Published May 31st, 2022 at 1:00 PM
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer. With that brings lots of exciting local beer news and upcoming happenings on the horizon.
The first exciting update comes from Servaes Brewing Co., which recently announced plans to expand in Shawnee. The brewery will be taking over the space next door at 10923 Johnson Drive, effectively doubling the size of their taproom to allow for more seating and more room for events. While no timeline has been announced, construction is expected to begin soon.
Meanwhile, Olathe’s Tall Trellis Brew Co. announced they have received a brewing license. Since opening, Tall Trellis has been featuring beers from many local breweries. While they still plan to feature other breweries, Tall Trellis now can brew and serve their own beer. Not only have they started making their own beer, but they worked on a collaboration beer with Sandhills Brewing. While they don’t have their beers on draft just yet, expect to see Tall Trellis beer very soon.
Finally, we have a birthday to celebrate. Rockcreek Brewing Co. in Mission will be celebrating their second birthday June 3-4. The brewery will be featuring different beer releases and have a food truck each day. Friday will see the release of Cosmic Energy, a New England IPA with Phantasm and Cosmic Punch yeast. Food will be served by the Smoke-n-Seoul food truck. Saturday marks the release of Hoopla, an American strong ale. The Estrella Azul food truck will be there helping to serve up all things Mexican.
Pathlight Brewing — 11200 W. 75th St., Shawnee, Kansas — has introduced a new beer perfectly fit for the summer. Alohops is a pineapple milkshake sour IPA that comes in at 7% ABV. The Sabro and Bru-1 hops help provide tropical flavors such as coconut and pineapple. There’s a hint of tartness in this beer that helps balance those slightly sweet flavors.
Rockcreek Brewing Co. — 5880 Beverly Ave., Mission, Kansas — has a new beer that’s bright and shiny. Dubbed The Sun, this 5.8% hazy pale ale has bright tropical aromas and flavors. With characteristics ranging from pineapple to passion fruit, this pale ale will surely brighten your day.
East Forty Brewing — 1201 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri — released the first of their new kettle sour series, A Fistful of Raspberries. This series will feature a different fruit each time with this first version featuring red raspberries as the name suggests. It’s slightly tart, full of raspberry flavor, and at 5% ABV easily drinkable.
Diametric Brewing Co. — 949 N.E. Columbus St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri — has a brand new collaboration beer available. They teamed up with River Bluff Brewing and the Missouri Craft Beer Guild to create Crossing Streams. The beer is a sour lager with citrus peel and clocks in at 5.5% ABV. A portion of the proceeds from this beer will be donated to Missouri Stream Teams who have been cleaning up waterways around Missouri for the past 30 years.
3Halves Brewing Co. — 110 E. Kansas St., Liberty, Missouri — just put out a great new brew for the summer. Patio Drinker is a 4.5% ABV orange cream and grapefruit sour. The orange cream helps provide some sweetness with the grapefruit giving this beer a nice tart finish.
Torn Label Brewing Co. — 1708 Campbell St., Kansas City, Missouri — has released a collaboration beer with the Pink Boots Society, Pakari Pakari. The beer is a 7% ABV IPA brewed with kiwi and lemon. The beer has bright citrus flavors such as notes of tangy lemonade and grapefruit with brown sugar.
Border Brewing Co. — 512 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri — has a new beer perfect for the summer. Lime Fresca is a salted lime lager. After conditioning for 60 days, Border added nearly 30 pounds of freshly squeezed lime juice with a bit of salt. It comes in at only 5% ABV so it’s perfect for sipping on a sunny day.
Alma Mader Brewery — 2635 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri — is making IPA clear again with their latest release. Been There Before is a 7% ABV West Coast IPA. This IPA was hopped with Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo hops, leading to flavors of sweet orange, honeydew and lemon-lime. In classic West Coast IPA fashion, it finishes with a hint of pine.
Rochester Brewing Co. — 2129 Washington St., Kansas City, Missouri — is throwing a First Friday Block Party along with their friends at KC AutoWorx. This will be a family-friendly event featuring entertainment such as live music, corn hole, food trucks and even a bouncy castle for the little ones. Beer, coffee and food will be available from Rochester. but it must stay within the roped off area on their patio.
Servaes Brewing Co. — 10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — will be celebrating Pride month all month long with beer releases, pop-up shops and more happening every Friday. This Friday will feature the release of Love is Love, a fruited sour with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Kansas City Pride Community Alliance. The RachEats food truck will be on site 4-9 p.m. along with pop-ups from Annie’s Barn KC and Avec Moi Sweets 5-8 p.m.
Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — is hosting the official Rock Island Celebration After Party at their brewery. The event will take place immediately following the Rock Island Trail event happening Saturday morning. The event is free for all to attend and will feature live music, face painters, balloon artists and more. Of course Crane will have plenty of beer including two new releases, Trail Smith and Rock Island Blonde.
Wine & Brew Walk — 108 S. Liberty St., Independence, Missouri — will be taking place in and around the historic Independence Square district. The event, which runs from 5-9 p.m., will feature a mix of breweries, wineries and distilleries. You can catch brews from local favorites such as 3 Trails Brewing Co, Crane Brewing Co., and Rochester Brewing Co. A limited number of VIP tickets are on sale for $40. Otherwise, general admission tickets will run $25 before June 4 or $30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased here.
Strang Hall Beer Fest — 7313 W. 80th St., Overland Park, Kansas — is back for another year of delicious food and brews. The festival will take place from 2-6 p.m. and will be all you can drink during that time. Each of their six food concepts will be offering up unlimited appetizers as well as 20% off full meals. The beer fest will feature 11 different breweries from the metro area. Tickets cost $60 and can be purchased here.
Big Rip Brewing Co. — 216 E. 9th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — will be partnering with local menstrual equity groups No Shame! and I Support The Girls to host A Period Product Donation Drive & Packing Party. They’re looking for products such as sealed feminine wipes, tampons and pads. Those who choose to donate will be entered in a raffle and will receive $2 off any beer. They’ll also be collecting new bras and underwear to be donated to KC organizations Hole Em Up 4 Care and Girly Inc.
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.