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Tap List | Grains & Taps Opens Second Location

Grand Opening July 23

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Above image credit: Interior view of Grains & Taps’ new Pine Tree Plaza location. (Courtesy | Grains & Taps)

If you’ve made the rounds in the Lee’s Summit brewery circuit you’re probably familiar with Grains & Taps. Situated in the quaint downtown area, the brewery is known for delicious beers and housemade pizzas.

Soon, Grains & Taps will have a second location.

Grains & Taps has spent the past several months building out their new Pine Tree Plaza taproom. The new location, still in Lee’s Summit, is located in a strip mall at 310 S.W. Blues Parkway.

The new location will feature a taproom, brewhouse and homebrew shop. While this location isn’t outfitted with a pizza oven, it will offer brats and sides to nosh on. They’ll also feature food from Burn Theory Fire Kitchen every now and then.

The Pine Tree Plaza location held a soft opening June 23, but the official grand opening celebration is scheduled for July 23. Both the taproom and homebrew store are currently open Tuesday through Sunday. 

Congrats on the new location, Grains & Taps! 

Beer Releases

Pathlight Brewing — 11200 W. 75th St., Shawnee, Kansas — is speeding toward the weekend with their latest release, Bocks Bocks Bocks. This 6.3% ABV helles bock is brewed using German malts. This gives the beer flavors of lightly toasted bread with a clean and crisp finish reminiscent of a pilsner.

Free State Brewing Co. — 636 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, Kansas — put out an experimental IPA called High Note IPA. This IPA uses terpenes, which are naturally occurring chemical compounds often found in plants, most notably cannabis. These lead to the beer having aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, and yes, cannabis. It comes in at 5.05% ABV and 55 IBUs. And, before you ask, the beer won’t actually get you high.

Alma Mader’s latest IPA contains plenty of citrus notes.
Alma Mader’s latest IPA contains plenty of citrus notes. (Courtesy | Alma Mader Brewery)

Alma Mader Brewery — 2635 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri — has released Where The Oranges Grow, which is a brand new West Coast IPA. This new brew puts a ton of focus on citrus. You’ll get lots of juicy grapefruit and orange brightness in both the aroma and taste in this 7% ABV ale. 

East Forty Brewing — 1201 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri — has a new session IPA available in their taproom. Dubbed Lil Track, this session ale comes in at 4.8% ABV and was cold hopped. This simply means the beer was dry hopped while the beer fermented at cooler than normal temperatures. The cooler temps help bring out various qualities of the Nelson Sauvin, Amarillo and Mosaic hops.

BKS Artisan Ales — 633 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri — put out a few new beers ahead of the long holiday weekend. The first is Grandpa’s Grill, which is a 7% ABV hazy IPA. It’s plenty juicy and is sure to pair perfectly with all the foods grandpa is grilling up. The second is a double IPA by the name of Peony. The beer itself is named after the Peony firework, not the flower. This 8.5% ABV DIPA has a blend of hops from the Pacific Northwest and New Zealand creating a harmonious balance of pine and citrus.

Beer Events

Saturday, July 9

Apex Aleworks — 4356 S. Noland Road, Independence, Missouri — is back with another Homebrew Class. Taught by Ben Totman, Apex head brewer, this comprehensive hands-on class teaches you the entire brewing process from start to finish. Class participation is limited to eight people so everyone can get the most out of the experience. Each participant gets one free beer or flight and is invited back to drink what they created when Apex taps it.

Red Crow Brewing — 1062 W. Santa Fe St., Olathe, Kansas — is hosting their monthly Drew’s Firkin Saturday event. Each month Red Crow’s assistant brewer gets to play around and create a unique beer to be poured on cask. Only 10 gallons of the beer gets made and sells out quickly. Red Crow hasn’t released the details for this month’s beer, so keep your eyes peeled to see what sort of fun beer is on deck.

Sunday, July 10

Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — partnered with Harp BBQ and Eclairs de Lune to host a Sunday Brunch. The menu consists of all sorts of delicious menu items like sausage, brisket, cucumber salad and more. You’ll receive one pastry for dessert and a beer from Crane to wash it all down. Crane will also be releasing two new beers to sweeten the deal. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased here. The first 50 people to purchase a ticket will receive a free can of pepper jelly from KC Canning Co.

3 Trails Brewing Co. — 111 N. Main St., Independence, Missouri — has teamed up with Show Me Pottery for a fun afternoon of craft making. Pottery Pub attendees will get to pick out a piece of pre-made pottery and customize it with the glaze color of your choice. You’ll also receive a free beer to sip on while making your masterpiece. Finished pieces will be fired and returned to the brewery a couple of weeks after the event for you to pick up.

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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