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Tap List | Sandhills Brewing Co. Celebrates Third Anniversary

Five Days of Events This Week

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Above image credit: Sandhills Brewing Co. in Mission, Kansas. (Courtesy | Sandhills Brewing Co.)

Nestled in a small strip mall along the main drag of Johnson Drive in Mission, Kansas, is Sandhills Brewing Co. This week the brewery will celebrate its third birthday.

To mark the occasion they’ll be doing a slew of special tappings and events from Wednesday, April 27, through Sunday, May 1. Emily Hink, taproom manager and marketing coordinator, was nice enough to share several details of these releases and events.

Sandhills will be releasing five different draft-only beers throughout the week. While the order wasn’t specified, you can look for the following:

  • Red Tail with Grapes, a Flanders red ale brewed with Crimson Cabernet Pomice from Overland Park’s Aubrey Vineyards.
  • Anniversary IPL, an India pale lager hopped with Southern Passion and Saaz.
  • Three collaboration beers brewed with their friends from City Barrel, Pathlight and fellow Mission brewery Rockcreek. These will be released Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The weekend will bring about the arrival of food trucks and vendors.

Friday night will feature the Devoured Pizza food truck. A cross between BBQ and Korean, food truck Smoke ’n’ Seoul will be at the brewery on Saturday night. Tagging along on Saturday will be a special pop-up from Mission’s own Chacko, the beloved bakery that closed but was revived by Chef Rachel Finn. Fox and Bull who’ll be at the brewery starting at noon on Sunday. If you need your sweet fix, Sugarfold will be at the brewery selling their macarons starting at noon.

In case that’s not enough for you, Sandhills will be doing a weeklong promo. Each day they’ll be giving out a unique bird sticker featuring a design from one of their cans. If you collect all five stickers you’ll receive a gift card as their anniversary gift to you. Be sure to get there early each day as stickers are limited to the first 50 customers.

Beer Releases

Pathlight Brewing — 11200 W. 75th St., Shawnee, Kansas — has a new Thai-inspired beer available. Kha Point is a 5.3% ABV toasted rice lager that uses a bevy of Thai ingredients. They added puffed jasmine rice to the grain bill and then infused the brew with Thai basil, lemongrass, and galangal. The result is a complex yet refreshing lager with notes of lemon, ginger and a slight hint of coconut.

Not Lost Brewing Co. — 229 S. Main St., Ottawa, Kansas — just released a brand new can-only beer. Kiwi Sour is a kettle sour that was fermented on pureed kiwi. The beer is lightly tart and has a nice tropical finish from the added kiwi. It comes in at 5.3% ABV and 7 IBUs. While it’s a can only release right now, it will eventually be available on tap.

Apex Aleworks — 4356 S. Noland Road, Independence, Missouri — is rocking a brand new sour red ale in their taproom. While the name of the beer, Pickle Brick, may lead you to believe the beer was brewed with pickles it most certainly was not. The beer is a 5.6% ABV Flanders oud bruin (old brown). The beer exhibits many of the quintessential oud bruin characteristics with flavors ranging from dark fruit to fig/raisin.

East Forty Brewing — 1201 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri — released a small batch beer that’s only available for a limited time. Coconut Blonde Ale may be light in color, but it’s big in flavor. The beer was brewed with coconut and vanilla making this 5.5% ABV ale easy to crush.

The latest hazy IPA from Grains and Taps, Venn Hologram.
The latest hazy IPA from Grains and Taps, Venn Hologram. (Courtesy | Grains & Taps)

Grains & Taps — 10 S.W. 3rd St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri — recently released a brand new hazy IPA called Venn Hologram. This beer was aggressively hopped using five different hops: Amarillo, Bru-1, Citra, El Dorado, and Sabro. The combo of these hops adds flavors of grapefruit and melon to this 7% ABV IPA.

Cinder Block Brewery — 110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — has a delicious sounding new beer available at their taproom. Juicy Pilsner is a very crushable West Coast style pilsner that clocks in at an easy 5% ABV. Clean and crisp, the beer was dry-hopped with HBC 586, Mosaic and Bravo hops giving it aromas of guava, citrus and pine.

City Barrel — 1740 Holmes St., Kansas City, Missouri — is celebrating the return of the nice weather the only way they know how — with jorts! They just released their latest DDH hazy IPA, Jorts Weather. The beer is 6.8% ABV and was hopped with Sabro and Citra Incognito in the kettle followed by a dry hop addition of Green Ghost, Centennial, Strata, Mosaic Lupomax and Idaho 7 Lupomax.

Beer Events

Thursday, April 28

Stockyards Brewing Co. — 1600 Genessee St., Ste. 100, Kansas City, Missouri — is helping you tap into your creative side with their Pottery Pub event. You’ll get to choose your own piece of pottery, receive glazing material and get a brief demo on brushing your piece. To sweeten the deal each ticket comes with a complimentary beer.

Brew Bash — 5901 W. 135th St., Overland Park, Kansas — is making its way down south to the Chicken N Pickle in Overland Park. Brew Bash is a local beer tasting event that benefits the Museum at PrairieFire. Each ticket comes with a souvenir glass, steak tacos, six small pours of beer and one full pour of beer. Participating breweries include Limitless, Martin City, Boulevard, Cinder Block, KC Bier Co., and City Barrel. Tickets can be purchased here.

Friday, April 29

Cinder Block Brewery — 110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — has a fun Friday night planned with a pop-up event featuring Fitzwater Leatherworks, which will be on hand selling custom made leather Cinder Block koozies. They’ll also be featuring live music from Patrick Woolam on their patio starting at 5 p.m. If that’s not enough, Bay Boy will be selling their famous Dutch Crunch sandwiches from 5-8 p.m.

Free State Brewing Co. — 636 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, Kansas — is hosting an event titled Trails That Connect Us in partnership with Friends of Lawrence Area Trails. The event will feature multiple local organizations and help educate locals on the various trails and outdoor activities in and around the Lawrence area. Sunflower Outdoor & Bike will also be in house to help give demos and maintenance tips.

Saturday, April 30

Parkville Microbrew Fest — 8701 McAfee St., Parkville, Missouri — is back in action. As always, this year’s festival will take place at English Landing Park in Parkville running from 1-5 p.m. Tickets to the festival include a commemorative glass, live music and unlimited beer samples. The festival will feature over 60 breweries plus beer from several local homebrew clubs. The event is outside and takes place rain or shine. Tickets can be purchased here.

Utepils — 8750 Penrose Lane, Lenexa, Kansas — is a Norwegian word that translates to “outdoor lagers.” This mini beer fest being hosted at Lenexa Public Market is meant to mark the return of spring and warmer weather. The event will feature live music, food, outdoor games and more. Local breweries that will be present include Limitless, Lost Evenings, Brew Lab, Sandhills and Transport.

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.

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