Published May 9th, 2023 at 11:30 AM
As breweries catch their breath after events like the NFL Draft, Cinco de Mayo, and the Kentucky Derby, here’s a roundup of updates in the local craft beer scene.
Bonner Springs-based Outfield Beer Co. is hosting a grand re-opening on Friday, May 19. In case you missed it, Outfield’s prior owners Beau and Angie Martin transferred ownership of the brewery to Aaron and Nathan Weiser earlier this year. The pair have been brewing old and new favorites ever since.
The grand re-opening event will begin at 4 p.m. and last through 7 p.m. You’ll have the opportunity to talk shop with the new owners while sampling some new beers. They’ll also be prize giveaways throughout the evening.
In other Kansas brewery news, Shawnee’s Transport Brewery scored a major victory for dogs (and their humans).
Through tenacious work, Transport was able to help clear the way for having dogs allowed in taprooms once again. In a nutshell, the old regulation stated that dogs were not allowed in areas of food production and despite beer being a liquid, it was lumped into the food category. After putting up a big fight, that has since changed and dogs have been allowed back into breweries as of late April.
Of course, just because the law says they’re allowed in doesn’t mean your favorite brewery allows dogs inside. Be sure to check with them before bringing your pooch along.
Last but not least, there are some exciting new menu announcements over at KC Bier Co. The expanded menu includes bierocks, vegan sauerkraut, Reubens and more. Old favorites such as pretzels and sausages remain.
Strange Days Brewing — 316 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri — has two new brews available this week. The first is a collaboration with North Kansas City’s Velo Garage and Tap House. The two created a low-cal session IPA called Party Pace. It comes in at 4.3% ABV and only 140 calories. Also available is Dramatic Fashion, a fruited wheat beer. It uses tangerine, guava, passion fruit and orange. It’s 5.6% ABV and chock full of tropical fruit flavors.
Rochester Brewing Co. — 2129 Washington St., Kansas City, Missouri — released a new beer that will pair perfectly with the various Sea Shanty Choir singalongs they host. The two brewed up Anchors Away which is a 7.6% ABV West Coast IPA. The beer has a resinous mouthfeel with hop bitterness throughout. You’ll also get lots of citrus aromas and flavors in this sea-faring brew.
Double Shift Brewing — 412 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri — brewed a new beer in honor of First Friday. Back Alley Black is a 6.2% ABV homage to the Back Alley Brass Band. The fruited lager was brewed with blackberry and black currant and is the perfect beverage for sipping while listening to the band.
Alma Mader Brewery — 2635 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri — has a new variant of their Settling In series available. This new version dubbed Settling In: Land of Mañana has a southwestern twist. This 8% ABV double chocolate milk stout was brewed with chilis, cinnamon and vanilla. The beer is silky smooth with flavors of vanilla, chocolate and cinnamon. The chilis help provide a bit of warmth to this decadent beer.
Free State Brewing Co. — 636 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, Kansas — put out a new hazy IPA called Bokeh Bokeh Boogie IPA. The beer is soft and approachable with an ABV of 6.1%. It utilizes Mosaic, Azacca and Cashmere hops. This blend leads to the beer having notes of watermelon, peach and orange marmalade.
Servaes Brewing Co. — 10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — released a new beer in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Their latest beer is Luchadora, a 5% ABV Mexican-style amber lager. The Medusa and Zappa hops give this light beer a nice crispness. The refreshing lager pairs perfectly with tacos and sunshine.
Transport Brewery — 11113 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — just released its first bottled beer ever. In grand fashion, this new release honors the coronation of King Charles. Charles Charlie Charles is a big 12% ABV English barleywine. It’s got notes of oak, dark fruit and toffee. Whether you choose to drink it straight away or cellar it for a few years, this commemorative brew is a special one for many reasons.
Transport Brewery — 11113 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — is honoring teachers in a big way. The brewery is hosting a Teacher & School Personnel Appreciation night. Teachers and school personnel who show their school system ID will receive 50% off all beers. After a long school year, this is the perfect way to unwind and get ready for a summer off.
Alma Mader Brewery — 2635 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri — welcomes back Westport Café for an oyster pop-up. You’ll be able to pre-order oysters in quantities of three, six or 12. The oysters will be flown in fresh from the Pacific Northwest with varieties dependent on availability. You can swing into the taproom any time between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. to enjoy your order with a fresh beer. There will be a very limited quantity of oysters available that aren’t on pre-order but you’ll probably want to get there early to ensure they don’t sell out.
East Forty Brewing — 1201 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri — has a fun Mother’s Day event on tap. The brewery has partnered with Big Mouth Baking for a Mother’s Day cookie decorating class. One ticket will get you six cookies plus a beer. Icing, sprinkles and a box to store your cookies in will be provided by the event hosts. With seating being limited it’s encouraged that you buy a ticket in advance.
Red Crow Brewing — 1062 W. Santa Fe St., Olathe, Kansas — is throwing a special bash for all the mom’s out there. You can kick the day off with a fun round of bingo taking place from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. While you’re playing, enjoy a special flight of mimosas. You’ll get five different five-ounce pours with the ability to order full versions if you find one you really like. There will also be plated meals available from The Casual Foodie. They’re going off the menu and have some delicious specials planned.
Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — wants to help you with that last-minute gift you need for your mom. They’re hosting a Sip & Shop Small Vendor Pop-Up from 1-5 p.m. There will be 12 different vendors at the event featuring items ranging from soaps to jewelry to games and everything in between. Instead of freaking out that you haven’t gotten a gift yet, head on over to Crane to get yourself a cold beer and do a little shopping for the mom in your life.
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.