Published September 5th, 2023 at 11:00 AM3 minute read
Some local breweries have more than Oktoberfest to celebrate this month.
Rochester Brewing & Roasting Co. celebrated its fourth anniversary over the Labor Day weekend by hosting a Maker’s Market at their Crossroads location and releasing new products.
Next up is Liberty’s 3Halves Brewing Co., which is also celebrating four years in business this coming weekend.
Finally, Cinder Block Brewery is hosting a 10-year anniversary celebration running from Sept. 27 through Oct. 1. The brewery plans to release its bourbon barrel-aged imperial cider and a triple dry-hopped Block IPA. Celebration plans include a “Bring Your Own Vinyl” night, giveaways, raffles, new cocktails, yard games and more.
Congratulations to all three breweries on another year of quality brews.
BKS Artisan Ales — 633 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri — ushered in the Labor Day weekend with a West Coast double IPA named Double Current. The 8.5% DIPA was dry-hopped with Simcoe, Strata, Nelson Sauvin and Mosaic. The combination leads to a layered flavor profile. Expect notes of stone fruit, light pine and candied grapefruit along with tropical flavors such as passion fruit and pineapple.
Cinder Block Brewery — 110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — is already in pumpkin season. They just released their seasonal Imperial Pumpkin Latte. The base beer is an imperial blonde stout. To add the seasonal flair, pumpkin, cold brew and lactose were added. The beer is full-bodied and creamy. At 8% ABV, it’s like your favorite coffee shop’s pumpkin spice latte but on steroids!
Servaes Brewing Co. — 10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — has a particularly sweet treat on tap for you. They just released Fearless, which is a confetti cake pop sour blonde ale made with all the ingredients you need for a cake. We’re talking buttercream frosting, confetti cake mix, strawberry puree and coconut. Proceeds from the 6% beer will be donated to 261 Fearless, a global nonprofit meant to empower and unite women through non-competitive running clubs.
Callsign Brewing — 1340 Burlington St., North Kansas City, Missouri — took an old-school treat and gave it a new-school twist. In the summer of 1929, the first Orange Julius was released. Nearly a century later, Callsign has released WTFO Orange Julius, a 6.5% smoothie sour that’s creamy and orange-forward. It may not be the treat your grandparents know and love, but it’s every bit as delicious.
Rochester Brewing Co. — 2129 Washington St., Kansas City, Missouri — took their traditional kettle sour and amped it up with some fun new flavors. This 7% version features the addition of blackberries and lime. The subtle malt sweetness hits first, followed by bursts of acidity provided by the fruit. It makes for a tart yet refreshing beer for this time of year.
Vine Street Brewing — 2010 Vine St., Kansas City, Missouri — released two new beers over Labor Day weekend. First up in Bartholomew, a 5.6% pale ale. You’ll be greeted with sweet tropical fruit on the nose followed by notes of pineapple, peach and apricot. If you want to step it up a little bit you can try their new IPA Goose Grease. This 7% brew has classic West Coast IPA features citrusy pine aromas followed by bold hoppy flavors and a slightly bitter finish.
Servaes Brewing Co. — 10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — is celebrating all things pickles with their fifth annual Pickle Party. The event will see the release of four pickle-themed beers from Servaes plus two pickle beers on the guest taps. If the beers aren’t enough, there will also be a free pickle bar with samples. Point & Flat BBQ will be serving their delicious smoked meats from 12-4 p.m.
Martin City Brewing Co. — 500 E. 135th St., Kansas City, Missouri — is throwing a parking lot party. There will be food and drink passes available for purchase that can be redeemed for pizza from Martin City, BBQ from Jazzy B’s, beers from Martin City and/or Grains & Taps, and ice cream from Martin City. There also will be a charity dump tank, live music, face painting, bouncy house and more.
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.