Published August 30th, 2022 at 11:00 AM
While the local beer world will be relatively quiet over the Labor Day weekend, Lawrence Beer Co. will be making some noise. The brewery will be throwing a huge street party on Saturday to celebrate its fifth anniversary.
The all-day event will kick off at 10 a.m. with a free yoga session hosted by VIBE. VIBE is a female-owned yoga and fitness center that offers classes of various intensity levels. The hour-long outdoor yoga session will take place on Pennsylvania Street and is open to all skill levels.
Once yoga ends, the true party starts. Lawrence Beer Co. will open its doors at 11 a.m. They’ll be offering their regular food and drink menu, but plan to do several different beer releases in honor of their birthday. The menu will switch at 4 p.m. to a shortened party menu with some regular items and popular blasts from the past like kimchi fries and walking tacos.
The party will feature live music from Lawrence artists Lucas Parker Band (with Jessica Paige) and Hembree. Hembree will be making their return home for the celebration as most of the band now lives in Los Angeles. They’ve garnered lots of attention and have had their music featured in an Apple commercial during the Super Bowl and in commercials for Bose and Monday Night Football. They’ve toured nationally and internationally with acts like Phoenix, Cold War Kids, Elvis Costello, and many more.
Sunflower Outdoor and Bike also will be hosting a disc golf challenge from 2-5 p.m. with a basket set up on Pennsylvania Street. Those who can get a hole-in-one will win prizes courtesy of Sunflower Outdoor and Lawrence Brewing Co. Some of the proceeds from this challenge will go to local charities.
In addition to all of that, Lawrence Beer Co. will have several beer tents and merch booths outside. The merch booths will have items made specifically for their birthday. They’ll also be hosting several local vendors such as Kona Ice, G’s Jamaican Cuisine and Happy Hatters Custom Hats.
Cheers to Lawrence Beer Co. for five years!
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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.