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Tap List | Big Rip Brewing Co. Turns 10 Let's Party

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Above image credit: Big Rip Brewing Co. in North Kansas City is celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend. (Courtesy | Big Rip Brewing Co.)
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North Kansas City’s Big Rip Brewing Co. recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Originally founded in 2013, the brewery has been under the watchful eye of Bri Burrows. 

In honor of its 10th birthday, the brewery is throwing a large bash Saturday, June 3. The party will be complete with food, live music and plenty of beer. The party kicks off at noon.

Big Rip has nine featured beers confirmed for the event:

  • Martyrs: French Saison (brewed in 2021)
  • Transfigured Martyr: Brett Saison aged 19 months
  • Lucie: Wild Barrel-Aged (17 months) Brett Saison
  • Anna: Brett Saison with Apricot
  • AnnaLucie: Wild Barrel-Aged Brett Saison with Apricot
  • Name TBD: fresh French Saison (brewed in 2023)
  • Matching Animal Tattoos: Crane Brewing collaboration is a sour golden ale blended with sake and fermented with wild mixed cultures.
  • Two versions of a raw ale fermented with two different sourdough starters (names TBD).

If you want to experience some of these rare beers Big Rip is releasing, you’re going to want to get there early. In talking with Burrows, she mentioned there’s only one keg of everything except for the 2023 French Saison.

With such limited supplies, Burrows is not expecting anything to be available past the weekend. But she added that should you miss out on the collaboration beer with Crane, Crane will be releasing its kegs and bottles the next day, June 4.

In addition to the beer, there will be at least eight local vendors on site doing pop-up shops. You’ll be able to shop for everything from jewelry to artwork to books and more. Live music will be provided by two different bands. At 2 p.m. you can catch teen sensations The Spookie Dookies. Gascan will follow their set at 3 p.m.

While Big Rip doesn’t normally have food on-site, it’s bringing in chef Rachel Rinas for the event. She’ll be smoking a whole pig and seasonal veggies to be used in tacos. To keep things local the tacos will be served on Yoli Tortillas, which is up for a James Beard Award. Single tacos and sides will be available for purchase all day or until food runs out.

Congratulations from all of us at Flatland on 10 wonderful years of beer. Can’t wait to see what the next decade has in store.

Beer Releases

River Bluff Brewing — 201 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri — has a brand new beer on tap. They cooked up Market Tonic, a 5% ABV ale. It was brewed with a blend of botanicals giving this beer lots of floral characteristics. It was finished on rose water and hibiscus that give it even more of those flowery notes in this bright beer.

Rochester Brewing Co. — 2129 Washington St., Kansas City, Missouri — released its first beer in a new series they’re doing. Phantastic Hazy IPA is their first-ever thiolized IPA. Thiols are organic compounds that essentially add very fruity characteristics to the beer. This 8.5% ABV IPA features notes of orange and tangerine and is a refreshing sipper for the summer heat.

Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — released a couple of new taproom-exclusive beers. The first is a Belgian Wit called First of All. The 5% ABV wit was brewed with pink peppercorn, orange and grapefruit peel. On the hoppier side is their new hazy IPA. Cloud Ceilings comes in at 6% ABV and was hopped with El Dorado, Citra and Lotus.

Crane Brewing Co.'s new Belgian Wit, First of All, in a glass.
Crane Brewing Co.’s new Belgian Wit, First of All, is one of two new beers from them this week. (Courtesy | Crane Brewing Co.)

Torn Label Brewing Co. — 1708 Campbell St., Kansas City, Missouri — collaborated with Mike’s Wine and Spirits and Tacos Valentina on a new beer that perfectly complements Torn Label’s food menu. The trio made Oro Especial, a 4.5% ABV Mexican lager. It uses heirloom corn from the Oaxaca region of Mexico. The beer is light and refreshing with a clean finish.

Wind Shift Brewing — 3421B N.W. Jefferson St., Blue Springs, Missouri — released two new beers this week. Both were scaled-up versions of homebrew recipes. The first is Smokey & The 9 Foot Bandit which is a 7.2% ABV smoked porter. The recipe comes from Richard and Teri Cartwright. The second is on the hoppier side and comes from Alex Workman. He provided a West Coast IPA recipe dubbed Scoutimus Maximus which comes in at 7.8% ABV.

Beer Events

Saturday, June 3

Rochester Brewing Co. — 100 S. Main St., Parkville, Missouri — is taking part in a worldwide charity event called Live Like Roo Ice Cream Social. The event is meant to raise money for the Live Like Roo Foundation, an organization who helps ease the financial constraint of things like care or surgeries for pet parents with a terminally ill pet. The event will take place all day and will be at their Parkville location as opposed to their Crossroads spot.

Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — is partnering up with the Raytown Chamber of Commerce to throw a party for National TrailsDay. In honor of the Rock Island Trail, the pair are hosting the Raytown Rock Island Trail Day party at Crane. This is an early party that starts at 8 a.m. and lasts until noon. It’ll feature pop-ups from various vendors, food trucks, drink specials, prizes and more.

Sunday, June 4

3 Trails Brewing Co. — 111 N. Main St., Independence, Missouri — has partnered with local company Indigo Vybes Yoga for a morning of Beer Yoga. The class will start at 10:30 a.m. and last an hour. Once yoga is finished you can enjoy one free beer that’s included in the cost of the ticket. While you can walk in the day of the event, there are no guarantees spots will be available so reservations are encouraged.

Fields & Ivy Brewery — 706 E. 23rd St., Lawrence, Kansas — is getting in on the popular trend of yoga at breweries. They’ll be hosting Yoga on Tap. Like many of the other brewery yoga classes, the event lasts an hour. A ticket for the class is $15 and includes your first beer to help you relax even more after you’re all stretched out.

Cinder Block Brewery — 110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — is gearing up for its Summer Cider Fest. The event is going to have live music, a food truck and Black Flamingo doing a pop-up of tiki cocktails. The ciders, of course, are featured. Cinder Block will be releasing six different tiki-themed ciders that mimic popular tiki cocktails such as Painkillers and Navy Grog. The fun kicks off at 1 p.m. and goes through 8 p.m.

Alex Andujar is a former beer sales rep turned personal trainer. When he’s not training clients you can find him trying new beers at many of Kansas City’s great local breweries.

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