Pizza, Music, Beer, and Rain. We had it all this weekend! Pretty much in that order too...except for the beer part. We had beer several times, but I felt it would be redundant to write it twice!
Friday night started out by celebrating Cody's birthday at Martin City Brewery. Cody reserved a few tables and we met up after work. I had been to Martin City Brewery before but had never tried their food. I was happy I did! Their pizzas were a big hit with our group and I think between all of us we tried Supremo, Sausage & Peppers, Apples in Italy, BBQ Pork, and Heartland Chicken. They were all good but the Apples in Italy and BBQ Pork took away the top honors. As for their beers, the Oktoberfest and Sundown Summer Porter were our favorites. While we were eating, a band started setting up right next to our table which had us a little worried since we could practically reach out and grab the mic if we wanted to! Tony Counts and his band turned out to be a cover band - who doesn't like singing along with a cover band!?! They were fun and even sang my favorite Black Crowes song on request. Cody is one of our favorites and we had a blast celebrating his birthday by eating delicious pizza, drinking cold beer and singing along to the band. What we didn't do is take a group birthday picture together - blogger fail!
On Saturday, we found ourselves at the Overland Park Arboretum. The Arboretum is open year round and boasts over 300 acres of walking trails, botanical gardens, and art sculptures. It is dedicated to preserving and restoring our natural ecosystems. We were there to attend the Botanical Brewfest. This Brewfest is dubbed "The Most Beautiful Beer Tasting Event in the Metro" and it is hard to argue with that! The Arboretum is absolutely beautiful!
What's even more beautiful is that there were over 40 different breweries pouring 90 different craft beers. Bell's, Abita, Defiance, Deschutes, Elysian, Goose Island, KC Bier, O'Fallon, Tallgrass, 10 Barrel, and Unita were there among many others. Your ticket also included free food tastings from the likes of Brew Lab, Pretzel Boy's, and Ted's Cafe Escondido.
We made our way around the tasting loop trying new beers and sampling some tasty small plates along the way. While doing so, we knew we were racing against the clock as there was a storm coming in. The event is "rain or shine" but that might be altered after what happened this year. Our trusty phone radars said we had plenty of time to finish the loop and grab an Uber home. Boy, was that wrong. Within minutes, the wind picked up and rain drops started falling. We took shelter under the Tallgrass Brewery tent (brilliant, right?) which ended up being uprooted and smacking into us (all while Andrea continued trying to order a Buffalo Sweat). We had to hold the tent down as the rain, wind, and thunder whipped all around us. Of course, officials eventually made us evacuate from under the tents and we had to let go and make a run for it. Dodging flying beer, tents, people, and rain, we made our way safely to an indoor area. We made out okay with the exception of a few ruined white clothes and a suede purse! Cell service was scarce so it took awhile for us to schedule an Uber home. Since we were waiting and the storm had died down, Andrea and Billy volunteered to check out what remained of the tents and may have even found a few beers to bring back and share.
We are hoping that everyone who attended the festival made it out of the Arboretum and home safely. It was a fantastic event and I wish that we could have enjoyed it longer. They had such cute areas set up with bands and games that we weren't able to take full advantage of. I guess we will just have to go back again next year! Here are a few more pictures of the day!
We hope you have had a wonderful week and that everyone has at least one fun adventure planned this weekend!