By Jeff Conway
Despite first impressions, the Foundry isn’t your dad’s sports bar.
“We wanted it to be a latenight, urban, beer palace,” says co-owner James Westphal. “This is more of a get your beer, be more of an intellectual, have fun, and listen to good music.”
Well, if urban beer palace was the goal, the dart not only landed on the board, but also hit the bull’s-eye. Beneath the umbrella of BeerKC, the Foundry joined McCoy’s Public House and Beer Kitchen at the corner of Pennsylvania and Westport Road. Their spacious outdoor deck overlooks the thriving heart of Westport.
The Foundry boasts nine to twelve McCoy’s beers on tap, plus three house-made sodas and a vast assortment of guest taps and bottles. Although the demand for McCoy’s has grown with each passing year, brewmaster Keith Thompson refuses to cheapen the quality of the beer by “cheating” and making the brew-time faster.
That means not every beer is always available, but it hardly matters with such a diverse selection.
The Foundry isn’t cheating when it comes to food, either. The entrees are great, but shareable appetizers such as T.N.T. Tuna, pot roast sliders, zucchini fries, and others are the real appeal.
With half-priced appetizers and three-dollar McCoy’s pints, the happy hour is good, cheap fun, and specials, such as Veener Vendzday’s five-dollar gourmet hot dogs, are incredible.
“We’re not open for lunch, but we have developed a crowd for happy hour, as well as a latenight crowd,” says co-owner Mark Kelpe. “When the other restaurant workers get off work in the area, they all come to the Foundry for dinner.”
When the food is as good as the beer, something is undeniably working for the greater good here.