Published December 20th, 2022 at 11:30 AM
In a recent bittersweet announcement on social media, Mission’s Sandhills Brewing bid farewell to one of their brewers, Robb Mann. Mann was instrumental in helping brew hundreds of batches as well as working the bar and doing various projects around the brewhouse.
But it’s not all sad news.
Mann is leaving Sandhills to open his own brewery. He’ll be running the new Boho Brewing, located in Parkville. Originally slated to open in the fall of 2022, the brewery dealt with inevitable construction delays. While there’s no definitive opening date just yet, they were in the process of hiring bartenders a few weeks ago, which is a tell-tale sign of opening sooner rather than later.
Short for Bohemian, Boho will put an emphasis on Czech lagers, hazy IPAs and pale ales, West Coast IPAs and pale ales, and German-style beers. Based on how delicious the beers are at Sandhills, expectations are high for Boho. Be sure to follow their social media pages for updated information on their grand opening.
Sadly, with the opening of a new brewery comes the closing of another.
Lenexa’s Lost Evenings Brewing Co. posted on its social media that Friday Dec. 23 will be its last day in business. The brewery, which opened in June 2020, did not cite any specific reasons for the closure. The brewery will be open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for anyone who’d like to visit one more time.
While the brewery is out of cans and growlers, customers can refill a growler they already own. It’s always sad to see a brewery close, but we wish them all the best in their next endeavors.
Pathlight Brewing — 11200 W. 75th St., Shawnee, Kansas — partnered with the Johnson County Brewing Society to brew a new Belgian dark strong ale named JoCo High Society. Members of the brewing society submitted their beers for the chance to win a scaled up version brewed by Pathlight. The chosen recipe is subtly sweet with some spicy and dark fruit characteristics. At 9.2% ABV it’ll warm you up with each sip.
Transport Brewery — 11113 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — released its holiday seasonal Liquid Sweater, a winter warmer. The beer was made with quintessential holiday spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and blackstrap molasses. This medium bodied 7.7% ABV ale has moderate maltiness and a clean but bold finish.
East Forty Brewing — 1201 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri — just released a new beer that’s exclusively on tap. It’s the 6.8% ABV White Christmas stout that’s being poured via their nitro line. Brewed with lactose, coffee, cocoa nibs, cinnamon, clove, allspice and orange peel, this beer has all the Christmas flavors. The nitro pour helps give the beer a smooth and creamy body.
City Barrel — 1740 Holmes St., Kansas City, Missouri — has released yet another stout, though this new beer is not part of the big stout week they just had. Moose Trax is a 6.3% ABV milk stout. It was brewed with vanilla, peanut butter cups, cocoa nibs and lactose. This beer will make you feel like you’re drinking a liquified peanut butter cup to help satisfy your sweet tooth.
Double Shift Brewing — 412 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri — is getting festive with its latest holiday release, Drewid Rituals. This Irish red ale comes in at 6.5% ABV and has flavors of citrus and marmalade with plenty of maltiness. You’ll also get balanced bitterness before the beer finishes with the classic qualities you get from an Irish ale yeast.
Alma Mader Brewery — 2635 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri — introduced a new beer to their ever-growing (and popular) lager lineup. They named the newest one Yesterday. It’s a Czech-style amber lager and comes in at a mellow 4.8% ABV. It exclusively uses Bohemian malt and Czech hops. It’s biscuity, bready and has notes of toffee. Yesterday is an incredibly drinkable nod to the European beers of yore.
KC Bier Co — 310 W. 79th St., Kansas City, Missouri — has another new beer to add to its limited winter offerings. The newest beer is Weizenbock Dunkel, a 7.5% ABV dark doppelbock wheat ale. Weizenbock Dunkel is chock full of rich chocolate and caramel malt flavors with accompanying notes of banana.
Diametric Brewing Co. — 949 N.E. Columbus, Lee’s Summit, Missouri — has quite the festive event planned in its taproom with the 25 Beers of Christmas. Over the course of five hours, Diametric will release 25 different beers. To ensure the experience is even more delicious, they’ll be running some menu specials from their kitchen.
City Barrel — 1740 Holmes St., Kansas City, Missouri — will be open from noon-10 p.m. running an all day Ugly Sweater Party. Everyone who wears an ugly sweater will receive one small pour for free as well as a raffle ticket. The raffle ticket drawing winner will receive a $100 City Barrel gift card.
Servaes Brewing Co. — 10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — is coming in clutch for those last minute holiday shoppers. They’ll be hosting one last Holiday Pop-Up Shop. This particular event will feature shopping from Apparel to Dye For, Kitty’s Crystals and more from 5-8 p.m. Servaes will still be running their food drive with donations getting you 10% off your tab.
Big Rip Brewing Co. — 216 E. 9th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — will be opening up its doors for the annual Christmas Eve beer release. This year will feature the release of three beers. Customers will see the return of popular beers Twins Cherry Cheesecake Ale (a cream ale) and Bumble’s Blizzard (a New England IPA). They’ll also debut a new beer, Twins Lemon Cheesecake Ale. You can pair your cheesecake beers with mini cheesecakes that’ll be on sale. Add a scoop of lemon or cherry topping to really enhance the pairing!
ExBEERiment — 925 E. Lincoln Lane, Gardner, Kansas — will be open on Christmas Eve and doing all the festive things. While supplies last, the brewery will be doing Christmas treats and beer pairing. Starting at 7 p.m. you can participate in a singular round of a Christmas music bingo game and sing along. Once that ends, the fun continues with the judging of their ugly sweater contest that’ll take place at 8 p.m.
City Barrel — 1740 Holmes St., Kansas City, Missouri — wanted to keep the fun of the holidays alive with one last event before Christmas. They’ll be open at noon and hosting a PJ party. Those you come in for a beer in their PJs will receive a free small pour of beer or soft drink of their choice. PJ wearers will have the opportunity to win City Barrel gift cards. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed individual, most unique individual and best dressed group.
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.