Published November 7th, 2023 at 11:30 AM3 minute read
The first annual NKC Fall Fest is happening this Saturday, and more than a dozen local breweries will be there.
The family-friendly event running from noon until 5 p.m. offers a little something for everyone ranging from yard games to live music.
But the fest features 14 different local breweries serving up their fine beers. Of course, North Kansas City will be well represented by Big Rip, Cinder Block and Callsign breweries. You’ll also be able to get brews from area favorites such as Boulevard, BKS, Crane and more.
The festival will have four different bands starting at 12:30 p.m. Headliners The Phantastics will take the stage at 3:30 p.m.
When you’re not jamming out to the band on stage, there’s plenty of other fun to be had.
The fest offers yard games including cornhole, giant Jenga, badminton, giant pong and Kan Jam. There will be an area for kids to create arts and crafts projects. And there will be plenty of sidewalk chalk for kids to create their own masterpieces.
Tickets for the event are $5 in advance and $10 on Saturday. Admission is free for children 12 and under as well as veterans and active duty military (with a military ID). All of the proceeds will go to the RiverNorth District, a collective of North Kansas City businesses that help bring great events like this festival to the RiNo area.
Strange Days Brewing — 316 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri — is coming through with fall-inspired beers. The next beer in their Trafficway Wheat series is Scenic Trafficway. The 5.2% wheat beer utilizes classic pumpkin pie spices such as cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and clove. If you ask nicely Strange Days will even line the rim of your pint with some cinnamon sugar for an elevated fall drink experience.
Alma Mader Brewery — 2635 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri — has three releases this week including a new brew. Multimodal is a 6.3% New England-style IPA. The IPA uses a hop blend of Citra, Simcoe and Nelson Sauvin. The aromas are reminiscent of a West Coast IPA, but you’ll find this beer fits in perfectly with many of the modern hazy IPAs out there.
City Barrel — 1740 Holmes St., Kansas City, Missouri — officially launched a new holiday IPA aptly named Holiday Party. This year’s version features Simcoe, El Dorado, Centennial Incognito and Amarillo. Much like a Christmas tree, expect aromas of pine along with notes of citrus and sweet fruit. Be sure to pick some up for your next holiday party.
3Halves Brewing Co. — 110 E. Kansas St., Liberty, Missouri — knows that shorter, darker days call for darker beers. That’s why they released Malt and Oats. It’s a 5.5% medium bodied oatmeal stout. The nose is filled with roasty notes with a hint of coffee. The smooth, velvety mouthfeel has you wanting more and more of this complex stout.
Cinder Block Brewery — 110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — released a new brew this week called We Might Be Vampires. It’s a Czech dark lager that comes in at 5.8%. Despite its dark appearance, the light bodied beer has lots of roasty flavors while being satisfyingly smooth and easy drinking.
Sandhills Brewing — 5612 Johnson Drive, Mission, Kansas — just released a brand new double IPA. The new beer was aged in Blue Agave Spirit barrels courtesy of the local Mean Mule Distilling Co. After aging, it was dry-hopped with Motueka to give it lots of lemon-lime and citrus notes. It comes in at a hefty 8.7% and is available on draft or growler fills.
Diametric Brewing Co. — 949 N.E. Columbus, Lee’s Summit, Missouri — has a tasty and fun fall night planned for you. They’re throwing a Mallow-Dramatic S’mores pop-up. The event will feature three different varieties of s’mores with the possibility of some surprise combos. To coincide with the delicious treats, Diametric will be offering two s’mores themed beverages. You’ll be able to sip on their Mid-Morning S’more brown ale and a s’mores cocktail.
Servaes Brewing Co. — 10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — is throwing a party for their Jelly & Jam beer releases. They’ll be putting out four new beers that utilize different flavors of jellies and jams. In addition to the beers, there will be free samples of local jellies and jams while supplies last.
Transport Brewery — 11113 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — did their annual release of Pumpkin The Brakes. The limited edition beer is a pumpkin coffee stout. The 6.5% stout was brewed with pumpkin, coffee, vanilla and cinnamon. It’s bold and robust and will create an explosion of flavor for your taste buds. It’s only available on draft or crowlers to go so grab some before it disappears.
ExBEERiment — 925 E. Lincoln Lane, Gardner, Kansas — is changing ownership, but before they do they’re throwing one last bash. Stop by to see current owners, Greg and Misty, one more time before they turn over the reins. To celebrate, they’ll be serving up drink specials and treats all day from noon until 7 p.m.
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.