Published December 7th, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Considering the vast number of craft breweries in this world, expansion outside of a brewery’s immediate local market can be daunting.
Breweries are constantly battling for a finite number of tap lines and shelf space. In addition to going up against other local breweries, they’re going up against regional and national breweries that likely have a lot more leverage in securing those coveted spots.
That didn’t stop one locally brewery from taking the leap and expanding their reach. Limitless Brewing in Lenexa, Kansas, recently launched distribution in Missouri. They signed with Craft Republic, a well known craft beer-centric distributor based in the St. Louis area. Limitless will be working with Craft Republic’s Kansas City arm for distribution in and around the metro area.
They’ve spent the past week working through several launch parties at popular establishments like Oak & Steel (downtown), Bier Station (Waldo), Conrad’s (Liberty), and Long Bell Pizza Co (Lee’s Summit). With those in the rear view mirror, Limitless will continue to secure new draft lines and work towards getting some shelf space at liquor stores around the metro area.
Limitless will undoubtedly continue to produce more and more beer, especially once their new brewery at 95th Street and Dice Lane in Lenexa is open. This will only help them expand across the state of Missouri and allow their beer to get into the hands of more and more customers. However, for now they’ll focus on building up their presence in western Missouri until that new brewery is built.
Welcome to Missouri, Limitless!
Pathlight Brewing — 11200 W. 75th St., Shawnee, Kansas — has a new brew available called Cold Hearted Blond. This 5% coffee blond ale is brewed using Brazilian cold brew from local shop Messenger. It’s got plenty of coffee flavors with some floral and chocolatey hints as well.
Free State Brewing Co. — 636 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, Kansas — has a new limited release beer available. Northern Lights IPA is a cold IPA that comes in at 7% ABV and 42 IBUs. You’ll get flavors of honeysuckle, white tea, papaya, honeydew, and grapefruit derived from the Strata, Talus, Cashmere, and Citra hops.
East Forty Brewing — 1201 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri — is rocking two new beers this week. For the hop lovers there’s Hells Bells, a small batch 7% American IPA. Like a true West Coast IPA, it’s piney and bitter. If you need something a little less hoppy, go for their SzeLager, a 6% Dortmunder export. You’ll get a nice malt backbone to pair with the slightly floral hop profile.
KC Bier Co. — 310 W. 79th St., Kansas City, Missouri — just put out a new special release, Dunkelbock. This big beer comes in at 10% ABV and has flavors of toasted bread and caramel malt with some hints of coffee and chocolate. It’s only available for a limited amount of time so snag it before it’s gone.
Cinder Block Brewery — 110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — just released a big beer for the holiday season. Cinder Noel is a Belgian strong ale clocking in at a hefty 10.5% ABV. Aged in apple brandy barrels for nine months, you can expect this beer to have flavors of caramel, candied fruit, burnt sugar and oak.
BKS Artisan Ales — 633 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri — has two new beers for your drinking pleasure this week. The first is their annual collaboration with Kansas Hop Co., Pine Tree. Historically brewed around the holidays, Pine Tree IPA (7% ABV) uses Kanook hops from Kansas Hop Co. You’ll get lots of tropical and citrus aromas and flavors like pineapple, orange and lemon zest, grapefruit, and mango. You can also snag Chur Thing, an unfiltered New Zealand style IPA that also comes in at 7% ABV. This one has flavors of lemon, lime, passion fruit and kiwi.
3Halves Brewing Co. — 110 E. Kansas St., Liberty, Missouri — released a new pilsner. Phil’s Happy Pils (5.5% ABV, 39 IBUs) is a classic Czech-style pilsner that’s slightly amber in color with lots of floral notes and a little bit of bitterness from the Czech Saaz hops.
Alma Mader Brewing — 2635 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri — is continuing with the stout season. This week they released Settling In: Cococcino, an 8.5% double milk stout with coconut and coffee. This version uses Madagascar vanilla, Ecuadorian cacao nibs and tons of toasted coconut. This delicious beer tastes pretty much like a chocolate dipped coconut macaroon.
Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — is kicking off their sixth anniversary weekend with a Throwback Bottle Share. Crane will be opening up several different bottles given to them over the years by regulars and collected by some of their owners. The event is free to attend with no set schedule of when beers will be opened. Just show up and have a good time.
Not Lost Brewing Co. — 229 S. Main St., Ottawa, Kansas — is putting your holiday knowledge to the test. They’ll be hosting a combination ugly sweater party and Christmas movie trivia night. The trivia will run from 4-6 p.m. so wear your ugliest holiday sweater, grab a delicious brew and have some fun.
Big Rip Brewing Co. — 216 E. 9th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — has a two day holiday extravaganza going on. Taking place on both Saturday and Sunday, they’ll be putting on their Merry and Fright vendor pop-up. They’ll be featuring several different vendors on both days so if you’ve got some Christmas shopping to do this is a perfect opportunity.
Servaes Brewing Co. — 10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — will be hosting two different vendors for their Holiday Pop-Up Shops event. You can swing into the tap room from 1-4 p.m. to catch Bella Mel Designs (hand-painted welcome mats) and Next to Nature Farms (honey, fresh jelly/jam, olive oil, etc.). Once you’re done doing a little Christmas shopping, sip on some great Servaes beers.
Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — is hosting their 6th Anniversary Party. They’ll be releasing special pint glasses, t-shirts, and of course an anniversary stout. Be sure to follow their page closely as they’ll be releasing a few more details as the date gets closer.
Red Crow Brewing Co. — 1062 W. Santa Fe St., Olathe, Kansas — is bringing back their Brewhouse Yoga. Let go of all of that stress you’re holding in from holiday shopping while getting in some exercise. Tickets include one free post-yoga beverage (beer, beermosa or mimosa).
Outfield Beer Co. — 10953 Kaw Drive, Edwardsville, Kansas — is hosting a Beer & Cookies event at their taphouse. They’ll be offering two different ticket packages for the event. The $25 tickets will get you four cookies to decorate plus a free beverage (beer or soda). There’s also a $15 ticket that will just get you the cookies to decorate should you not want a beverage or want to bring the kids.
Transport Brewery — 11113 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — has partnered with Apple Pie Painting to offer a Paint Your Pet night. Whether you want to keep your painting for yourself or give it as a holiday gift, it will be a fun night filled with good beer and good times.
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.