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Bier Station

Not Rated.
Bier StationBier Station
BA SCORE
97
world-class

26 Ratings
Ratings: 26
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 7.11%
Taps: 28
Bottles: 200
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

120 E Gregory Blvd
Kansas City, Missouri, 64114-1120
United States
phone: (816) 548-3870

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bierstation

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: kcillini77 on 01-03-2013)
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4.36/5  rDev -3.1%

JamesStreet, Sep 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Elicoleman, Aug 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

AMCimpi, Aug 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

Ewlew, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%

Met up here with some good people, based solely on the high reviews of the place.
It was located in an unassuming little strip next to a dentist, and there was an herb garden replete with peppers and hops growing there. A few patio umbrellas out front and a little rail with seating (where everyone was smoking) and a second floor enclosed patio/event space, where we finally landed with our beers.

Service at the bar was friendly, though we didn't ask much about the beer. Had a round that consisted of Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam, Lazy Magnolia Saison, and Deschutes Obsidian Stout.

The vibe was fairly minimal and felt European somehow. The green tile backsplash with a German train sign seemed to reinforce that, as well as framed posters upstairs of vintage style beer advertising. Families were holding court playing board games with small children, also bicyclists, hip young people, a generally eclectic mix of folks in the place.

The store side of things was well organized and extensive in selection, probably the best looking store in KC I've been in. Lots of singles and a couple Prairie bottles, which kept me happy.

Overall a fun new concept for the area, it would be cool if they could fill growlers too, but I'm sure that's a little ways off in terms of legislation. Otherwise they seem to be on the cutting edge here.

Beerfly review #750

emerge077, Aug 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

DuckDodgers, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of wickdawg
4.23/5  rDev -6%

First let me get the negative out of the way. Parking. Not being from Kansas City, parking seemed to be an issue if the place was to be really crowded.

Service was great, the bartender was very helpful with our food and beer selections. My wife and I both got a few 4 ounce pours which is very helpful so we can try multiple beers without getting sloshed. There was almost 30 beers on tap, with two dedicated taps, one for a sessionable beer and one for a sour ale which I appreciated. I was also able to pick up a few bottles to bring back home, for instance Boulevard Love Child #4.

I visit Kansas City every summer and I have found a spot that I will check out every year.

wickdawg, Jul 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Enochase04, Jun 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

travy82, Jun 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

edwilliams, Jun 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

trevor_s, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of ISmith87
4.82/5  rDev +7.1%

Stopped in here while in KC for a wedding. Great selection, picked up some Founders Imperial Stout, Prairie Artisan Prairie Ale, Southern Tier Creme Brulee, and a few others. The guy working there was very helpful, and friendly with my kids. He also knew the breweries they were selling well, the times of certain releases, and whether or not they got any "white whale" beers from the area (Prairie Bomb!) which makes a huge difference when you're trying to find specific things. I will definitely stop by again in the future when I have the chance.

ISmith87, Apr 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

mkf629, Apr 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

22Blue, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of PeakedInHighSchool
4.14/5  rDev -8%

Bier station does a great job with their taps and selection, and the owner is often on site pouring drinks and lives in the neighborhood. Very kid-friendly, with board games and an open air bier garden upstairs, and small patio out front. Parking is not great, but lots of street parking available and you can use the lot next door on weekends and after 5 PM.

The service is pretty spotty (John, the owner is by far the best bartender in the place). Food selection is average and really only an option for me if you just need a bite to sober up. The beer selection is the draw, and where they excel. About 30 taps, and they all have real beer with good quality rotating selections. You can drink any bottle in-store, or take it to go. A bit of a markup for opening bottles on site vs. carryout. Overall, highly recommended for anyone who appreciates good beer either locally or for a KC visit.

PeakedInHighSchool, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.11/5  rDev -8.7%

A cool little bier garten that has a nice tap menu and a decent selection of bottled beers to be consumed on premises or to be taken home. The tap list is usually pretty solid (have seen Cantillon here) and they do a good job of mixing things up with a wide variety of styles.

You will see 2 prices on each bottle/pack in the self serve cooler area. The higher price is for if you wan to consume it there, and the lower price is what you pay if you wan to take it home as though you were shopping at a standard liquor store. Honestly, both prices and tap prices are a little on the high side by KC standards.

The atmosphere is usually pretty mellow. A few tables down stairs and bench seating at the enclosed balcony with a nice view. Alternative music plays at a level where you can still have a conversation, so a good place to chill.

Service is pretty average. Staff seems to be well informed on the beer, but it is pretty hit and miss on how welcoming and upbeat they are to see you.

Food is certainly the low point. Very average brats at a price that stings a bit. Probably even below average food now that I think about it.

Come here if you are looking for a good tap selection and a chilled atmosphere to talk with friends.

Bosoxfan20, Mar 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Bier Station is a must for the Kansas City beer lovers. We went on a Sunday snow day minutes after they opened, so perhaps didn't get the best evaluation of ambiance since there weren't many people there yet. However, seeing the place slowly fill up over the course of an hour and knowing that there is a rooftop patio, I have no doubt this atmosphere is outstanding on a summer evening.

The beer selection and quality was the best I've experienced in my 2 years in Kansas City, namely, they have a rotating cask ale that provided a phenomenal beer. I was also able to sample a couple new beers and drink well-made beers to my heart's content. I imagine that this place offers about 95% of the legal beers available to Kansas City, MO.

The service is unique in that it is mostly self-service. You go to the bar for any food or drink order, which is great for not having to tip a waiter, but not so great if you don't feel like ambulating a whole lot.

The food is really great. It is a creative and gourmet spin on traditional Bavarian food: varieties of sausage/bratwurst and pretzels, which, when combined with beer, account for my three main food groups. They also have a ton of sauces for pretzels, which is awesome.

MaillardRx, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of TheTree
5/5  rDev +11.1%

This place was named one of the top 100 beer bars in the country, oh, and it's only ONE YEAR OLD. The team here really has some amazing chemistry. beer knopwledge overflows not only from the beer tender who is busy, but just turn and ask the guy next to you. it's a bar full of people who LOVE beer.

I often go alone, on a weekday night and sit down and grab some flights, and settle in. talking beer with strangers, or as thier video says
"Hot girls talking hops"
few things are better than when my girlfriend and myself head in and are greeted with a smile, and a wave. like you never left.

they recently added an amazing food menu, and I cannot say how perfect it is for a light meal to augment the food. the chili is amazing, the sandwiches are paired well, and VERY good.

if you are in KC, it's now officially a MUST STOP for any true beer fan. Skip the warehouse of beer and no knowledge staff that is yard house, or the flying saucer, head into town, and if you want to grab some beer brewed closer, 75th street brewery is right around the corner.... but that's a different review.

TheTree, Feb 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

evilcatfish, Feb 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Theogre83, Dec 26, 2013
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4.8/5  rDev +6.7%

Wow. What can I saw. This place has made my 18 months in KC a much richer experience. High quality, often difficult to find beers served on tap and in the bottle. Excellent food, albeit a limited menu. Board games and a very social feeling.

Wobbly, Dec 10, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev -8%

Stopped in here before heading to the Royals game to meet up with a friend recently relocated to the area. His suggestion, and a darned good one,

Bier Station is located in a small strip center in a residential area about 15 minutes from our downtown hotel. Two levels. We grabbed a table in the lower level. Seating for probably 40 downstairs with a half dozen bar stools. You place all orders at the bar, which is not my preference but the bar was well staffed so it worked out fine.

Beer selection was excellent. About 30 taps with a broad mix of local, regional and national brewers and a broad array of styles. Vickie got the last pour of tap Saison Brett (her favorite and we do not get Boulevard at all here) thanks to our friend Tom's chivalry. There was a Grand Teton event going so I tried a couple of those.

Food menu is limited but to my liking. Cheese and charcuterie platters were very good (I would encourage them to be bolder with the cheese but this is a quibble). The preztels were very nice too.

A too short stop but we had a game to get to. I loved this place.

HV

sholland119, Jul 25, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +1.8%

This is a great resource for beer lovers in Kansas City. The atmosphere is nothing fancy, but it's a laid-back and casual place with a bar and various table sizes. They also have a "beer garden" upstairs that has big glass garage doors on the sides that I'm sure will allow for a nice drinking area when the weather warms up. But ultimately, the most important part about Bier Station is the beer. The atmosphere just needs to be comfortable.

They have 20 taps that rotate on a very regular basis, which allows them a lot of flexibility. They get keg-only releases like Green Flash's recent Black IPA, but on a recent visit they also did something that I hadn't heard of before. They had GF West Coast IPA on tap, but it was "randalled" with mint and mango. I guess randalling typically involves pouring the beer over fresh hops at the time of serving, with the idea that the alcohol will strip the hop oils into the beer and make for a bigger hop kick. In this case, I suppose they did the same with mint leaves and mango. It was subtle enough that it was probably wasted on anyone who hadn't had the West Coast IPA before, but I found it made the beer more refreshing.

In addition to the taps and a menu featuring a moderate selection of charcuterie, cheese and pretzels (I haven't sampled their food), they have a wall of traditional glass coolers like you see in a regular liquor store. The coolers are stocked with a wide variety of sixers, bombers, 750s, and even singles for creating build-your-own 4- and 6-packs. The build your own can be a little pricey to take with you (their beers have a to-go and a drink there price), but that's because they offer some beers that I haven't really seen being sold as singles in the KC area.

My most frequent experience with Bier Station is going to pick out something to take home, but I typically will grab a glass or taster or two from their taps while I watch a little TV and pick out what I want. Eventually I'll have to try some of their food.

I'll finish by saying the service is really good. The staff are all super friendly and helpful, and more than willing to answer a question or provide a recommendation. Bier Station also hostso special event nights. I haven't been able to attend any of these events, but the last one I know of involved a few representatives from a nearby Lawrence, KS brewery (Free State) coming in to offer samples of a couple of their beers and giving away some free Free State tulip glasses.

LambicPentameter, Mar 22, 2013
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Bier Station in Kansas City, MO
97 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.