Sunday Funday is my favorite kind of day. Spending time with friends, trying new breweries, eating lots of Chex Mix and dark chocolate covered things, and almost solving the mystery of the Broker, Broke, Broken escape room.
We were celebrating our friend's birthday. Happy Birthday Krystal! The day started at her house where champs was served with frozen OJ cubes and pomegranates - a great way to get the day going!
We headed down to The Escape Artist KC in the Crossroads District to try our hand at this new escape room craze. Upon arrival, we were led to a small room set up as a real estate office and given a back story on some missing money, missing land deeds, and a missing Mr. Matt Steele (gasp!). The doors were shut and we went to town turning that room upside down looking for clues. We thought we would have no trouble beating the 33 minute record. But, one hour later, our time was up. Whomp, whomp. We were SO close! We made it to the last puzzle and were off by ONE number to solve the mystery. We had a great time and would highly recommend this activity. Escape Artist KC is in the process of opening two more rooms. We will certainly be back to try our hand at them. We're bound to beat one of them, I'm sure!
After the escape room, we headed across the parking lot to Double Shift Brewing Company. Kansas City has a great craft beer scene and this is one of several smaller breweries that has recently opened. Double Shift has an industrial inspired tap room with bar stools and several picnic tables for larger groups. We grabbed a picnic table and quickly ordered a flight to get a taste for their beers. Steph, Les, Andrea and I ended up drinking the Abbey Dubbel (a complex malt body complimented by fruity esters and lightly hopped using European hop varietals). I just thought it tasted good! Double Shift allows you to order-in from local restaurants or bring in your own food (enter Chex Mix and chocolate covered almonds, pomegranates and macadamia nuts). I thought this was a nice perk and we took full advantage with our food spread!
After a few beers at Double Shift, we strolled over to Border Brewing Company. Steph tried the Campfire Porter and thought it was a fantastic beer to have on a crisp night. Leslie went with the Chocolate Milk Stout and thought it had the perfect amount of sweetness and was super smooth. But, my favorite of the night was Andrea`s combo - a half and half of the Imperial Coffee Stout and Chocolate Milk Stout. Brilliant! Border Brewing does a cool thing where the public votes on their next special brew. Through February 21st, you can vote whether they brew a Belgian, a Saison, or a Maibock. I think my vote is for the Saison!
We had such a fun time hanging with friends and I couldn't think of a better way for us to spend a gorgeous Kansas City Sunday! Until next time!