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Tap List | Maifest Returns to Transport Brewery Going Big in May

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Above image credit: Transport Brewery’s four-day Maifest returns May 19-22. (Courtesy | Transport Brewery)
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Twice a year Transport Brewery in Shawnee, Kansas, likes to go big. They host large outdoor parties in the back parking lot filled with lots of beer, food and fun. One of those big events, Maifest, is set to return May 19-22.

Transport will be hosting various special events throughout the four-day festival. They’re kicking it off on Thursday with a “Bring Your Own Stein, Mug or Boot” night. All day long you can stop in with one of those three drinking vessels and Transport will fill it with 16 ounces of beer for only $5. They’ll also be featuring the KC Koshary food truck for your dining needs. Friday they’ll have both the Duke’s Place Cajun food truck and Bay Boy Specialty Sandwiches.

Saturday will feature a stein holding competition. The competition starts at 6 p.m. and the winner will receive a $100 giftcard to Transport. They’ll also have two different food trucks at the brewery – Papa Scott’s Street Eats and Happy Tummy Empanadas.

Sunday will feature an outdoor yoga event from 9:30-10:30 a.m. before doing a couple of beer releases for a good cause. Transport will be releasing Carl’s Cause Pale Ale and Things We Don’t Say IPA, both benefiting mental health awareness. Tina’s Trucks Designer Cuisine will be the food truck of the day.

In addition to all of this, Transport will release their Maifest Maibock and a new line of merchandise. Every single day also will feature live music from either a band or a DJ. Kids and leashed dogs are welcome.

If you’re not a beer drinker there will be cider and wine available with non-alcoholic options available from the food trucks.

Beer Releases

Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — knows it’s getting hotter, which means the need for more crushable beers. Their latest release is just that. Freedom 49 is 4% ABV light lager that’s every bit as crisp as it is clean. Whether you want something to crush in the pool or to quench your thirst after mowing your lawn, this is the beer for you.

Fields & Ivy Brewery — 706 E. 23rd St., Lawrence, Kansas — brewed a new saison with a bit of a twist. Saison Napa is a big 11.5% ABV saison made with merlot grapes aged in oak barrels. Purple in hue, this sangria-like beer has the spiciness you’d normally find in a saison with flavors of black cherry, plum and vanilla from the grapes.

The new BooCrew Berry from Servaes Brewing Co.
The new BooCrew Berry from Servaes Brewing Co. (Courtesy | Servaes Brewing Co.)

Servaes Brewing Co. — 10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — has a new beer for a good cause. BooCrew Berry is a 5% ABV sour ale with strawberries and homemade buttercream frosting. The beer was brewed in honor of the stationary bike crew that the owner rides with. They’re known for raising money for charitable causes, so proceeds from this beer will go to City Union Mission, an organization helping the homeless in Kansas City find warm beds, nutritious food and safe environments.

3 Trails Brewing Co. — 111 N Main St., Independence, Missouri — just dropped their latest beer, Scheme. The beer is a wood-aged sour ale with prickly pear and lemon that comes in at 6.8% ABV. The prickly pear and lemon add an extra layer of depth and tartness to this already sour beer.

East Forty Brewing — 1201 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri — dropped the latest version of their rotating New England IPA series. Calling it their favorite version yet, Hop Bindle V8 showcases Nelson Sauvin and Citra hops. These hops lead to juicy, tropical flavors with citrusy white wine notes. It’s only 6.3% ABV so it’s quite easy to drink.

City Barrel — 1740 Holmes St., Kansas City, Missouri — is sporting two new beer releases this week. First up is the latest iteration of their rotating pilsner series, City Pils Wornall (5.1% ABV). This version is a French pils featuring malt from the Champagne region and Barbe Rouge hops from the Alsace region of France. On the hoppier side is their latest collaboration with Gomer’s liquor store. Dragon Ball G is a 7.9% ABV hazy IPA brewed with dragon fruit, pineapple, mango and milk sugars.

Alma Mader Brewery — 2635 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri — released On Loop, the big brother of Habit Loop. The beer is an 8% ABV New England DIPA. It uses Citra, Mosaic and Strata hops leading to flavors of tangerine, peach mimosa and honeydew. The combination of pilsner malt, wheat and oat give this beer a soft, pillowy mouthfeel.

KC Bier Co. — 310 W. 79th St., Kansas City, Missouri — has a new beer for those a little more conscious about calories and alcohol. The new Pils Light comes in at only 107 calories and 3.5% ABV. While it may be light on those two things, it certainly isn’t light on flavor. You can expect to get the same great quality taste you’ve come to love from KC Bier Co. 

Beer Events

Friday, May 20

KC Bier Co. — 310 W. 79th St., Kansas City, Missouri — is joining forces with radio station 105.1 The X to put on The Woody Show Happy Hour. Fans of the Woody Show can hang out with the crew for free from 4-7 p.m. As an added bonus, the first 50 people who tell the hostess they’re a fan of the show will receive two free beers and a food voucher. 

Border Brewing Co. — 512 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri — is hosting another edition of their Friday You’re The DJ series. The theme for this week is yacht rock. All you need to do is download the Rockbot App, request your favorite Yacht Rock through the app and listen to your selections while drinking your favorite Border beers. Not sure what yacht rock is? Examples of songs include “I Can’t Go For That” by Hall & Oates and “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes.

Saturday, May 21

Limitless Brewing — 9765 Widmer Road, Lenexa, Kansas — is bringing a popular southern tradition to the area. They’re hosting a Shrimp Boil at their brewery starting at 6 p.m. The event features all you can eat shrimp for $25 from Duke’s Place Food Truck. Pair that with some delicious Limitless beers and you’re in for a great Saturday night.

Servaes Brewing Co. — 10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — has a day of tropical beer releases planned for you. They’ll be hosting their Coconut Day beer releases event all day at their taproom. The four releases you’ll be able to snag are Distant Light (strawberry watermelon coconut gose), Rise Up-Coconut Mocha (sweet stout), JOCO Loco (creamy coconut margarita gose), and Sweet Decadence-Coconut (imperial sweet stout). They’ll also be featuring the Maximo’s Italian Ices & Eats Food Truck from 12-5 p.m.

Not Lost Brewing Co. — 229 S. Main St., Ottawa, Kansas — wants to test your knowledge about everything Dunder Mifflin. Along with Brothers Brew Trivia, they’ll be hosting The Office Trivia Night. Prizes will be awarded for the top three teams. 

Sunday, May 22

Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — is teaming up with several local vendors for another Sip & Shop Small Vendor Pop-Up event. From 1-5 p.m they’ll be featuring nine different vendors such as Loon and Limb Jewelry, Miller’s Gourmet Popcorn and Canine Cotton Co. Swing in to drink some delicious beers while doing a little shopping for yourself and supporting small, local vendors!

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.

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