Located in the tourist Mecca of Kansas City second only to the downtown Plaza, the Westport venue for McCoy's Public House & Brew Kitchen means you'll find both locals and out-of-town visitors stopping in to enjoy the wide selection of craft beers. The large wooden patio complete with two dozen metal tables and chairs and a mini-bar draws customers like a magnet when the weather accommodates. The view spans the intersections of Pennsylvania and Westport Roads where pedestrian shoppers cruise the trendy boutiques and eateries. Inside, the interior layout features an expansive array of individual sections with their own atmospheres. The large octagonal bar is central to it all. A raised lounge area along with a ground floor one surround the glass-walled brewhouse. Dark lacquered booths line the exterior wall with its large paned windows while tall tables and stools stand just outside the stainless steel brewhouse with a view of all within. The rear of the room features a stage area where live music is frequently offered. A glass-walled room on the right gives diners a great outdoor view while a paneled room nearby provides a large-screen TV, comfortable seating and the opportunity to blow second-hand cigar smoke without bothering others. The bar itself hosts four six-tap brass towers and the waitstaff and multiple bartenders keep them all exercised. TVs circle the bar overhead and get their volume elevated whenever local sports teams are playing. A chalkboard displays the list of available house beers. For the unappreciative, the bar hides bottles of Bud, Coors and Miller down out of sight. Smoking is pervasive and the city has no consumer clean air ordinances so don't get your hopes up. Maybe in the 21st century. In the meantime, the cycling smoke-eaters above the bar are somewhat effective.
The Newcomb's IPA is amber in color with a bold hoppy aroma and flavor. Well-supported by maltiness, this medium-bodied brew is a fine example of the style and also happens to taste great. The HogPound Brown is a dark amber with a medium body, thin mouthfeel where a British brown malt flavor is matched to a smooth hop bitterness. A nice British mild. The Brewer's Special Black Rye is pushed by nitrogen and yields a great creamy head and mouthfeel. The medium body is matched with a pleasant chocolate malt flavor and complementary short, dry finish. Overall, very smooth. The food and beers at McCoy's are consistently good worth of a visit on your next walk through Westport.
McCoy's Public House and Brewkitchen
Kansas City, MO 64111
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - October, 1998
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