a close eye on the little ones. We proudly serve locally-made sodas for kids and non-alcohol drinkers to enjoy.
How about my dog? He’s super cute!
We’re dog lovers as well, but the Tours & Rec Center and Beer Hall can only welcome registered service animals due to KCMO Health Department Regulations.
Can I buy the merch in your Tours & Rec Center gift shop online?
Most of our shop offerings are available online, but there are certain items (i.e., tin tackers, beer, neon signs) that we cannot ship.
Do you ship internationally?
Sorry, we do not ship internationally at this time.
On Saturdays & select other nights our Rec Deck on the 4th floor of our building is open. The Rec Deck is a 21+ space only (no teens, children, or babies). The Rec Deck is where you will find our shuffleboard courts, foosball table, and table shuffleboard. The shuffleboard courts can be reserved ahead of time or on-the-spot if available. The courts are $7 per person for a 1-hour rental and a staff-led lesson. Foosball and table shuffleboard are free to play and are first-come-first-serve.
We have numerous packages to choose from, with the Brewers' Tap Room rates starting at $1,000. Choose from a variety of event spaces and download an information sheet for details. Remember that all Boulevard private rentals include the bar.
Is food included?
No. Boulevard rentals include unlimited Boulevard beer and additional beverages depending on the venue, but not food or any food service items. However, Tours & Rec Center event venues offer in-house catering, or you can arrange for catering or, in certain event spaces, source food yourself.
Can I use any caterer?
With the Tours & Rec Center rentals they allow outside catering from a limited Approved list- with a Muehlebach Suite event, you can select any full-service professional caterer, but they will need a contract on file and liability insurance for the day of the event, and you caterer will need to provide appropriate food service staffing. All other private venues allow any outside food, and in some cases, self-catering.
Can we bring our own food?
The Heim Room, The Brewhouse Bar, and The Tap Room all allow self-catering, drop-off, and carry-out options.
Can we bring our own wine and liquor?
All private rentals include unlimited Boulevard beer, and additional beverages depending on the specific venue. Boulevard does not serve liquor, and we do not allow outside alcohol of any kind.
Do you provide bartenders?
Professional bar service is included in all rentals.
Can we have a cash bar?
No. If you wish to limit or contain consumption, we can collect drink tickets if provided to your guests.
Can we have live music?
Yes, depending on the event space, and with certain limitations.
Is audio/visual equipment included?
Yes. However, each venue offers a different level of technology and Audio/Visual capability. If Audio/Visual is a critical component of your event plans, please check with the Hospitality department to make sure that the venue you are considering is capable of delivering the Audio/Visual content you require.
Smoking is permitted only in designated outdoor spaces.
Can non-profit organizations get a discount?
Boulevard offers a reduced rate for 501(c)(3) organizations for Muehlebach Suite rentals during the first quarter of each calendar year, and for events on Sunday-Tuesday throughout the remainder of the year.