Saturday, March 12, 2011

Maifest 2011 - May 7th

The weather is warming and the days are getting longer, which means that it is time to celebrate the coming of summer with the second annual Maifest. For all of you who attended last year, we thank you. For those of you whom have never heard of Maifest get ready for an awesome beercentric festival filled with friends, family, food, and of course a plethora of homebrew! If you are in doubt and don’t know if this is for you, check out how last year’s Maifest went. At Maifest 2010 we drank 18 different beers, ate 214 sausages and 100 burgers. Over 300 friends and family attended and we are expecting plenty more this year. 400? 500? 600? We’ll see. Don’t worry my friends; there will be plenty of beer.

The festival will kick off at 12PM and the beer will flow until 6:00PM. This year’s lineup will cover even more beer styles including favorites from last year: Belgian Ales, German Session Beers and of course HOPOCALYPSE! We have also added a 55 gallon American Oak Barrel to our arsenal so get ready for a couple specialty beers with excellent oak flavor.


As a special treat, we will have Gregory Kolsto with us. Gregory started the nano coffee roaster Oddly Correct which produces, in my humble opinion, the best fresh roasted coffee in town. We’re not sure what all Gregory will be bringing to the table, but we’re sure it will be good. Think Hop Hammer with fewer hops and more beans. The coffee club! Good thing we’ll have our local blackcoffeesmith to run that puppy. 

Food will be provided in the form of Bichelmeyer sausages and locally raised beef burgers with some sides to fill in the gaps. The beer and food are free so bring your beer loving friends, just make sure that they are 21 or older and bring an I.D.  

We will be coming out with more information as the day approaches so stay tuned. For now, here is the current beer menu to wet your appetite!

This Year’s Beer List
Note: Italicized beers are the favorites from last year, retooled and even better!

Brewer: Kyle FitzGerald
10 G. Bavarian Wheat
10 G. Belgian Wit
15 G. Maibock
10 G. Hefeweizen
15 G. Pilsner

10 G. Extra Special Bitter (ESB)

Brewer: Thomas Sanford
10 G. Imperial IPA (with optional Hop Hammer)
10 G. Amber Ale
10 G. Brown Ale

10 G. Porter (with optional Coffee Club)
10 G. American Strong Ale
10 G. Belgian Golden Strong Ale

10 G. Black IPA

Brewer: Ashley Strube
10 G. Belgian Trippel
10 G. Belgian Blonde

10 G. Saison
10 G. Patersbier
10 G. Rye Pale Ale
10 G. Irish Red Rye
10 G. Dusseldorf Altbier
10 G. Dortmunder Export
5 G. Smoked Porter

Guest Brewer: Chris Thowe
10 G. American Wheat
Barrel Beers – aged in an American Oak Barrel
5 G. Oak Aged Russian Imperial Stout
5 G. Oak Aged Russian Imperial Stout with Chocolate and Orange

5 G. Virgin Russian Imperial Stout
10 G. Oak Aged Wee Heavy
10 G. Virgin Wee Heavy

The Pavilion at City Park, Kansas City, Kansas

It is the huge shelter at the very top of City Park, just keep driving up and you cannot miss it.

For any additional information, please RSVP to


  1. Super pumped for this amazing event. The food, beer, and atmosphere are incredible. This is by far and away the best homebrew I have experience. Look for the DuvECK golden strong ale to win overall favorite beer at this years miafest.


  2. I'm right there with Jonathan. I am very excited for this years Maifest. Last year I was skeptical going to this just because it was the first year and I had never tried any of their brews. It honestly turned out to be one of the coolest events I have ever been to and so many of the brews were amazing. I suggest trying all of the brews in very small portions and then going back to the ones you really loved to enjoy a full pint!

    - Erik M.

  3. Thanks guys! Glad to hear you had such a great time last year! It's fun to put on an event like this to shake people's perception of what they think homebrew will taste like and to allow people to try out a TON of new styles they may otherwise not experience. We look forward to seeing you there!

  4. I, as Jonathan am 'super pumped' for this event! :) I have heard so many good things about it - and can't wait to attend this year! Keep up the hard work Tom, Kyle, Strube, and Chris! 37 days! Whaa Whhaaat!