Published June 22nd, 2021 at 11:00 AM
As June wanes, we are also nearing the end of Pride Month, meant to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.
Several area breweries are celebrating Pride Month with beer releases and events of their own.
BKS Artisan Ales just released Spectral Wheel (G) Double IPA. This beer features Zeus, Strata, and Galaxy hops leading to flavors of Meyer lemon and pineapple. A portion of the sales from this beer will go to the Kansas City P.R.I.D.E. Community Alliance.
You can kick your weekend off with an evening at Crane Brewing Co., which is hosting Pints for Pride night on Friday, June 25. The event is designed to raise awareness and funds for the KC Anti-Violence Project. In case that isn’t enough for you, they’ll be tapping a special beer!
Once you’ve gotten a good night’s sleep and recovered from the night out at Crane, you’ll want to head to Big Rip Brewing Co. on Saturday, June 26. Perhaps the biggest Pride Month bash of the weekend is Hella Queen Pop Up. Big Rip is partnering with YelpKC and Cafe Cà Phê to host several local vendors with proceeds of the event going to LGBTQ+ focused organizations. The fun starts at 10 a.m. and goes through the late afternoon.
If you aren’t partied out yet, there’s one last Pride Month event to close out your weekend. Head over to the Boulevard Brewing Co.’s Beer Hall for Rainbow Sunday Funday Bingo. They’ve partnered with Save Inc. and the Kansas City Center for Inclusion (KCCI) for this event. Save and KCCI will be at the event providing information and resources for attendees. Doors open at 10 a.m. with bingo starting at 11 a.m.
Martin City Brewing Co. — 500 E. 135th St., Kansas City, Missouri — will make you feel like you hit a home run with this curve ball of flavor! Curveball (5.6% ABV) is a wheat ale dry hopped with New Zealand Taiheke and an American classic Citra. The aroma is out of this world with wonderful tropical fruit and citrus notes. The wheat comes through in the flavor and brings a perfect balance to the hops.
Torn Label Brewing Co. — 1708 Campbell St., Kansas City, Missouri — has released Golden Garden Grisette (4.9% ABV), a tribute to a historical style, the classic grisettes from the Hainaut region of Belgium. Crisp, bright and slightly floral, Golden Garden is incredibly refreshing and particularly well suited for this stretch of sweltering weather.
Diametric Brewing Co. — 949 N.E. Columbus St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri — has released Foeder Force One v2.0 (7% ABV). Aged for an entire year in a Missouri white oak foeder, this mixed culture sour solera is bright but balanced with a crisp sourness, playful fruitiness, and a vanilla-like oak undertone.
Smoke Brewing Co. — 209 S.E. Main Lee’s Summit, Missouri — has released Jazz Hands Sour IPA (6.8% ABV), which features a blend of New Zealand hops, giving the beer taste and aroma of mangos, dried apricots and peach ring candies.
East Forty Brewing Co. — 1201 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri — has released Bruhaha (5.6% ABV). Soft on the palate and featuring Bru-1 and Motueka hops, this wheat pale ale is super smooth with hints of tropical fruit and lime zest.
Strange Days Brewing Co. — 316 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri — has released Taking Forever to Say Goodbye, a Midwest IPA (6.8% ABV). Brewed with classic American 2-Row barley, a touch of crystal malt, and hopped exclusively with Simcoe, you won’t want to say goodbye to this beer.
Do some painting at Servaes Brewing Co. —10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas. Professional artists will teach you how to mix colors, hold the brush and paint confidently on stretched canvas while you sip some tasty libations. The ticket price includes all supplies and professional step-by-step instruction. The event starts at 6 p.m.
Limitless Brewing Co. — 9765 Widmer Road, Lenexa, Kansas — is back with another night of live music. This week they’ll be hosting the Amarugia Ridge Runners from 7-9 p.m. If all that dancing and drinking gets your stomach rumbling, you’ll be able to grab a bite from the Papa Scott’s Street Eats food truck.
Apex Aleworks — 4356 S. Noland Road, Independence, Missouri — is ready to help you start your weekend off with a whole lot of laughter. The Stand-Up Comedy Showcase features three comedians for the night. The fun kicks off at 6 p.m. for happy hour and $2 off beers.
Strange Days Brewing Co. — 316 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri — is partnering with Sonic Love and DoubleTap KC for a block party in the parking lot starting at 6:30 p.m. It’s a free event with food, games, music, dancing and plenty of cold beverages.
Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — is hosting a special evening in honor brewer Rodney Beagle, who recently passed away. Crane brewer Jeff Chilcott has donated his entire collection of Crane’s bottled beer. Crane also will be providing some other beers and welcomes attendees to bring special bottles to share from their own collection. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the fund for Beagle’s sons. The event starts at 5 p.m.