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Tap List | Missouri Ranks in Top 5 States For Beer Lovers Homer Simpson Would Be Proud

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A new study confirms what many already suspected — Missouri is a top-five state for beer lovers.

The study, completed by, relies on data from Beer Advocate, The Brewers Association and Make Beer Easy. The study averages beer ratings, breweries per capita and the average case cost per state.

Missouri has a long history of brewing. Though it may not be craft, Anheuser-Busch, established in St. Louis, was the catalyst for the state’s rich brewing culture long before the brewery was bought by Belgium-based InBev. Missouri’s brewing culture has grown significantly over the years and now features more than 80 different craft breweries statewide.

The rise in craft breweries also coincides with the type of product consumers seek. They want unique, high-quality local beers, which is at the core of craft brewing. Supporting “David” in a world of “Goliaths” feels more meaningful to many consumers. 

The Kansas City area now features more than 30 craft breweries just on the Missouri side. Whether you’re looking for a West Coast IPA or an authentic German beer, you’re guaranteed to find it at one of our many breweries. Now that patio season is upon us, be sure to celebrate Missouri’s top five ranking at one of your favorite breweries. 

For more details about the study, you can read the full article here.

Beer Releases

River Bluff Brewing — 201 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri — brewed one of its staples for the first time at their KC facility. The brewery just introduced Country Club, a 6% ABV malt liquor. If you’re familiar with Old Style, this beer has similar qualities. One of the big differences is the use of Motueka hops, which helps give it a bit more flavor than you find in Old Style.

Red Sash Brewing Co. — 406 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri — teamed up with the crew from Rizoma Liquid Creations for a new collaboration brew. They created Neomexicanus, a 5% ABV session IPA that features citrus and fruit flavors. Neomexicanus is a very easy drinker and perfect to enjoy on a patio during these warm, sunny days.

Boulevard Brewing Co. — 2501 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri — has released a new twist on an old favorite. Everyone in KC knows Tank 7. Now you can sip on Dank 7. While the beer uses the same house Belgian yeast as Tank 7, this brew is also amped up with seven different hops. It’s got the piney and resinous additions of Bravo, Chinook, Citra, Columbus, Mosaic, Simcoe and Topaz hops. Dank 7 comes in at 7% ABV and is available for a limited time only.

East Forty Brewing — 1201 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri — decided to release a new beer on National Beer Day. You can now enjoy Off Track, which is a 5.2% ABV black IPA. The roasted malts help provide a little bit of smokiness in this beer while the hops give it that quintessential bitterness.

The Proposal is a limited edition imperial stout aged in two different bourbon barrels.
The Proposal is a limited edition imperial stout aged in two different bourbon barrels. (Courtesy | 3 Trails Brewing Co.)

3 Trails Brewing Co. — 111 N. Main St., Independence, Missouri — just released the 2023 version of The Proposal. This is one big beer. It’s a double barrel-aged imperial stout with an ABV of 14.2%. The stout was first aged in Willet bourbon barrels for 14 months. From there it was transferred to BLiS maple syrup bourbon barrels to age for a little longer before being packaged. You’ll get big roasty flavors along with everything from vanilla to caramel to bourbon and more.

Limitless Brewing — 9500 Dice Lane, Lenexa, Kansas — has a new beer available on the lighter side that is perfect for spring. The brewery released 22, which is a cream ale. The beer was brewed with kiwi and strawberry giving it some light, fruity flavors. The ABV of 22 comes in at 5.6%.

ExBEERiment — 925 E. Lincoln Lane, Gardner, Kansas — partnered with local Gardner business Ash & Anvil Cigar Lounge to brew a new beer. The two came out with Ash & Anvil Altbier, a malty beer featuring biscuit and caramel flavors. The 6% ABV ale is available on draft and in crowlers.

Tall Trellis Brew Co. — 25600 W. Valley Pkwy., Olathe, Kansas — has released a new beer called Draft Day Drip. The new double IPA uses Cascade and Kanook hops from Kansas Hop Co. It was then dry-hopped with a massive amount of Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic and HBC 586. This 8.7% ABV IPA has big flavors of orange and mango with a subtle spice.

Beer Events

Friday, April 14

Cinder Block Brewery — 110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — is hosting a release party for a new collaboration beer with Vine Street Brewing. The two whipped up Heartstrings, which is a West Coast IPA. The beer was aged on toasted unfinished guitar bodies giving this IPA a unique twist. The breweries will donate 10% of the proceeds to Future Jazz, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate, expand and enrich the community for jazz. 

Saturday, April 15

Pint Path — North Kansas City, Missouri — is back for the spring version of their popular fall event. Like the event in the fall, Pint Path Spring will feature multiple bars, restaurants and breweries around North Kansas City. The Fun Ride bike event starts at 9:30 a.m. with the bar crawl kicking off at 11:30 a.m. The event will take place rain or shine with no refunds unless the event gets canceled.

Bar K — 501 Berkley Pkwy., Kansas City, Missouri — is hosting the Bar K Beer Fest. It’s the perfect event to take your pup to while you enjoy beer samples from over 15 local and national breweries. Attendees will receive a free tasting glass and swag bag. VIP tickets will receive additional benefits such as early admission, free appetizers, exclusive beer samples and more. 

Sunday, April 16

Fields & Ivy Brewery — 706 E. 23rd St., Lawrence, Kansas — has an afternoon of relaxing and creative fun planned for you. The brewery is hosting a Pottery Pub event where you can make your own pottery. Tickets start at $45 and go up to $60 depending on the type of pottery you choose. Also included in the fee is one free beer. You’ll learn how to glaze your pottery which will then be fired and returned to the brewery a week later for you to pick up.

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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