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Tap List | New Breweries Officially Open Doors New Brews in the River Market and Olathe

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Above image credit: Draft towers are ready to pour beer at the new Tall Trellis Brew Co. in Olathe, Kansas. (Courtesy | Tall Trellis Brew Co.)
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March has started off with a bang. The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer and two new local breweries have opened their doors. As of this month, River Bluff Brewing and Tall Trellis Brew Co. are up and running and open to the public.

River Bluff officially opened in early March. Their new brewery, located at 201 Main St. in the River Market area of Kansas City, is their second location. Their original brewhouse is located in St. Joseph. The new taproom has plenty of space complete with pinball machines and a small covered patio.

In terms of beer, the River Bluff will feature a mix of old favorites and beers brewed specifically at the new Kansas City location. Locally brewed beers include Market Milk Stout, Gulpfulls Hazy IPA, and Townley Blonde Ale.

The brewery is open from 3-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sunday.

Tall Trellis officially opened Olathe, Kansas, on March 16. The unique thing about Tall Trellis is that it’s essentially four businesses wrapped into one. While being their own nanobrewery, they’re also a craft beer taproom featuring beers from other breweries, a coffee shop and a hop yard.

Outside of their own beers, the brewery is mainly focused on supporting other local brewers. Their plan is to bring in local beers, local coffee and local food. They’ve already featured coffee from companies such as Thou Mayest and beers from spots like Stockyards, Fields & Ivy and Sandhills. Since they don’t have their own kitchen, they’ve been working with lots of local food trucks.

More delicious beer in the KC area is always a good thing. Congrats to both of these breweries on their opening and we can’t wait to stop in soon!

Beer Releases

Callsign Brewing — 1340 Burlington St., North Kansas City, Missouri — has a new dark beer available at their tap room. Snake Eyes Stout is a delicious oatmeal stout that clocks in at 6.8% ABV. This beer is specifically poured via nitro, giving it a rich body with slightly roasty flavors with a bit of vanilla bean and chocolate.

3Halves Brewing Co. — 110 E. Kansas St., Liberty, Missouri — released Liz’s Irish Red just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. This beer is everything you’d expect. It pours a reddish mahogany color with flavor characteristics of biscuit, toffee and caramel. The beer comes in at 5.6% ABV and 25 IBUs.

KC Bier Co. — 310 W. 79th St., Kansas City, Missouri — is adding a new beer to its limited release series. Dortmunder is a 6% ABV golden export lager. If you’re unfamiliar, think of it as a slightly more alcoholic version of a German pilsner or helles. The malt plays a big role in the body of this beer as the hop character is a bit more subdued. It finishes slightly dry, making for a very refreshing patio beer.

KC Bier Co.’s limited release Dortmunder.
KC Bier Co.’s limited release Dortmunder. (Courtesy | KC Bier Co.)

Torn Label Brewing Co. — 1708 Campbell St., Kansas City, Missouri — tapped a new beer in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Shepherd’s Check (5% ABV) is a dry stout that pours a deep mahogany. The dark malts lead to flavors of smoked vanilla and toasted coconut. Not only is it available via regular draft, but also on cask, which makes this beer feel even silkier as you drink it.

City Barrel — 1740 Holmes St., Kansas City, Missouri — just put out their latest beer. Crushing Pedals is a 5.1% ABV Irish red lager. This beer uses Maris Otter, Cara Red and Caramel malts, leading to a deep red hue upon pouring. The flavor profile is clean and crisp and perfect to crush after peddling your bike around town.

Red Sash Brewing Co. — 406 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri — brewed and released a nice, light beer ahead of the warm spring weather. Recondo is a helles lager that comes in at a light 4.6% ABV. It strictly uses German malts and was lagered for a month before making its debut. Recondo is a very clean, crisp beer and the low ABV will allow you to crush quite a few without making you tipsy.

Strange Days Brewing Co. — 316 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri — went big with their newest beer. Dubbed Sneezing Green, this 6.8% ABV double dry hopped hazy IPA uses the most hops Strange Days has ever used in a beer. The combo of Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy and Cryo Pop hops give way to strong notes of mango, peach and papaya.

Beer Events

Friday, March 25

Border Brewing Co. — 512 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri — is throwing another one of their You’re The DJ events at their brewery. This week’s theme is 1990s hip hop. That’s right, this week will feature some of the greatest and most influential hip hop artists. Think names like Snoop Dog, Dr. Dre, Tupac and more.

Saturday, March 26

Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — is partnering with Miller’s Gourmet Popcorn for a Popcorn & Beer Pairing event. The event is ticketed with the $20 price tag, netting you five 4-ounce pours plus five half cups of popcorn, one to pair with each beer. If you find a popcorn flavor you really enjoy, Miller’s will be on hand selling extra bags.

Red Crow Brewing Co. — 1062 W. Santa Fe St., Olathe, Kansas — is letting their assistant brewer have some fun with firkins. Drew’s Firkin Saturday’s are a monthly event that allows him to get wild with beer creations. This month’s firkin will be a Banana Foster Quad. This Belgian quad has flavors of vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon and just a hint of banana. Only 10 gallons of the beer will be available so be sure to get down and try it before it’s gone.

Sunday, March 27

Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — is hosting another round of their Sip & Stretch Beer Yoga classes. Led by Teri Cartwright of Way of Life Yoga, this hourlong class will kick your Sunday off in a relaxing way. No experience is needed for the class and it is requested that you bring your own mat. The $15 ticket not only gets you access to the class, but one free beer afterwards.

East Crossroads Putt Putt Crawl — East Crossroads, Kansas City, Missouri — is back again for its second year. Taking place all over the East Crossroads, there will be 10 total stops with a unique putt putt hole at each one. The event takes place at several breweries including but not limited to City Barrel, Torn Label, Brewery Emperial and Border. The event will award prizes for the best individual costume, best team costume and most creative putter.

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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