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Gluten-free wine dinner planned at Merchants (and other Tasting Notes)

Merchants Pub & Plate will highlight its less-glutenous side (recall, this is a gastropub that hangs its hat on having 30 craft beers on tap) next week by offering a special gluten-free wine dinner.

“Inherently we’re a beer place, but we do offer within our menu several conveniences for people with dietary restrictions,” chef/owner TK Peterson said. “We’re taking it one step further by kind of dedicating a night to those people.”

The dinner is at 7 p.m. March 6. Cost is $70 per person. Reserve a seat by calling the restaurant at 843-4111. The planned menu includes appetizers, three dinner courses and dessert (sticky toffee pudding cake, FYI) paired with Chilean wines from Emiliana Organic Vineyards.

Merchants’ regular menu notes items that are gluten-free or modifiable to be, which Peterson said helps diners feel more comfortable ordering them without having to ask for special favors or feeling like they’re disrupting the whole table.

“They don’t want to be the people that show up and say, ‘I can't do this and I can’t do that,’” Peterson said.

Find Merchants Pub & Plate at 746 Massachusetts St., 785-843-4111, merchantsonmass.com.

Find Merchants Pub & Plate at 746 Massachusetts St., 785-843-4111, merchantsonmass.com. by Jessica Pauly/Special to the Journal-World

Other upcoming drinking/dining events:

Thursday: Tuscan wine tasting, 6 p.m. at Genovese, featuring a five-course menu paired with selections from Brancaia Winery. Cost is $59 per person. Call 842-0300 to reserve a seat.

March 6: Exploring Argentina wine dinner, 6:30 p.m. at the Eldridge. Cost is $65 per person. To reserve a seat call 749-1005 or email lindsay@oliviacollection.com. (Here’s the menu)

March 8: Kansas Craft Brewers Exposition at Abe & Jake’s Landing. Tickets are long sold out, but if you nabbed some, don’t forget to go!

March 11: Rogue beer dinner, 7 p.m. at Mariscos. Oregon-based Rogue Ales is known for some off-the-wall brews, even for craft beer. The planned menu for this dinner includes duck-fat-seared scallops paired with Morimoto Soba Ale, roasted carrot and almond soup with Hazelnut Brown Nectar, steak and ale samosas with Brutal IPA and cherry and stout upside-down cake with Double Chocolate Stout. Cost is $65 per person; to reserve a seat call 312-9057.

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Coming soon to Free State: William S. Burroughs, the beer

Free State Brewing Co. is paying tribute to the 100th anniversary of the birth of William S. Burroughs with a special brew called Burroughser Weisse. Pictured in this contributed photo from Free State, the fuchsia-colored beer will be served in a special commemorative glass designed by local artist Jessica Rold.

Free State Brewing Co. is paying tribute to the 100th anniversary of the birth of William S. Burroughs with a special brew called Burroughser Weisse. Pictured in this contributed photo from Free State, the fuchsia-colored beer will be served in a special commemorative glass designed by local artist Jessica Rold.

Imagine William S. Burroughs as a beer. Free State Brewing Co. did, and the result is “Burroughser Weisse.”

Tributes to Burroughs — the beat generation icon who lived his final years in Lawrence — are planned nationwide this year, the 100th anniversary of his birth. Here in Lawrence, Free State is even commemorating him with a special beer. Head of downtown brewing Geoff Deman shared these tasting notes with us today:

Burroughser Weisse takes an already esoteric beer style and turns it on its head. Based on the Berliner Weisse style known for a sour, tart finish that drinkers have historically tempered with the addition of Raspberry or Woodruff syrup, Burroughser Weisse amps up the tartness a bit with a bold addition of Hibiscus Flowers to the kettle, resulting in a bright fuchsia color in this crisp and refreshing ale.

Burroughser Weisse will be released Feb. 5, Burroughs’ birthday. It will be on draft at Free State Brewery and “select Lawrence locations” while supplies last.

According to Free State, James Grauerholz, longtime friend and Burroughs Estate executor, suggested the Berliner Weisse style after having enjoyed it with Burroughs in the city of its namesake. Deman said the beer involved production methods and practices brewers donʼt normally apply. “Burroughs employed the cut-up technique in many of his writings,” Deman said. “Burroughser Weisse can be seen as the brewing equivalent, with processes out of their typical order, coming together to make something unique and special.”

ICYMI: Burroughs fans, check out Journal-World features reporter Nadia Imafidon’s recent A&E cover story, “Writer, iconoclast, 'creative observer': Celebrating 100 years of William S. Burroughs.”

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Tasting notes: Lawrence bar guide, Spanish wines and a ‘handy’ beer dinner

The Float Trip at Pachamama's, 800 New Hampshire St.

The Float Trip at Pachamama's, 800 New Hampshire St. by Sara Shepherd

A few notes from Lawrence's eating and drinking front — a little heavy on the drinking side this time.

This week

Kansas City’s Ink magazine has a Lawrence watering hole on the cover of its latest edition, and more Lawrence inside. Ink released its first Lawrence Bar Guide this week, with a cover photo shot at Frank’s North Star Tavern, a story about our potpourri of a bar scene and spotlights some of our more notable adult libations.

Mentions include daytime cocktails from The Roost, the Basil Rickey at 715, Pachamama’s glorious Float Trip and Frank’s Grape Drank. (To quote the article, that last one is “made with a healthy pour of vodka and a top-secret ingredient that may or may not be grape Kool-Aid. OK, it’s grape Kool-Aid. From a plastic jug in the fridge.”) Cheers to Lawrence!

Next week

Cava, albarino, mencia, rioja and tempranillo are among the wines to be featured at La Parrilla’s Spanish Wine and Food Tasting event next week. Spanish native Josu Galdos of Wine Imports will speak about the featured wines, paired with food courses inspired by chef Alejandro Lule’s trip to Madrid this summer. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Wine Cellar at La Parrilla, 724 Massachusetts St. Cost is $48 per person. Seating is limited, and reservations should be made by calling 841-1100.

Sept. 3

Mariscos is planning a craft beer dinner with quaffs from Left Hand Brewing Co. of Longmont, Colo. The four-course menu includes hearty food and beers with fun names. My favorites: the ginger-kissed Good Juju (paired with crab and goat cheese pizza) and an IPA called 400 Pound Monkey (with buffalo and bacon meatloaf). The event is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 3 at Mariscos, 4821 W. Sixth St. Cost is $49 per person, and reservations should be made by calling 312-9057.

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Toast to Lawrence’s post-raid rebirth with a cold glass of Free State’s Phoenix Rising

A glass of Phoenix Rising at Free State, a beer the brewery created to commemorate Quantrill's 1863 raid on Lawrence and the city's rebuilding after it.

A glass of Phoenix Rising at Free State, a beer the brewery created to commemorate Quantrill's 1863 raid on Lawrence and the city's rebuilding after it. by Sara Shepherd

Today marks the 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence, and thus a great afternoon or evening to toast to the city’s remarkable rebirth. Free State Brewing Co. has created the perfect beer for this — a special commemorative brew called Phoenix Rising, now on tap at the brewpub.

Bartender Ian Sotomayor said Phoenix Rising has been popular so far. It will be available as long as supplies last, and Sotomayor estimated the brewery has enough to serve it for another week or so. Besides the beer itself, Free State also created special commemorative glasses to serve it in. There’s a limited number of the glasses, which aren’t for sale — so soak in the cool “From the ashes, immortality” design while you’re sipping because you don’t get to take it home.

A close-up of the "From the ashes, immortality" design on a commemorative glass used to serve Phoenix Rising lager at Free State.

A close-up of the "From the ashes, immortality" design on a commemorative glass used to serve Phoenix Rising lager at Free State. by Sara Shepherd

Here’s Free State’s full description of the bold but easy drinking brew: “This red, fiery-hued lager, named for the mythical bird that adorns Lawrence’s official seal, honors the spirit of Lawrence, in the wake of Quantrill’s raid on August 21, 1863. The attack left more than 150 dead and most of the buildings burned to the ground. This year marks the 150th anniversary of that fateful day. Pilsner and Munich malts combine with Vanguard hops, creating a balanced, malty lager with just enough hop presence. (O.G. - 13.1 P/1053 Hops - 25 IBUs)”

In related border war history-inspired beer news, Free State also is currently pouring Josiah Miller IPA. (It’s OK, I didn’t know who he was, either, even though I probably should. Free State’s beer description to the rescue.) “Josiah Miller was an anti-slavery man raised on South Carolina that moved to Kansas in 1854 and began the anti-slavery paper, Kansas Free State. He was credited with coining our state motto, Ad Astra per Aspera. This medium bodied, deep copper IPA is slightly silky from the addition of unmalted oats to the mash and definitely hoppy, with the addition of fruity/citrusy Citra hops. (O.G. 14.8 P/1060 Hops - 68 IBUs)”

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Tasting notes: More palate teasers from Merchants, craft beer dinner, free sweet tea

Here's a couple of food- and drink-tasting opportunities to be had this week in Lawrence.

Tonight

La Parrilla this week will play host to its second tasting event in the wine cellar beneath the restaurant’s new location, 724 Massachusetts St. A dinner featuring beer and food pairings is planned for 6:30 p.m. today. Leading the event is Steve Wilson of City Wine Market who has selected a lineup of American micro-brews and some European samplings. Cost is $48 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 841-1100. There were still spots available as of late Tuesday.

Thursday

McAlister’s Deli is celebrating its fifth-annual Free Tea Day on Thursday, and according to a press release from the restaurant’s corporate office, nationwide the chain expects to give away more than 320,000 32-ounce glasses of their "Famous Sweet Tea." That’s a lot of free tea! The Lawrence McAlisters is located at 2108 W. 27th St. No purchase is necessary to get the free tea, but if you’re hungry the fast-casual restaurant is known for its sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts.

Friday

Merchants Pub and Plate, the new gastropub scheduled to open next month in the space formerly home to Tellers, will again serve samples from its menu at Final Fridays. Owners said they served more than 600 samples to Final Friday-goers at the Phoenix Gallery in June. This week, Merchants is setting up shop at 5 p.m. Friday at the Cider Gallery, located at 810 Pennsylvania St. in the Warehouse Arts District.

“We’re having a lot of fun sharing our concept and getting ready for the opening through these tasting events,” chef/owner TK Peterson said in an event announcement.

A note for those interested in more than just the food: This week’s Final Fridays reception at the Cider Gallery will feature large-scale photographic works by Lawrence artist Tim Forcade and indigenous-inspired paintings by Colombia native Majo.

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Wining and dining diversions for July: 250 wines in one room, Manhattan beer, fancy meal with French wine

Inevitably July will start acting like July any day now, and it’s going to get hot. A few adult-beverage and food-tasting events in the coming weeks promise to be refreshing diversions. Here’s what’s on tap.

Salute! Grand Tasting

Salute!, Lawrence’s annual wine and food tasting festival to benefit Cottonwood Inc., is next week. The Grand Tasting and Auction is set for 6:30 to 10 p.m. July 13 at the Oread, 1200 Oread Ave. Tickets are $75 per person and include a souvenir wine glass, butler tray and tote bag. Purchase tickets and find more details online at salutewinefest.com.

The event will feature more than 250 wines and food from local restaurants and caterers. Salute! 2012 netted more than $114,000 for Cottonwood, a nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities.

Salute! Winemaker Dinner

The much-less-expensive Salute! Mass St. Mosey — a $40-per-person wine walk in downtown Lawrence — is sold out (again). But if you can afford it, a more climate-controlled option with fancier fare is the $150-per-person Salute! Winemaker Dinner.

French wine from multiple growing regions highlights this year’s dinner July 12 at the Oread. A reception with hors d'oeuvres and wine begins at 6:30 p.m., and the four-course dinner at 7 p.m. Reservations are required. Purchase tickets and see the full wine list and dinner menu at salutewinefest.com.

Tallgrass Brewery Beer Dinner

Manhattan-brewed beer will boldly breach sports-rivalry lines for Genovese’s annual beer dinner. The five-course Tallgrass Brewery Beer Dinner is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 18 at the restaurant, 941 Massachusetts St. Cost is $49 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 842-0300.

Planned courses include duck confit crostini with 8-Bit Hop-Rocketed American Pale Ale, barbecued pork pizza with Velvet Rooster Belgian-Style Tripel and, for dessert, chocolate Kahlua panna cotta with Buffalo Sweat Oatmeal Cream Stout.

Fun fact — a few years ago Tallgrass abandoned bottles and went all-can, all the time. The “Tallgrass Canifesto” on the company’s website decrees: "Cans seal better than bottles and totally block sunlight, which keeps our beer tasting fresher, longer. Cans are more fun. You can take cans to the pool, concerts, lakes, stadiums, hot tubs, golf courses, and anywhere else you can’t take glass. Last, but not least, the aluminum can is WAY better for the environment than bottles. Cans are 12x lighter than glass, which means it takes less energy to ship the same amount of beer. But the biggest advantage is how easy it is to recycle cans. A recycled aluminum can will be made into another can and back on the shelf in about 60 days."

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A taste of what’s on the menu for Merchants Pub and Plate (quail panzanella!)

Philip Wilson, left, and chef T.K. Peterson, co-owners of Merchants Pub and Plate, offer samples of menu items from their new restaurant, opening in August at 746 Massachusetts St.

Philip Wilson, left, and chef T.K. Peterson, co-owners of Merchants Pub and Plate, offer samples of menu items from their new restaurant, opening in August at 746 Massachusetts St. by Sara Shepherd

Co-owners of the soon-to-come Merchants Pub and Plate, Philip Wilson and chef T.K. Peterson, were chatting up potential customers while whipping up appetizers Friday evening in the back room of the Phoenix Gallery.

Final Friday-goers got to try two items expected to be on the menu at the new gastropub-style restaurant, on track to open in mid-August in the building formerly home to Teller’s, 746 Massachusetts St. (Previously, Wilson was the operating manager of Teller’s, and Peterson was executive chef at the Oread.)

On the table at Phoenix Gallery were samples of Black Pepper Mascarpone Crostini with Peach Basil Preserves and little boats of Grilled Quail Panzanella Salad, a mix of tender quail slices, arugula, diced tomatoes, fresh onions and bread cubes that soaked up a bright vinaigrette (a decidedly non-woodsy take on quail, and, unlike some at-home versions around these parts, birdshot-free!). I thought both were pretty to look at, fresh, flavorful and season-appropriate — and of course even better with a sip of the sauvignon blanc and IPA they were serving next door at BIAO Designs.

Black Pepper Mascarpone Crostini with Peach Basil Preserves

Black Pepper Mascarpone Crostini with Peach Basil Preserves by Sara Shepherd

Grilled Quail Panzanella Salad

Grilled Quail Panzanella Salad by Sara Shepherd

That’s good, because one of Merchants’ main goals is making seasonal food that goes well with beer, Peterson said. “It’s just kind of the food I want to cook,” he said. “Our restaurant’s going to be heavy on the beer side of things ... we’re beer enthusiasts.”

Merchants plans to have 30 beers on tap — all craft varieties, including Free State and other area beers — with no duplicate handles. Owners say that’s easily the most beers on tap of any place in town.

For updates on the restaurant’s anticipated opening, keep an eye on Merchants at Twitter.com/MerchantsOnMass or like them at facebook.com/MerchantsOnMass.

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What’s on tap for Craft Beer Week? Two new collaborative brews and more

John Dean of Blind Tiger Brewery (left), Bryan "Bucky" Buckingham of 23rd Street Brewery and Geoff Deman of Free State Brewery after a day of brewing in Topeka. Photo from www.facebook.com/TheBlindTigerBreweryandRestaurant

John Dean of Blind Tiger Brewery (left), Bryan "Bucky" Buckingham of 23rd Street Brewery and Geoff Deman of Free State Brewery after a day of brewing in Topeka. Photo from www.facebook.com/TheBlindTigerBreweryandRestaurant by Sara Shepherd

Lawrence brewers are ringing in American Craft Beer Week with two envelope-pushing creations I got to sneak-preview this morning. (Though neither one of these contains mint...)

For the second year, head brewers from Lawrence’s Free State and 23rd Street breweries and Topeka’s Blind Tiger Brewery collaborated to create a new beer in honor of the week, being celebrated nationwide Monday through May 19.

They named this year's concoction “Smoke on the Wheat." Light as straw and crisp as Perrier but with a roguish smoky overtone — and as 23rd Street head brewer Bryan “Bucky” Buckingham notes, a little baloney on the nose (...or maybe it sounds better to say charcuterie?) — Smoke on the Wheat is in the style of a 14th century Polish Grätzer ale. The beer, made with oak-smoked wheat and Polish yeast, is low-alcohol, high-carbonation and pours with a big, fluffy head.

A second collaborative brew, created by 23rd Street and members of the Lawrence Brewers Guild, will be tapped Monday at 23rd Street.

“LBG Collaboration No. 2” is a Belgian-style IPA. Or, if you want to get specific, an “amber-Belgian-wheat-IPA-Trappist-specialty-beer-kind-of-thing,” Buckingham says. “It’s got a lot going on.” Higher in alcohol, honey colored and slightly sweet smelling, Collaboration No. 2 surprises with a super-dry, hoppy finish.

These two brews and many others will be the focus of all kinds of activities next week. Here’s a rundown:

Monday

• Smoke on the Wheat tapped at 23rd Street, 3512 Clinton Parkway, Free State, 636 Massachusetts St., and Blind Tiger, 417 SW 37th St. in Topeka. (Each brewery held back a keg of Full Kimono, the result of last year's collaboration, to tap during the week, too.)

• LBG Collaboration No. 2 tapped at 23rd Street

Tuesday

• Five-course Free State beer dinner at so-hot-right-now Kansas City, Mo., restaurant Port Fonda, 4141 Pennsylvania St. Cost: $55. Reservations: 816-216-6462 or michaela@portfondakc.com.

Wednesday

• Beer Trivia Night at the Burger Stand, 803 Massachusetts St. With a Free State tap takeover on the lower level — and prizes!

Thursday

• Free State beer flowing (as usual) at Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market, 4 to 6:30 p.m. at 1832 Massachusetts St.

(Firkin) Friday

• Firkin tapping for LBG Collaboration No. 2 with orange peel added, 6 p.m. at 23rd Street

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Lawrence’s craft beer expo is back — expect tickets to go fast

John Bourneuf, left, of Lawrence, and Maria Vopat, of Mission, have a taste of the Kansas Craft Brewers Exposition on Saturday at Abe and Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St., among hundreds of other beer enthusiasts. About 30 regional and national beer vendors were at the event, which sold out within 10 days of going on sale.

John Bourneuf, left, of Lawrence, and Maria Vopat, of Mission, have a taste of the Kansas Craft Brewers Exposition on Saturday at Abe and Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St., among hundreds of other beer enthusiasts. About 30 regional and national beer vendors were at the event, which sold out within 10 days of going on sale. by Richard Gwin

Mark your calendars for Jan. 29. Not only is it Kansas Day, it's the day tickets go on sale for this year's Kansas Craft Brewers Exposition at Abe & Jake's. And if it's as popular as last year — tickets sold out within 10 days — you'll want to get them fast.

The event is set for 4-8 p.m. March 2 at Abe & Jake's Landing, 8 E. Sixth St. (next to City Hall, in the Riverfront development). Tickets are $30, and you must be 21 or older to attend. For a list of locations to buy tickets, visit the expo's website, kscraftbrewfest.com.

About 720 people attended last year's expo, billed as the first of its kind in Lawrence and drawing about 30 regional and national beer vendors. The event, organized by the Kansas Craft Brewers Guild and Downtown Lawrence Inc., is a fundraiser for Downtown Lawrence.

Expect an afternoon of all things beer: commemorative sampling glasses and program booklets profiling the beers you're tasting, specialty glassware and other brewery memorabilia for sale, food for sale from select local vendors, guides to cheese and beer pairings from Hy-Vee, books on beer and brewing and guidelines on the Certified Beer Judge program.

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Free State brings home hardware from Great American Beer Festival

Instagram photo courtesy of Free State Brewing Co.

Instagram photo courtesy of Free State Brewing Co. by Sara Shepherd

Free State Brewing Co. calls it a beer fit for a blacksmith — and apparently beer festival judges.

Free State’s Iron Man Imperial Stout nabbed a bronze medal in the American-Style Stout category at this weekend’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver, touted as the world’s largest commercial beer competition.

“It’s kind of a testament to the craft of brewing,” brewer Geoff Deman said of the beer, named in honor of a local blacksmith who frequents the brew pub.

With ten malts and five hop varieties, Iron Man starts with deep roasty flavors and finishes with a slight malty sweetness, according to Free State’s description. The beer tips its hat to history, as Imperial Stout was a key British export in the Baltic trade that elevated art and industry in Russia and England during the 18th century.

Two other area breweries joined Free State on the medal list, according to results from greatamericanbeerfestival.com. Boulevard Brewing Co. of Kansas City, Mo., got two gold medals — one in the Belgian-Style Witbier category for its ZON, and the other in the Other Strong Beer category for its Reverb Imperial Pilsner. Topeka’s Blind Tiger Brewery and Restaurant took gold in the German-Style Kolsch category for its Capital City Kolsch.

This year’s festival, which ran from Thursday through Saturday, drew its largest competition field to date, with 4,338 entries from 666 breweries across the United States and Guam. The festival awarded a total of 254 medals for the best examples of each style beer.

Free State's Iron Man — a small batch brew — is not on tap at the brew pub, 636 Mass. However, bottles are expected to be shipped to select area liquor stores at the end of this month.

In other crafty beer news, 23rd Street Brewery, 3512 Clinton Parkway, just tapped a 2010 Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout, according to their Twitter account. And Free State is playing host to its first-ever happy hour Thursday night (it's only been legal for, oh, almost four months now, so I'm sure Free State fans will be glad the brewery's finally on board!). The pub is advertising $2 select pints from 9 p.m. to midnight, plus chances to win Free State stuff.

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