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Taps: 28 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 7 | Show All Ratings:
4.14/5 rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25 | $$
Bier station does a great job with their taps and selection, and the owner is often on site pouring drinks and lives in the neighborhood. Very kid-friendly, with board games and an open air bier garden upstairs, and small patio out front. Parking is not great, but lots of street parking available and you can use the lot next door on weekends and after 5 PM.
The service is pretty spotty (John, the owner is by far the best bartender in the place). Food selection is average and really only an option for me if you just need a bite to sober up. The beer selection is the draw, and where they excel. About 30 taps, and they all have real beer with good quality rotating selections. You can drink any bottle in-store, or take it to go. A bit of a markup for opening bottles on site vs. carryout. Overall, highly recommended for anyone who appreciates good beer either locally or for a KC visit.
03-10-2014 14:53:50 | More by PeakedInHighSchool
3.9/5 rDev -12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
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.
03-10-2014 01:28:17 | More by Bosoxfan20
4.5/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
Bier Station is a must for the Kansas City beer lovers. We went on a Sunday snow day minutes after they opened, so perhaps didn't get the best evaluation of ambiance since there weren't many people there yet. However, seeing the place slowly fill up over the course of an hour and knowing that there is a rooftop patio, I have no doubt this atmosphere is outstanding on a summer evening.
The beer selection and quality was the best I've experienced in my 2 years in Kansas City, namely, they have a rotating cask ale that provided a phenomenal beer. I was also able to sample a couple new beers and drink well-made beers to my heart's content. I imagine that this place offers about 95% of the legal beers available to Kansas City, MO.
The service is unique in that it is mostly self-service. You go to the bar for any food or drink order, which is great for not having to tip a waiter, but not so great if you don't feel like ambulating a whole lot.
The food is really great. It is a creative and gourmet spin on traditional Bavarian food: varieties of sausage/bratwurst and pretzels, which, when combined with beer, account for my three main food groups. They also have a ton of sauces for pretzels, which is awesome.
03-07-2014 22:51:35 | More by MaillardRx
5/5 rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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.
02-06-2014 22:11:57 | More by TheTree
4.14/5 rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here before heading to the Royals game to meet up with a friend recently relocated to the area. His suggestion, and a darned good one,
Bier Station is located in a small strip center in a residential area about 15 minutes from our downtown hotel. Two levels. We grabbed a table in the lower level. Seating for probably 40 downstairs with a half dozen bar stools. You place all orders at the bar, which is not my preference but the bar was well staffed so it worked out fine.
Beer selection was excellent. About 30 taps with a broad mix of local, regional and national brewers and a broad array of styles. Vickie got the last pour of tap Saison Brett (her favorite and we do not get Boulevard at all here) thanks to our friend Tom's chivalry. There was a Grand Teton event going so I tried a couple of those.
Food menu is limited but to my liking. Cheese and charcuterie platters were very good (I would encourage them to be bolder with the cheese but this is a quibble). The preztels were very nice too.
A too short stop but we had a game to get to. I loved this place.
07-25-2013 17:18:35 | More by sholland119
4.58/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
03-22-2013 05:38:55 | More by LambicPentameter
3.89/5 rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I stopped by on I believe their second day of operation - New Year's Eve. This is a completely new concept for Kansas City. I understand they had to do a little petitioning in order to even get licenses to do what they are doing, which is a beer bar/bottle shop combo.
When I stopped in I didn't have a lot of time, and I was by myself, so I didn't really sit back and get the full experience, which would be hanging out with some friends, trying various beers, and then buying a bottle or two to take back to your place.
Prices are posted for both "to-go" and "here" on the bottles, and prices seem pretty reasonable. Bottled selection looks very good. Taps are updated via video screen and also tweeted out as they are changed via @BierStation.
Service is kind of hard to rank, because this isn't full-service by design. You can grab a table, but you are supposed to come up to the bar. This is explained well, and servers/ownership seemed very friendly.
I see lots of promise here, particularly because it is a beer place alone - no wine, no spirits. This could become THE beer place to go to in KC assuming ownership focuses on making it just that, which they appear poised to do. Best of luck to them!
01-06-2013 05:41:34 | More by kcillini77
Bier Station in Kansas City, MO
94 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.