Published April 18th, 2023 at 11:30 AM
It must be spring. One of Kansas City’s most popular beer festivals, the Parkville Microbrew Fest, is returning for its 19th year Saturday, April 22.
The event takes place at Parkville’s English Landing Park along the Missouri River from 1-5 p.m. You can guarantee attendance by purchasing an advance ticket for $45, or you can test your luck and try to buy tickets at the gate for $55. Notably, the event sold out in 2021 and 2022 so you are taking a gamble by waiting. Attendees get a commemorative sampling glass with unlimited pours.
Parkville Brewfest will feature more than 75 different breweries and homebrew clubs. While a majority of the breweries are from either Kansas or Missouri, there are a smattering of breweries from outside the area that’ll be there such as Toppling Goliath and Surly. You can check out the current offerings via Parkville Brewfest’s Untappd menu.
The festival will feature live music from The Accidental Moguls, Pretty Fly and the Brendan McNaughton Band. While the food trucks have not yet been announced, you can rest assured that some of your favorites, or maybe your new favorite, will be there. There will also be an area where brewfest merch will be available for sale.
While tickets haven’t sold out yet, there’s a good chance they will based on the past couple of years. The event will take place rain or shine and all sales will be final.
Strange Days Brewing — 316 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri — has a new brew available in the taproom. Mango Lambo is a 5% ABV sour brewed with mango, lime and chili. It’s mildly acidic from the sour fermentation, but the mango and slight heat from the chili help give this beer a refreshing finish.
City Barrel — 1740 Holmes St., Kansas City, Missouri — released a new beer this past week called Hell Yeah. While known for its many IPAs, this new release is a Citra wheat ale. The 5.2% ABV ale is light and refreshing with flavors of orange zest and lemon. You’ll also get some light honey notes from the use of Citra hops in this take on a classic wheat ale.
Rockcreek Brewing Co. — 5880 Beverly Ave., Mission, Kansas — just put on a new West Coast IPA called Campground. This 8.5% ABV IPA was brewed with Citra Incognito and El Dorado hops. This duo leads to aromas of citrus and pine before opening up to more citrus flavors. It finishes bright and clean with some lingering resin notes.
Alma Mader Brewery — 2635 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri — celebrated its fourth anniversary with the release of a special beer. The brew dubbed 4 is a barrel-aged imperial stout with vanilla that comes in at a hefty 14.8% ABV. Sticking with the theme of four, Alma Mader blended four different stouts in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels for 18-24 months. It was then aged on four different vanillas: Madagascar, Tahitian, Ugandan and Comoros. Much like a decadent birthday cake, Four gives off big aromas and flavors of chocolate ganache, caramel cream and toasted marshmallow.
Pathlight Brewing — 11200 W. 75th St., Shawnee, Kansas — introduced its latest beer, Kansas Kush, in the taproom this week. While the name may suggest it, it’s important to know that cannabis was not used in this hazy IPA. The 6.5% ABV IPA uses Talus, Strata and Centennial hops. This combination leads the beer to have flavors of melon, passion fruit and pine resin.
Tall Trellis Brew Co. — 25600 W. Valley Pkwy., Olathe, Kansas — is rocking a brand new hazy IPA. Coming in at 6.2% ABV, Hasselhopp was named after Tall Trellis’ Wolf Harvester (the machine that picks the hops) at Kansas Hop Co. The IPA combines Cascade, Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado hops for a massive explosion of tropical fruit flavors. You’ll also get some nice citrus and passion fruit flavors to round it out.
Red Crow Brewing Co. — 1062 W. Santa Fe St., Olathe, Kansas — has a new limited-release beer on tap. Temple is a 5% ABV grapefruit radler that offers the perfect way to beat the heat. The best part is 10% of the proceeds from this release will be donated to Integrated Behavioral Technologies to aid in Autism research.
Boulevard Brewing Co. — 2501 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri — is teaming up with Nature’s Educators for an informative Earth Day event. The Birds & The Beers event will allow you to meet and learn about several different birds of prey. Boulevard will donate $3 from every pint sold of Tank 7 to Nature’s Educators to help purchase food for the animals. As an Earth Day bonus, you can receive a free succulent when you purchase a pint while supplies last.
Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — is back with their popular monthly yoga class, Sip ‘N Stretch. No experience is necessary for these hour-long classes meant to help you relax and invigorate your mind, body and soul. The class will be led by Teri Cartwright from Way of Life Yoga. You’ll receive one free beer after the class is complete.
East Forty Brewing — 1201 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri — will be filling up the Mill Room with a collection of unique vendors for their Save The Bees // Bee Green Market event. The event coincides with the release of East Forty’s spring seasonal Maybee, an IPA brewed with honey and lavender. You’ll be able to learn all about bees and their importance in nature while also shopping for sustainable products from nearly 20 different vendors.
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.