Published June 13th, 2023 at 11:30 AM4 minute read
Range 23 Brewing has been a fairly low-profile enterprise situated on a farm just north of Bonner Springs.
When it opened in 2020, Range 23 was considered the smallest brewery in Kansas with a facility that was just 300 square feet in size. Not only that, the brewery operated strictly as a production facility offering only packaged beers to go. While you could sample the beers before purchase, there’s no true taproom.
But things are changing. Not only has Range 23 expanded the original brewhouse on the farm, the brewery has secured a space at 200 Oak St. in downtown Bonner Springs for an official taproom. The new taproom is about 15 minutes away from the production facility, which will remain open for takeaway options.
The new taproom will feature all of Range 23’s beers on draft for on-site consumption but also be available to go in either growlers or cans. They’ll also continue offering craft sodas for those looking for a non-alcoholic option.
The one thing their new taproom doesn’t have is a kitchen. Range 23 will be selling various snacks to help curb those hunger pangs. The current timeline to open the new taproom is mid-August of this year.
Congratulations to Range 23 on the continued growth and expansion. We can’t wait to visit the new taproom!
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Double Shift Brewing — 412 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri — tapped a fresh beer this past Friday. New to their lineup is Master Oogway. It’s a 6.4% ABV rice lager brewed with lemongrass and Oolong tea. The lager was hopped with Sorachi Ace and Aurora. The combination of these ingredients leads the beer to have bright citrus and floral notes en route to a crisp, clean finish.
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Apex Aleworks — 4356 S. Noland Road, Independence, Missouri — brewed and released the latest in the single hop series, Hop Solo. This particular version is an 8% ABV double IPA that focuses on the Mosaic hop. The Mosaic hop is known for imparting flavors of berries, mango, guava and papaya. You’ll get lots of those tropical flavors before a clean finish.
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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.