Published May 16th, 2023 at 11:30 AM4 minute read
Many of the bars, breweries and distilleries in the Crossroads are banding together to throw a huge party, or shall we say “pawty,” to help KC Pet Project.
Taking place on Sunday, May 21, Caturday in the Crossroads will be a fun bar crawl event featuring at least 15 different spots. The event will raise money and awareness for the 7,000+ cats expected to make their way to KC Pet Project this year. Each stop will have their own bar specials, raffles and merch. The Paradise Garden Club will even have kittens to snuggle with.
Beer lovers will be happy to know you can find specials at just about every Crossroads brewery. City Barrel, Torn Label, Border Brewing, Double Shift, Casual Animal, Red Sash and Nimble Brewing are all participating in the event. While Boulevard isn’t a stop, the brewery
will be partnering with International Tap House for the event. Additional participants include Brick River Cider, HiTides Coffee, KC Wineworks, Lifted Spirits, Mean Mule, Mission Taco, The Guild and Parlor KC.
You have two ticketing options. The $35 individual ticket includes cat swag, kitten snuggles and more. The couples ticket costs $65. While you’ll be paying for two people, there will only be one swag bag. Ticket prices are good through May 19.
The theme of the event is 1980s prom so be sure to break out those tuxedos and dresses while you drink for a good cause.
BKS Artisan Ales — 633 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri — has released a new variant in their Bonus Fortune series. The hazy double IPA series always features Citra and Mosaic hops. The bonus this time around is the addition of Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand. It’s got lots of tropical flavors such as tangerine, mango, passion fruit and lime and comes in at 8.5% ABV.
Strange Days Brewing Co. — 316 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri — dropped a fresh new beer this week. Simulcast is a 7.5% ABV saison that uses spelt, a grain that has similar qualities to wheat but tends to have a more concentrated flavor. The Hallertau Blanc and Styrian Celeia hops help give this ale aromas of bubblegum, honey and white grape.
Double Shift Brewing — 412 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri — went big and made a new triple hazy IPA, Ménage a Trop. This 10.4% ABV juice monster is ripe with tropical flavors. They used Citra Incognito, Galaxy, Mosaic and experimental hop YQH-1320, leading to notes of passion fruit, mango, papaya and some citrus fruits.
East Forty Brewing — 1201 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri — wants you to start gearing up for pool weather with their new release. It’s the latest in their Fistful Of series, A Fistful of Pool Vibes. This 6% ABV sour ale was brewed with mango and strawberry. It’s refreshing and tart making it the perfect pool beer.
Big Rip Brewing Co. — 216 E. 9th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — has a new beer release this week. They made Foggy Haddonfield, which is a 7% ABV New England IPA. The new brew uses this year’s Pink Boots Society hop blend. The blend gives this beer flavors of pineapple, dreamsicle, oats, strawberry starbursts and a little bit of grassiness.
Diametric Brewing Co. — 949 N.E. Columbus, Lee’s Summit, Missouri — is rocking a double release this week. The first new beer is HoneyDo, a 5.4% ABV blonde ale made with honey and honeydew melon. If you’re looking for something a little hoppier you can try their new milkshake IPA. Anyways Shake Peach has flavors of peach and vanilla and comes in at 6.8% ABV.
Pathlight Brewing — 11200 W. 75th St., Shawnee, Kansas — has announced a new series for the summer featuring fruited sour ales. First up is Summer Wild. This 6.5% ABV wild ale was brewed with strawberries and rhubarb. The two help give this beer a bit of sweetness before opening up to a candy-like tartness on the back end.
Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — has one of its most popular sours returning and the brewery is throwing a party for it. The Raytona Beach Bash will be the official “welcome back” for Raytona Beach, a sour ale with pineapple, coconut and vanilla. Crane has invited The Screechin’ Halts to the bash for a set of live bluegrass/folk tunes. They’ll also be featuring a soon-to-be-named food truck as well as offering new Raytona Beach merch.
Servaes Brewing Co. — 10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — has a whole event dedicated to coconut. Coconut Day features the release of four coconut-themed beers plus the addition of two coconut-themed guest taps. You’ll be able to get your food fix from Relativity Cooking, which will be in the taproom from 12-4 p.m.
Big Rip Brewing Co. — 216 E. 9th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — is teaming up with the Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair to throw a fundraiser for MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault). SPIKED! will feature over 15 different local craft makers. The fundraiser will have a large raffle with tons of different prizes including a signed piece of Chiefs memorabilia. Food will be provided by Whisk & Roux with cocktails being mixed by Max Martin. Both will be donation based.
Transport Brewery — 11113 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — is concluding its three-day Maifest event with the Carl’s Cause Backyard Brewfest. The event is meant to raise awareness for mental health help within the Kansas City community. You’ll be able to enjoy the release of Carl’s Cause pale ale plus the return of their Maifest ale among other beers. Music will be provided by the Grateful Dads with food coming from Eat Schmidt Food Truck and Scotty C’s. The event is free to attend and will run from 2-7 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.