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Tap List | East Crossroads Field Day Set for Sunday

Falling Into Fall

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Above image credit: Interior view of Casual Animal, one of the stops in the inaugural East Crossroads Field Day. (Courtesy | East KC Crossroads)

Remember when you were a kid and the school year was coming to an end and you would have field day complete with competitive events? Well, if you’ve ever longed to do it again you’re in luck!

The East Crossroads will be staging the first East Crossroads Field Day beginning at noon on Sunday, Sept. 18. Brewery stops include Border Brewing Co, Casual Animal, City Barrel, Double Shift Brewing, Red Sash Brewing Co and Torn Label Brewing Co. You’ll also have stops at Lifted Spirits and KC Wineworks. Each of the destinations will have a fun and unique challenge. 

Tickets for a team of four will run $40 and include multiple perks. You can enjoy drink specials at each location, receive a scorecard with a location map, compete against your team members for a free drink token at each stop, compete for the 2022 Field Day Champion Trophy, and win prizes for the best-dressed individual and team.

Your team will start at the location you register at and rotate through each of the locations. There will be guides from the East Crossroads to ensure you know where your next location is. Each stop will have a referee so you know how to play the game and help determine the winner in any close matches.

Register here to get in on the fun. Simply pick the place you’d like your team to start at and you’re good to go. Good luck to all the competitors!

Beer Releases

BKS Artisan Ales — 633 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri — has new fresh hop beer available in cans and on tap in the taproom. This year’s version is a 7% ABV unfiltered IPA. The beer consists of a solely pilsner malt bill and utilizes 25 pounds of fresh hops per barrel. BKS received fresh Kanook hops from Kansas Hop Co. and then dry-hopped the IPA with a small amount of Citra and Chinook. Be sure to pick this up before the fresh hop profile disappears.

KC Bier Co. — 310 W. 79th St., Kansas City, Missouri — is now pouring their new schwarzbock. The recipe comes from Enid Lints, the winner of the KC Bier Meister’s Homebrew Scale-Up Brew contest. The 7.4% ABV beer pours a deep chocolate color and has rich and roasty flavors. It’s on tap for a limited amount of time so grab it while you can!

Strange Day Brewing's newest beer, Blueberry Limousine.
Let your taste buds feel like they’re riding in a limo with Strange Day’s newest beer, Blueberry Limousine. (Courtesy | Strange Days Brewing)

Strange Days Brewing — 316 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri — released a deliciously luxurious beer. Blueberry Limousine is an 8% ABV milkshake IPA brewed with lactose, blueberry and Ugandan vanilla. The combination of blueberry and vanilla makes you feel like you’re biting into a fresh slice of blueberry pie. The Citra and El Dorado hops add a little bit of citrus to the beer to ensure it’s not overly sweet.

Red Sash Brewing Co. — 406 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri — teamed up with local breweries Double Shift Brewing and Big Rip Brewing Co. to create Big, Red, and Shifty. The beer is a 4.5% ABV fruit punch blonde. It uses over 130 pounds of fruit puree, which packs a wallop of juicy fruit flavors throughout the beer. You can find it on tap at all three breweries.

Diametric Brewing Co. — 949 N.E. Columbus, Lee’s Summit, Missouri — released its take on a German-style Oktoberfest called A Fest In October. It’s a pilsner-based lager and comes in at a whopping 8% ABV. It has biscuit-like flavors from the malt and is rounded out by the earthy German Hallertau Mittelfruh hops.

Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — just released a collaboration beer with local musician Pure XTC. Orange You Happy Yet? is a hazy IPA brewed with blood orange and spices. The 6.7% ABV beer uses fall spices to help you begin to make that transition to the cooler weather while the juicy blood orange is a faint reminder of the summer months.

Beer Events

Friday, Sept. 16

3Halves Brewing Co. — 110 E. Kansas St., Liberty, Missouri — is kicking off the weekend by celebrating its third anniversary. The entire weekend will be chock full of fun including beer releases and live music. The brewery is launching both its kolsch and Oktoberfest beers Friday night. 3Halves also will welcome Paul Woolam from 7-10 p.m. for all your live music needs.

East Forty Brewing — 1201 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri — will be throwing a two-day Fall Fun Fest in the parking lot. The event will run from 4-11 p.m. on Friday and 1-11 p.m. on Saturday. The Fall Fun Fest will have a beer garden, feature food from Joker B’s BBQ, have lots of live music and more. The taproom will still be open during regular hours with a slightly earlier start on Saturday for the parade.

Servaes Brewing Co. — 10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — has another fun Friday planned. The brewery will be staging the Infertility Beer Release, Fundraiser & Pop-up Shop event. Servaes will release their new Dreams in Color – Orange Pineapple, a 4.5% ABV Berliner weisse. Servaes will donate $2 from every pour to Kansas City Infertility. Mooyueibaker will be on site from 5-8 p.m. selling delicious cakes and cookies.

Saturday, Sept. 17

Red Crow Brewing — 1062 W. Santa Fe St., Olathe, Kansas — is back with the monthly Mutha Firkin Saturday. This monthly firkin starts with one of Red Crow’s base beers and is then spruced up with whatever fruit, adjuncts, and/or hops brewer Chris wants. Only 10 gallons of the firkin are made so once it’s tapped at noon it will sell out quickly. This month’s beer has not yet been released.

ExBEERiment — 925 E. Lincoln Lane, Gardner, Kansas — is throwing an Oktoberfest Release Day at their taproom. The beer will be flowing all day along with available snacks and prizes. This will all culminate with a ticketed beer dinner that starts at 7 p.m. The dinner will feature three ExBEERiment beers paired with three German dishes. Tickets for the dinner are $50 per person and can be purchased here.

Brew Lab — 7925 Marty St., Overland Park, Kansas — will welcome author Michael Travis in for a meet the author and book signing event. Michael penned the book “Celebrating Kansas Beer: People, Places, and Stories” after falling in love with craft beer back in his college days. Throughout his retail career, he was able to fully appreciate the art that goes behind the craft resulting in this book.

Grains & Taps — 10 S.W. 3rd St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri — will be running a two-hour Beginner Brewing Class at the new Pine Tree Plaza location at 310 S.W. Blue Pkwy. The class is geared towards newer homebrewers and will cover the basics you need to know to brew at home. Tickets come with a flight of beers during the class and a brat basket either before or after the class is over.

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.

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