Published December 13th, 2022 at 11:30 AM
Fringe Beerworks, one of Lee’s Summit’s mainstay breweries, celebrated its sixth anniversary last weekend.
To mark the occasion, Fringe released a slew of different beers for the celebration. The brewery put its Madam X beer into four firkins, creating oreo, birthday cake, Samoa cookies and pancakes with maple syrup variants. In addition to the firkins, Fringe did the annual release of the Russian Dancing Bear and an anniversary ale with two variants, a bourbon barrel-aged version and a rye barrel-aged version.
Congrats on six years, Fringe!
River Bluff Brewing — 201 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri — released a new beer as part of their 12 Taps of Awesomeness event taking place this holiday season. The beer, Consumption Abbey Ale, is a 6.8% ABV Belgian dubbel. It uses the classic ingredient of dark candi syrup to help impart flavors of caramel and raisin which are synonymous with Belgian dubbels.
Cinder Block Brewery — 110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — just released its newest beer, Baja Blizzard. It’s a hefty 8% ABV West Coast double IPA. While you’ll get plenty of bitterness in this beer, the malt backbone provides a reprieve from the hops overtaking your tastebuds. If you need a beer to keep you warm this winter, consider this one.
KC Bier Co. — 310 W. 79th St., Kansas City, Missouri — is the latest brewery to team up with Vine Street Brewing for a collaboration beer. They brewed up Germans Love Jazz, a 7% ABV dry-hopped imperial Bavarian-style wheat ale. The beer uses a mix of German and American ingredients. The malt bill features 100% German malt and was fermented using German yeast. It was hopped with Sabro and Bru-1. You’re left with a delicious beer that has flavors of banana, coconut and pineapple.
Diametric Brewing Co. — 949 N.E. Columbus, Lee’s Summit, Missouri — has two new beers available for those malt lovers. The first is Dunkel Juan. Coming in at 6.4% ABV, Dunkel Juan is a dark Mexican lager. You’ll get the clean and crisp beer you know lagers to be with a bit of malt roastiness. You can also snag Twopence in the Schilling, a 3.7% ABV two penny Scottish ale. It’s the perfect beer to watch as the World Cup builds to a thrilling finale.
3 Trails Brewing Co. — 111 N. Main St., Independence, Missouri — brought back its popular holiday pale ale. The beer features a revamped label and fresh version of the recipe. This pale ale clocks in at 5.5% ABV and was hopped with Chinook and Amarillo, leading to lots of citrus notes with a hint of pine and light bitterness.
Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — released the highest ABV IPA they’ve ever made. Unnatural Order is a big 10.5% ABV triple IPA. The malt bill consists of floor-malted barley, wheat and oats. It used Mosaic Incognito and Idaho 7 hops in the boil and was then dry-hopped with Galaxy, Enigma, Idaho 7 Cryo and some Citra. You’ll get notes of citrus and berries.
Sandhills Brewing — 5612 Johnson Drive, Mission, Kansas — tapped a new beer brewed in collaboration with Joe McDonald of the Johnson County Brewing Society. Cascade Pale Ale is a scaled up version of Joe’s homebrew recipe. It was brewed with 100% Cascade hops including a double dry hop. The result is a piney and resinous brew that’ll warm you up throughout the cold of winter.
Pathlight Brewing — 11200 W. 75th St., Shawnee, Kansas — decided to take a different route than most other breweries for its holiday beer release. While many are doing big stouts or barleywines, Pathlight released Red Hare. The beer is a 6.7% ABV fruited saison made with raspberries. The beer toes the line between sweet from the raspberries and spicy from the classic Belgian saison yeast.
Servaes Brewing Co. — 10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — is welcoming in several local vendors for a Holiday Pop-Up Shop & Food Drive. This event will feature Jac Kap Ceramics, Grizzly Bee Goods and Theresa Joy Studios. Servaes will simultaneously be running a food drive where donations will net you a 10% discount on your tab. It’s a great way to get some holiday shopping done while helping a good cause.
Outfield Beer Co. — 10953 Kaw Drive, Edwardsville, Kansas — is hosting its Outfield holiday party and all are invited. When you buy a beer you’ll get a gift. You won’t just get your beer and gifts from anyone, though. Santa agreed to play bartender all night serving up your favorite festive Outfield beers.
Pathlight Brewing — 11200 W. 75th St., Shawnee, Kansas — wants you to bust out the ugliest sweater you own and wear it to their ugly sweater party. Everyone who wears an ugly sweater will receive 10% off their tab. Relativity Cooking will be on-site serving up a plant based Italian menu. Pathlight will also have plenty of their new Belgian strong ale available to sip on.
Cinder Block Brewery — 110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — has a friendly competition in store with some fun prizes. The brewery will be hosting a gingerbread house decorating contest. Cinder Block will also be releasing Cinder Noel, a Belgian strong ale. Tickets to enter the decorating contest are $20 and include one free beer, gingerbread house kit and basic décor. You are more than welcome to bring your own decorations to add to the kit you’ll be given. The winner will receive a $50 Cinder Block gift card.
Limitless Brewing — 9500 Dice Lane, Lenexa, Kansas — really wants you to get in the holiday spirit with their dual event day. Starting at 3 p.m. Limitless will be running two festive events. They’re bringing in a master pianist for their Christmas carol sing along. Lyrics will be shown on TV screens so everyone can sing along. While you’re singing along, you can also take part in their sugar cookie decorating event. You can buy cookies that require no work or purchase a kit to decorate your own!
East Forty Brewing — 1201 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri — wants you to take a quick break from all that holiday shopping and join them for another session of Yoga & Brew. Led by Neda of Trinity Wellness, the class will be an hour long and feature the vinyasas flow, which helps with everything from increasing mobility to building strength. Tickets are $25 and include one free beer.
River Bluff Brewing — 201 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri — is throwing a Christmas AF party. The brewery will be doing a Christmas-themed music bingo game. The bingo game will consist of two rounds, which are free to play, and will have multiple prizes per round. Customers are encouraged to wear their ugliest Christmas sweater to the event.
Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — knows the holiday season can be stressful and wants to help you unwind a bit. They’ll be hosting one of their Sip ‘N Stretch yoga classes in their Barrel Room. The hour-long class is led by Teri Cartwright of Way of Life Yoga. Tickets cost $15 each and include one beer after the yoga session. The class is open to practitioners of all experience levels.
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.