Published October 4th, 2022 at 11:30 AM
As the calendar turns, Oktoberfest season is reaching its crescendo with a huge festival at Crown Center this weekend. After that, attention will quickly turn to Halloween and all things spooky.
If you’ve been pining for the abnormal and paranormal, you’re in luck. Big Rip Brewing Co, located in North Kansas City, will be throwing a Spooky Market Pop-up event in their taproom 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. You’ll be able to shop for oddities and hauntingly delightful wares from local vendors.
The list of vendors includes Tiny Fangs, Red Hare Leather, Michael Schultz Creative, Paper Peculiars and Quilled Curiosities, Art of the, Joannasaurus, Gamer Girl Jewelry, Erika the Blasian, Sugar Kookiez Jewelry, Wasteland Society, The Mad Managerie, Commandeer Brand, Bombshell Bath & Beauty, Abandoned KC, and Rod Zirkle.
Be sure to follow Big Rip on social media for any event updates!
Stockyards Brewing Co. — 1600 Genessee St., Ste. 100, Kansas City, Missouri — released a new beer that pays tribute to the history of the American Royal and its commitment to youth and agricultural education. Stockyards partnered with AdFarm and the American Royal Association to brew Bass Bit Amber Ale. This 5.3% ABV amber is the perfect accompaniment to delicious smoked meats.
River Bluff Brewing — 201 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri — just released a new low-alcohol beer. Resting Peach Face is a 3.5% ABV fruited wheat ale. You’ll get plenty of ripe peach flavors and aromas in this easy drinker. It’s a perfect beer to celebrate the end of summer.
BKS Artisan Ales — 633 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri — has a couple of new releases available. First is the fifth version of their experimental Unlearned Hazy IPA series. V5 comes in at 7% ABV and features German-grown Amarillo hops. This leads to hop characteristics of stone fruit, citrus and classic noble hop flavors. Also available is Peacharine Clouds, an 8.2% ABV hazy DIPA. They took their Clouds IPA recipe and used a new hop blend called Peacharine. This new experimental hop gives the beer notes of nectarine and tropical flavors.
City Barrel — 1740 Holmes St., Kansas City, Missouri — has a new beer for all you pumpkin lovers. They created their take on the popular pumpkin spice latte, but made it in beer form. Pumpkin Spice Latte (the beer) comes in at 5.2% ABV and is perfect for the incoming cooler weather. While you won’t get a caffeine boost like you would the coffee drink, this easy drinker will still give you all the pumpkin flavor you love.
Callsign Brewing — 1340 Burlington St., North Kansas City, Missouri — is getting tropical with the release of their latest IPA. Mango Hazy IPA was brewed with 40 pounds of mango and comes in at 6.5% ABV. Brewed in a small batch, this beer is full of juicy mango flavors. If you’re not ready to let go of summer this is the beer for you.
Lost Evenings Brewing Co. — 8625 Hauser Court, Lenexa, Kansas — has an interesting take on a fall seasonal brew. They released Cold Boo, a brown ale with pumpkin spice and coffee. The 6.2% ABV brown ale was brewed with cold brewed coffee, vanilla and pumpkin pie spices for the perfect fall flavor mash-up.
3Halves Brewing Co. — 110 E. Kansas St., Liberty, Missouri — has the perfect beer for Chiefs football. They just put out Seeing Red, a 5.5% ABV tart cherry sour ale. Pouring a beautiful bright red, the beer was brewed with tart cherries that give it a slight tang. The sweetness of the malt helps balance out this beer and makes it taste similar to sour cherry candy.
Servaes Brewing Co. — 10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — is hosting a party for the launch of Loyally in the Bond. The sour ale, brewed with red carnations and raspberry purees, has historically been brewed for a good cause. A portion of the proceeds will go to Safehome, a domestic violence shelter in Johnson County. While you’re enjoying the beer, you can check out pop-up shops from Served by Carmella and Sunflower State Studios.
Torn Label Brewing Co. — 1708 Campbell St., Kansas City, Missouri — has a fun event happening for First Friday. They’ve paired up with local artist Josh Martin for the first release of their Passion Project beer series. Josh is a local tattoo artist, ceramicist, painter and illustrator. The first beer will be tiki-themed wheat beer.
Alma Mader Brewery — 2635 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri — will be doing an off-site event at Westport Cafe. The two will be hosting an oyster pop-up. The event will run in conjunction with the release of Alma Mader’s new French-style pilsner Parlez. The oysters will come from the Pacific Northwest and will be flown in fresh. There will be a limited quantity available so be sure to get there early.
KC Oktoberfest — Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri — kicks off starting at 4 p.m. As Kansas City’s biggest Oktoberfest event, you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of Munich. The two-day fest features live music, games, shopping and more. You’ll have access to plenty of German beer courtesy of KC Bier Co. along with authentic German cuisine. Friday night will run 4 – 11 p.m. with Saturday running 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Red Crow Brewing — 1062 W. Santa Fe St., Olathe, Kansas — is throwing its first Oktoberfest event. The fest will see the release of two of their fall seasonals — Anne, which is a German altbier, and another to be announced. They’ll be blocking off their back parking lot so there’s plenty of room for fun. The event will include German food, bier steins, live music, games and more.
Transport Brewery — 11113 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — is hosting Brews and Brushes. You’ll be able to choose from four different six-foot porch leaner designs. The folks at Creative Expressions KC will then walk you through every step. The $50 ticket includes the porch leaner plus one free beer, wine or cider.
ExBEERiment — 925 E. Lincoln Lane, Gardner, Kansas — is hosting a fun event ahead of Halloween. They’ll be doing a Halloween candy and beer tasting event. The ticket price will include a flight of four beers along with some tasty Halloween candy that pairs with each.
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.