Published May 22nd, 2018 at 6:00 AM
Pizza and beer is back at Mission Farms. Martin City Mission Farms (4000 Indian Creek Parkway, Overland Park, Kansas) opens Wednesday, May 23, in the former Pizzabella space.
“We made it work in the corner of the universe in Martin City, and we hope we can make it work here,” co-owner Matt Moore said.
Martin City Brewing Company’s first pub opened at 500 E. 135th St. in 2011. MCBC’s Pizza & Taproom, where the brewhouse is located, is just down the street and was added in 2014. The newest location has been in the works since December of last year, which is when general manager and partner Trevor Ashby sent a text to Moore that the Mission Farms location was available. Moore thought the pizza and tap concept would be a good fit for the mixed-use development. Ashby is an industry veteran who has worked at Grunauer and Gram & Dun.
Moore describes the look of Martin City Mission Farms as “rustic-industrial.” Warm brown woods are lit by ornate metal light fixtures created by Moore’s brother-in-law Ryan Lamfers, a metalworking artist out of Georgia. Black and white photos of the brewhouse in Martin City line the walls.
The menu at Mission Farms, overseen by chef Brandon Moore (no relation), will be familiar to those who have been to the taproom. At Mission Farms, they’ll serve stone-fired pizza, Bavarian pretzels, salads and sandwiches. A new addition is Sunday brunch, which includes biscuits and gravy, prime rib and a bloody mary bar.
The pizza oven is twice as big as the one in Martin City. Moore’s go-to pie is the Espana (chorizo, red onions, cherry peppers, tomatoes and manchego cheese).
“The Espana is the best. It’s got sweet sauce, but burn from the peppers,” Moore said. “It’s some meat and some veg; you’re hitting all the food groups.
The Chicken Spanakopita — the top seller in Martin City — is a white pie with chicken, garlic, artichoke hearts, spinach, feta, parmesan and a garlic-Alfredo sauce. For those with a gluten-free diet, gluten-free crust is available, as is Martin City’s Yoga Pants, a gluten-free beer.
Martin City will have a full bar with wine, cocktails and 16 beers on tap. That list currently includes its Belgian Rye Blonde, Yella Agate, a New England-style IPA and Fullfister IPA.
Moore noted that you can expect plenty of small-batch and limited releases, which will only be available in Mission Farms and Martin City. The brewery has a host of beers in the works, including Old Glory Pilsner. The beer, formerly known as Boss Battle, should be out just before the Fourth of July.
Martin City Mission Farms will open daily at 11 a.m. The kitchen will shut down at 10 p.m. on weekdays and likely 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, but the bar will probably remain open longer. Martin City Mission Farms has a license to serve until 2 a.m.
Rare Pair | Martin City’s Big Brother & Heirloom Bakery’s Go Big Cookie
Martin City’s Big Brother Imperial Stout is a big, bourbon-barrel-aged brew that needs a strong cookie in its life. The Go Big Cookie from Heirloom Bakery is a mash-up of peanut butter, chocolate chips and M&M’s (think Monster cookie from your childhood). The beer gets a warm, almost caramel ribbon from the cookie pairing, while the cookie’s peanut butter sings with each sip of Big Brother.
Fest Up | Get Ripped
The Big Rip Brewing Company (216 E. Ninth Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri) is turning five years old, and it’s throwing the Get Ripped! Brew Fest on Saturday, June 2, to celebrate. The party runs from noon to 4 p.m. with a host of local breweries and distilleries participating (Apex Aleworks and SD Strong Distilling, among them). Hawg Jaw BBQ will be on site, and Big Rip will be holding a wiener dog race. Tickets are $30 and include a pint glass. The festival is also a benefit for Miles of Smiles.
23rd Street Brewery (3512 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, Kansas) has its watermelon wheat on tap. Go ahead and meet summer in a glass.
Strange Days Brewing Company (316 Oak St.) has Eureka! Episodes Pale Ale on tap again.
Miami Creek Brewing Company will be closed this weekend, but it’s got a pair of new drinks in the works. Brewer and owner Will Reece is working on a test apple cider and the Wild Scotsman, a “Scotch ale fermented with rosemary and wild oak.”