Published February 7th, 2023 at 11:30 AM5 minute read
Crossroads brewery City Barrel Brewing Co. is marking its fourth year in business with the return of a weeklong birthday bash dubbed the “Week of Rad.”
City Barrel plans to release a whopping 28 different beers during various events taking place Feb. 20-26. One of those beers will be the incredibly rare double barrel-aged Archetype, first released in June 2020. The brewery also plans to release XXX Rad, an upgrade from last year’s XX Rad.
The brewery plans to release a few new beers every day, so you might consider swinging by early and often as many of the limited beers sell out the same day they’re tapped. While the brewery hasn’t done so yet, you can expect to have a schedule of which beers will be released on their corresponding days shortly.
City Barrel will also be raffling off some huge prizes throughout the week. You have the opportunity to win things such as free Rad AF for a year, exclusive tickets to the Parkville Brewfest, City Barrel chef’s dinner tickets, shopping sprees, gift cards and more.
Cheers to four years, City Barrel.
Tall Trellis Brew Co. — 25600 W. Valley Pkwy., Olathe, Kansas — is taking you on a trip to warmer climates with its newest release. Juan Fiesta is a Mexican-style lager that’ll whisk you away to the beaches of Cancun. The beer was brewed with Columbus hops from Kansas Hop Co. as well as a late hop addition that helps evoke notes of lime. It comes in at 5% ABV.
Limitless Brewing — 9500 Dice Lane, Lenexa, Kansas — just put out its first double hazy IPA brewed at its new location. In honor of their new address, they called the beer 9500 Dice. The brewery used Citra, Mosaic and Strata hops in this 8% ABV ale. Expect to be punched in the mouth with lots of juicy flavor in this new beer.
Strange Days Brewing — 316 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri — brewed a beer in honor of Travis Kelce’s post-game speech after winning the AFC Championship. Mayor Jabroni is a draft-only 6% ABV hazy IPA. The brewery added an absurd amount of orange juice to the brew to bolster those citrusy, juicy flavors. Try it before it disappears for good!
Apex Aleworks — 4356 S. Noland Road, Independence, Missouri — is releasing the beer brewed at its January homebrew class. Called Cream Deville Spicy, the beer is a cross between a chili beer and a cream ale. The scent of jalapenos hits your nose followed by a subtle spicy flavor. The body of this 6.1% ABV beer is creamy to help ensure the spice doesn’t overpower your tastebuds.
3 Trails Brewing Co. — 111 N. Main St., Independence, Missouri — wants you to get hyped for the Super Bowl with its newest release. The brewery has released Red Rye Day, a 5.5% ABV rye IPA. You’ll get notes of citrus, spice and floral in both aroma and flavor. The red hue comes from the addition of hibiscus flowers with spiciness provided by the rye malt.
KC Bier Co. — 310 W. 79th St., Kansas City, Missouri — broke tradition a bit by straying away from their German roots and brewing a new IPA. Never Say IPA (5.9% ABV) uses German and American hops while still sticking to the Reinheitsgebot tradition of using strictly water, malt, hops and yeast. You’ll get bright, fruity notes in this refreshing IPA.
BKS Artisan Ales — 633 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri — has a new beer that pays homage to the brewery’s beloved neighborhood of Brookside. Brookside Golden is a 5% ABV golden ale that uses the German hops Spalter Select and Hallertau Blanc. BKS fermented the beer at an unusually low temperature helping to give the brew lager-like qualities. You’ll get notes of Sauvignon Blanc and flowers with a clean, crisp finish.
Saturday, Feb. 11
ExBEERiment — 925 E. Lincoln Lane, Gardner, Kansas — wants to help you find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the book lover in your life. They’re hosting a pop-up shop featuring The Nook. The Nook will be on site from 6-9 p.m. with a variety of literature for sale. Who needs chocolate when you could get books?
Servaes Brewing Co. — 10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — is celebrating Valentine’s Day a little early with their Lover’s Flight event. You and your valentine can do a self-guided beer and caramel pouring featuring caramels from Kansas City Caramel. There will be four different beers to pair with the caramels. Quantities are limited so be sure to get there early.
Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — has quite a delicious pairing in store for you. They’re hosting a Girl Scout Cookie & Beer pairing event in their tap room. The $20 ticket includes five Crane beers and 10 cookies (each pairing comes with two of the same cookies). If the pairings aren’t enough, there will be a Girl Scout troop selling full boxes.
KC Bier Co. — 310 W. 79th St., Kansas City, Missouri — is throwing a massive party to celebrate the brewery’s 9th anniversary. They’ll be releasing 20, yes 20, new beers that were all brewed specifically for the event. Tickets are $25 and include a sampling glass and four tokens. Each sample “costs” one token. Additional tokens can be purchased for $4. Pretzels and Dunkel brats will also be available for purchase using tokens.
Big Rip Brewing Co. — 216 E. 9th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — will be hosting a Wings & Chili Cook-Off. Customers can sample and vote for their favorite option so long as a beer is purchased in the tap room. There will be a prize for the winner of each of the six categories. Big Rip will also be running drink specials during the event as well as offering to-go specials for the Super Bowl.
Brew Lab — 7925 Marty St., Overland Park, Kansas — is outfitting its space to throw the ultimate Super Bowl watch party. The brewery will be offering plenty of food specials as well as all-day happy hour deals. Table reservations are free to make and highly recommended as they expect to fill up fast for the big game.
Grains & Taps — 10 S.W. 3rd St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri — is adjusting its Sunday hours to make sure you have a spot to watch the Chiefs take on the Eagles. Normally the brewery is open from 12-4 p.m. on Sunday, but for the Super Bowl party, it will open at 4 p.m. and stay open late. You can snag specials like $3 pours of Red Ale, BOGO thin crust pizzas and more. Reservations are not required.
Pathlight Brewing — 11200 W. 75th St., Shawnee, Kansas — wants to save you the trouble of throwing a Super Bowl party and have you attend theirs instead. The entry price of $30 includes pizza, wings and salad from Marco’s Pizza as well as two full pours of any Pathlight beer excluding barrel-aged beers. The brewery will have two huge projectors broadcasting the game with full sound making it impossible to have a bad seat in the house.
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.