Published September 28th, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Like any new business, starting up a brewery can be a hard process. Transport Brewery, which opened in 2018, was no stranger to those struggles. After overcoming the typical obstacles to opening a new business, Transport has become a staple at the Johnson Drive location in Shawnee, Kansas.
In fact, Transport has been doing so well in Shawnee that expansion plans are now in the works. In an announcement on their Facebook page, Transport broke the news that they are working on a second facility to be located in downtown Gardner, Kansas.
The bigger location will allow Transport to develop new beers without clogging up the production pipeline for mainstays. The bigger facility also will give the brewery an opportunity to add an on-site kitchen rather than rely on food trucks out front. Finally, a bigger building means more space for guests.
For anyone reading this and worrying that their current location will go away, fret not. Transport plans on keeping the Shawnee location in addition to the new Gardner spot. While no formal construction plans have been announced, they are hoping to have the new facility open at some point in 2022. When it does, you can count on us to be among some of the first customers to help them celebrate.
Strange Days Brewing Co. — 316 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri — has a brand new sour ale for you. In an homage to their favorite Sonic Drive-In drink, they have released Supersonic Brain Freeze, a 5% ABV fruited gose. This beer has flavors of cherry, lime and salt. It will leave your tastebuds puckering.
Boulevard Brewing Co. — 2501 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri — also is releasing a brand new sour ale. Hibiscus Ginger Sour rings in at 4.2% ABV and 10 IBUs. The beer starts slightly tart and floral and finishes with a bit of ginger spice. It’s perfect for warm fall days and cool fall evenings.
Alma Mader Brewing — 2635 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri — is ringing in the week with three new releases. Tall Tales is an 8.5% ABV imperial oat brown ale brewed with cinnamon and Colombian and Brazilian coffee from Messenger. Phyllharmonic is a 6.7% ABV fresh hop IPA using hops from Kansas Hop Co. Lastly, they have Meadow, which is a classic 5.5% ABV fest bier which is more like a Vienna lager than a märzen.
Casual Animal Brewing Co. — 1725 McGee St., Kansas City, Missouri — has a new fall beer on draft in their tap room. Earth Hound is a 5.8% ABV vanilla porter. This beer is on draft as a nitro pour leading to a silky smooth mouthfeel with plenty of vanilla flavor.
City Barrel Brewing Co. — 1740 Holmes St., Kansas City, Missouri — is bringing you a brand new citra oat triple IPA named Spectrum. This beer was brewed with a brand new product called Citra Spectrum, which is a liquid hop additive. In addition to the loads of other hops in this beer, this 9.8% ABV IPA is quite juicy.
Grains & Taps — 10 S.W. 3rd St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri — just released the latest in their single hop series, Lupulin Singularity #2. This beer features experimental hop HBC-630, which invokes plenty of juicy aromas and flavors like guava and cotton candy. This IPA clocks in at 7.7% ABV.
City Barrel Brewing Co. — 1740 Holmes St., Kansas City, Missouri — is hosting a pop-up with local barbecue joint Buck Tui. They’ll be offering a hybrid food menu plus special cocktails made by Buck Tui’s beverage director Mari Matsumoto.
Kansas City Bier Co. — 310 W. 79th St., Kansas City, Missouri — is hosting Kansas City’s biggest Oktoberfest yet! The two-day event starts on Friday night and goes through Saturday at Crown Center and features multiple stages, games, authentic German food, a marketplace featuring local vendors, and of course plenty of German bier.
Diametric Brewing Co. — 949 N.E. Columbus, Lee’s Summit, Missouri — is throwing a party for Oktoberfest to celebrate the release of A Fest in Oktober and Pump-Cadian. Diametric will also feature a German-style food menu with eats like pretzels and sausages.
Martin City Brewing Co. — 500 E. 135th St., Kansas City, Missouri — is hosting a free concert at their event space. The Martin City Outdoor Concert will run from 2-7 p.m. and is family friendly. Martin City will have plenty of food and beer available for purchase.
Grains & Taps — 10 S.W. 3rd St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri — is joining multiple breweries for BarQfest 2021. The event is being put on by the Midwest Animal ResQ with proceeds from the event going directly to the animals in the organization. The fest will take place in Raytown at the Rice-Tremonti House, 8801 E. 66th St.
Apex Aleworks — 4356 S. Noland Road, Independence, Missouri — wants to teach you how to brew your own beer. The Apex Aleworks Homebrew Class is great for all experience levels. Admission is limited to eight people to allow for maximum student participation. You’ll learn everything from putting together a grain bill to the actual brewing process and of course receive a free beer while doing so. The class runs 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Big Rip Brewing Co. — 216 E. 9th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — is fully embracing the Halloween spirit. They’ll be hosting the Hella Spooky Pop-Up featuring several local vendors. The event will feature all sorts of spooky products and foods available for sale.
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.