Published June 21st, 2022 at 11:00 AM
This week we’ve got a bit of a good news/bad news situation. We don’t like having to tell you about bad news, so we’re going to get that out of the way first.
In a statement put out via their Facebook page, Calibration Brewery in North Kansas City, announced they will be selling their building. Calibration has been a mainstay in the local beer scene since opening in 2016. The post simply stated they’d be selling the building and “moving on to new opportunities.” Only time will tell what these new opportunities are.
In the meantime, Calibration is throwing one last party on Saturday, June 25. The farewell bash will feature live music, food and drink specials, and giveaways. This is your opportunity to say your goodbyes to a spot that’s served the community well for the past six years.
In some happy news, the local beer scene has two upcoming birthdays to celebrate.
Pathlight Brewing in Shawnee will be throwing a small party in honor of their second birthday on Saturday. They’ll be welcoming in Sugarfold Macaroons to pair some of their delicious treats with some Pathlight beers. They’ll also be hosting Taco Bandits for all of your regular meal needs.
Lost Evenings Brewing Co. in Lenexa will also be celebrating their birthday on Saturday. They’ll be open from noon until 10 p.m. with various festivities planned throughout the day. They’ll have the KC Wing’s Bar food truck on site serving up delicious wings from 5-8 p.m. Live music will be provided by Matthew Mulnix from 6-8 p.m. Lost Evenings will also be tapping a special birthday beer and offering different specials on their beers during the course of the day.
Apex Aleworks — 4356 S. Noland Road, Independence, Missouri — released the first version of their SMaSH (single malt, single hop) series. Apex Hop Solo solely uses Maris Otter malt and this version showcases the Talus hop. The point of this series is to help customers learn the different flavors and characteristics of the various malts and hops out there. The pale ale comes in at 5.5% ABV.
BKS Artisan Ales — 633 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri — put out a summer sipper with their newest beer Brookside Summer. This 4% ABV English-style summer ale was brewed with English pale malt and pilsner malt and then hopped with East Kent Goldings and Citra. The result is a light bodied beer with lots of flavor.
Casual Animal — 1725 McGee St., Kansas City, Missouri — put out the latest version of their experimental hazy IPA series. This one, dubbed V22.5, was hopped with Citra, Strata and Vista and fermented with a new California-based yeast strain. This new beer features tropical and fruity aromas with a subtle malt base and rings in at 6.4% ABV.
Tall Trellis Brew Co. — 25600 W. Valley Pkwy., Olathe, Kansas — finally has a beer of their own flowing in their taproom. After a few months of featuring the beers from KC area breweries, Tall Trellis has released their first beer, Margarita Gose. The beer was brewed with coriander, sea salt, lime zest and Comet hops. It comes in at a crushable 4.2% ABV. It’s the perfect beer to beat the heat.
ExBEERiment — 925 E. Lincoln Lane, Gardner, Kansas — has a tasty treat on tap for you. Their latest beer is a lemon meringue milkshake IPA called Fission. Coming in at 7.5% ABV, you won’t know whether you’re drinking a beer or a slice of liquid pie. Smooth lemon comes through with pie crust flavors provided from the malt backbone of this beer.
City Barrel — 1740 Holmes St., Kansas City, Missouri — has the perfect refreshment to help keep you cool this summer. Let’s Go is their new light lager and it comes in at 4.4% ABV. Whether you need to cool down after mowing the lawn or want something that’s low in alcohol to sip while you’re sitting poolside, this is the beer for you.
Strange Days Brewing Co. — 316 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri — is getting in on the light lager trend for the summer months. They just released Gotta Lite, an homage to the classic macro light lagers (think Bud Light/Miller Lite/Coors Light). The beer was brewed with Czech pilsner malt and hopped with Mandarina Bavaria to give you that classic malt-forward flavor with light hoppiness. This beer comes in ever-so-slightly higher than the macro beers at 4.9% ABV.
Alma Mader Brewery — 2635 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri — has a new variant of their Pattern Variation New England-style IPA available. The latest iteration of the 6.8% ABV IPA features the Mosaic and Talus hops. While Mosaic has been used in plenty of their beers, Talus is somewhat of a newcomer. The hop varietal helps provide this beer with some tropical vibes a la a peach pina colada flavor.
Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — has put together the ultimate baseball tailgate party. Their Crane at the K event is an all-inclusive event that starts at Crane, transports you to the K for a night of Royals baseball via party bus, and drops you back at Crane after the game. The $100 ticket includes tickets to the game, Harp BBQ sandwich plate with chips, two full Crane beers, Crane baseball shirt, and of course the party bus.
Cinder Block Brewery — 110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — is going to help you get your hips moving with their newest event. They’ll be hosting Salsa Dancing with Laura Ulrich. The class is perfect for beginners or those who want to brush up on their salsa dancing skills. You’ll learn the basic foot movements of the dance along with partner work. The class will provide plenty of opportunities to practice and drink some beers.
Red Sash Brewing Co. — 406 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri — is welcoming their North Kansas City friends at Big Rip Brewing Co. for a collaboration release party. While details of the beer have not been released, the party will feature live music from Dropout Boogie and The Bad Ideas. Just to be clear, the event is taking place at Red Sash and NOT at Big Rip.
Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — is starting the morning off with another edition of their Sip ‘N Stretch Beer Yoga classes. Led by Teri Cartwright from Way of Life yoga, this 60-minute class is open to all skill levels. The $15 class includes your first beer once yoga is over. You may as well stick around because starting at 1 p.m. Crane is teaming up with Eclairs de la Lune. The duo will be hosting Ecrane de la Lune, a pastry & beer tasting. The event will take customers through five different beer and pastry pairings. The $50 ticket gets you five 4-ounce pours, one full pour and five pastries.
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.