Published June 20th, 2023 at 10:45 AM4 minute read
June is Craft Beer Month in Missouri. Breweries statewide have been celebrating the month with various events, beer releases and collaborations.
One of the biggest releases of the month comes in the form of Missouri Loves Company, a West Coast IPA. The beer is a collaborative effort by many of the breweries that are part of the Missouri Craft Brewers Guild.
In 2023 the guild decided to brew a beer once per quarter with a different brewery playing host each time. This version was brewed in late April at Springfield Brewing Co. It was officially released on June 14 throughout the state.
You can find six-packs of the beer here in the Kansas City area at 3 Trails Brewing, Boulevard Brewing, Diametric Brewing, Double Shift Brewing and KC Bier Co.
In addition to the beer release, the Missouri Craft Brewers Guild will be doing a statewide event on June 21. They’ve dubbed it Missouri Pint Day. You can visit participating breweries to get a unique pint glass that features various elements from Missouri. Locally, you’ll be able to get a glass at BKS Artisan Ales, Boulevard Brewing, KC Bier Co., River Bluff Brewing and Transparent Brewing.
The design for this year’s Missouri Pint Day comes from H!ll Design Co. from Marshfield, Missouri. (Courtesy | Missouri Craft Brewers Guild)
Future brewers guild beers will be brewed at Friendship Brewing Co. in Wentzville (a cold IPA) and Logboat Brewing Co. in Columbia (a double IPA).
We raise a glass to all of the great breweries across the state and thank you for continuing to produce great craft beers.
BKS Artisan Ales — 633 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri — has a new variation of their Big Spender, a 10% ABV hazy triple IPA. This one uses Citra, Mosaic and Galaxy hops with the special additions of Motueka subzero hop kief and Nelson Sauvin subzero hop kief. Hop kief is concentrated lupulin that allows brewers to use hops in a way traditional hop pellets don’t allow. The beer feels soft on the palette with plenty of tropical and citrus notes throughout.
KC Bier Co — 310 W. 79th St., Kansas City, Missouri — decided to do a very limited run of Heim Beer. The beer is usually brewed exclusively for the J. Reiger & Co. distillery, but the brewery will release it to wider distribution for a short time. The 5.5% aBV beer is a Bohemian-style export lager brewed exclusively with Czech Saaz hops. The biscuit malt flavors lead into a spicy hop bitterness before finishing clean and crisp.
Red Sash Brewing Co. — 406 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri — is back with another sessionable beer on draft called Operation Husky. The beer is a Sicilian lemon shandy that comes in at just 4.1% ABV. You’ll get plenty of lemon throughout the beer from the nose through the body with a refreshingly clean finish.
Free State Brewing Co. — 636 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, Kansas — collaborated with the ever-popular Joe’s KC Bar-B-Que. The duo created Joe’s 180 Lager. The name is derived from a perfect score in a barbecue competition. The well-balanced lager is just 5% ABV and pairs perfectly with grilled or smoked meats.
Double Shift Brewing — 412 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri — brewed up a collaboration with Equal Minded Cafe. The two created Chai It Out, a 6.2% ABV brown ale with chai. You’ll immediately notice the beer has similar aromas you’d get with chai tea. Notes of cinnamon, vanilla and brown sugar greet your nose before leading to some of the sweet and spicy flavors you’d find in chai.
Cinder Block Brewery — 110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — has a new release this week but it’s not a beer. They just released their first ever imperial cider. Coming in at 8% ABV, the cider was made with 100% McIntosh apples. The nose features aromas of apple, pear and citrus. Much like McIntosh apples themselves, the flavors are tart and crisp with a little bit of sweetness and spice.
Diametric Brewing Co. — 949 N.E. Columbus, Lee’s Summit, Missouri — released a new beer this week called Be A Goldfish. While the phrase has been around for awhile, it was popularized by the TV show “Ted Lasso” and encourages people to let go of their worries and focus on the now instead of the past or future. It’s a 5.3% ABV hazy pale ale that mainly features Sabro and Mosaic hops with a touch of Talus hops as well.
Grains & Taps — 10 S.W. 3rd St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri — is doing another release party as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations. This tapping will be for their whiskey barrel aged coconut stout. It comes in at a hefty 11% ABV. This is one of the last anniversary events they’ll be doing as part of the entire series they’ve been doing throughout May and June. You won’t want to miss out on this rare beer!
Pathlight Brewing — 11200 W. 75th St., Shawnee, Kansas — is celebrating its third anniversary with a weekend full of fun events. The brewery will be serving up a newer, bigger version of their Johnny C’s Double IPA. Pathlight also will be hosting one of the newest food trucks to the area, Gochew. Pair the beer with one of Gochew’s signature burgers and you’ve got the makings of a great Friday night.
Pathlight Brewing — 11200 W. 75th St., Shawnee, Kansas — is wrapping up its anniversary week with a patio party featuring one of its newest beers, Path Lite. This light beer was made for crushing on patios, boats or wherever you choose to enjoy some sunshine. The brewery also is hosting the Omnivorian food truck, which will be serving up wraps, burgers and sandwiches.
Cinder Block Brewery — 110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — has quite the event lined up for fitness and animal lovers alike. They’re putting on two sessions of puppy yoga along with the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City. There are sessions at 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. with both capped at 20 people. All you need to do is bring your own yoga mat and be ready to stretch and cuddle.
Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — is back with another Sip ‘N Stretch class. Led by Teri Cartwright of Way of Life Yoga, this hour-long class is meant to help you kick off your morning with a bit of relaxation. The $15 ticket includes the class and one beer. All you have to do is show up with your own mat, towel and water bottle and you’ll be good to go.
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.