Published September 20th, 2022 at 11:30 AM
North Kansas City’s Cinder Block Brewery is about to mark its 9th anniversary.
Since opening, the brewery has added an event space and patio, started distributing beer in Kansas and Missouri, brewed cider and experimental beers, and of course provided jobs and fun.
To help celebrate, Cinder Block will be hosting events starting on Sunday, Sept. 25, and wrapping up on Friday, Sept. 30. Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect.
The fun kicks off on Sunday with bottomless champagne cider mimosas starting at noon and running 5 p.m. Donut King will be serving champagne cider donuts. And the Chiefs game will be on in the taproom.
Monday will feature the return of the first beer Cinder Block brewed – Northtown Native, a traditional Dortmunder-style lager. This beer uses true German ingredients such as a German yeast strain and Melanoidin malt and then lagered for two months. They’ll be serving it up in authentic Das Boots that you can take home, though supplies are limited. You can also score $4 year-round beers all night.
On Tuesday Cinder Block will release their Blueberry Ginger cider. Those who attended Cinder Block’s Cider Extravaganza were asked to vote on their favorite cider and the Blueberry Ginger was the winner. You can also test your early 2000s knowledge with a special trivia night from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday features a beer you all know and love, but with a twist. Cinder Block will release a new edition of their popular Block IPA. The brewery experimented with some new processes and ingredients to see if it could recreate the beer while improving brewing efficiency. You can drink the re-tooled Block IPA alongside a charcuterie board. You can bring your own board with the prettiest board winning an entire case of beer.
The final two nights feature new beer releases as well. Thursday night will showcase the third edition of their Juicy Pils, which is a series of hoppy pilsners. This version uses a brand new yeast strain to help balance that fine line of hoppy and crisp. Miki P & The Swallowtails will be in house providing live music.
Friday night will feature Nightmare Quad. This Belgian quad was aged in J. Rieger & Co. barrels. In addition to trying the beer, Cinder Block will have flights of select J. Rieger whiskey.
Happy anniversary to Cinder Block!
Sandhills Brewing — 5612 Johnson Drive, Mission, Kansas — has released its seasonal Oktoberfest. The 5.8% ABV marzen-style lager will transport you straight to Germany. It pours a deep amber and has a toasty biscuit malt backbone with slight hop characteristic.
Fields & Ivy Brewery — 706 E. 23rd St., Lawrence, Kansas — recently released Root Cellar Project No. 3. This project is all about funky and experimental beers. This variation uses their Sale Barn Saison as the base, which was then fermented with wild yeast that was harvested from fermented pinot noir and brettanomyces. The beer was then aged for a year. The result smacks you with flavors such as peach, strawberry, bubblegum and more. It comes in at a hefty 8.4% ABV.
Torn Label Brewing Co. — 1708 Campbell St., Kansas City, Missouri — isn’t done with summer just yet. The brewery has just released Hazecation, a New England-style IPA brewed. The beer comes in at 7.2% ABV and is hopped with Riwaka, Mosaic and El Dorado resulting in flavors of pineapple and kumquat with guava, pear and orange on the nose.
Lawrence Beer Co. — 826 Pennsylvania St., Lawrence, Kansas — also has a new sour beer available. They’ve released Pink Flamingo, a 7.5% ABV red wine barrel aged sour saison. The beer was first fermented with a French saison yeast. It then went through a secondary fermentation period in French oak cabernet barrels with brettanomyces lambicus yeast. It was then bottle conditioned with a third yeast strain, belle saison yeast. The beer that’s been three and a half years in the making has flavors of oak, stone fruit and sour candy.
Callsign Brewing — 1340 Burlington St., North Kansas City, Missouri — took their Phantom porter and made it even better. The Chocolate Cherry Phantom (6% ABV) features, you guessed it, chocolate and cherry. The resulting beer was notes of rich cherry flavors with a velvety chocolate finish.
Rochester Brewing Co. — 2129 Washington St., Kansas City, Missouri — has released a 7% ABV Cold IPA. To give this one a little twist, they double dry hopped it. The beer has lots of citrus in both the aroma and taste before finishing clean and crisp thanks to the lager yeast.
Lost Evenings Brewing Co. — 8625 Hauser Court, Lenexa, Kansas — is welcoming in Grapes & Paints for a Friday night paint party. The theme of this event will be Sugar Skulls. Your ticket includes a 16×20 canvas, all the supplies, and the exact instructions you’ll need to paint your own Sugar Skull. On top of that, your first drink is free.
Rockcreek Brewing Co. — 5880 Beverly Ave., Mission, Kansas — is hosting a Saturday yoga session led by Lisa Ash Drackert. While the 50 minute class will be an intermediate yoga flow, it’s still great for all skill levels. Once the class is over you’ll get to enjoy one free drink on the patio as you recover.
Grains & Taps — 10 S.W. 3rd St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri — is partnering with the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce to host an Oktoberfest homebrew competition. Homebrewers will be serving up five gallons of their best beer. Participants can sample an unlimited number of homebrews from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. The first, second and third place winners will receive a prize.
BKS Artisan Ales — 633 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri — will be hosting a yoga class led by Danielle Wallace. The class will be an hour long vinyasa flow perfect for all skill levels. Your own mats are required and you’ll be able to set up inside or out on the patio. The ticket includes $1 off your first beer after the class ends.
Limitless Brewing — 9765 Widmer Road, Lenexa, Kansas — is throwing its annual Oktoberfest party. The event will feature a night market with local vendors, live music from Back Alley Brass Band and food from Yummylicious Cookies and Wiener Wagon Sausages.
Pint Path — North Kansas City, Missouri — is back for another year of bike and bar hopping fun. The return of this annual event will feature over 20 bars, restaurants, breweries and more spread across North Kansas City. Cinder Block Brewery, Big Rip Brewing Co., and Callsign Brewing will all be offering specials for participants.
Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — has another edition of the Sunday Sip ‘N Stretch event. Hosted in their Barrel Room, this hour long yoga event will be led by Teri Cartwright of Way of Life Yoga. No experience is needed for this class. All you have to do is show up with your mat, experience relaxation throughout the class, and enjoy a free beer afterwards.
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.