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Tap List | Spring Means New Beginnings for Border Brewing Co. Hops Rising

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Above image credit: Border Brewing is marking its last week before moving down the street to larger facilities. (Pete Dulin I Flatland)
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It’s been more than a year since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it feels like we need a new beginning, a fresh start, some greener (bluer) grass.

With vaccines rolling out all over the United States, case numbers dropping and businesses carefully easing restrictions, there is light at the end of the tunnel. And at what exactly is at the end of that tunnel? Well, beer obviously!

One brewery in the Crossroads Arts District is preparing for its own new beginning. From today through Tuesday, March 30, Border Brewing Co. is celebrating its last week at 406 E. 18th St. in Kansas City. But don’t fret, folks. Border isn’t disappearing! The brewery is moving right down the street to a more spacious location at 512 E. 18th St. 

“I’m excited about this next step,” owner Eric Martens notes. “We’ll be expanding our operation while staying in the Crossroads Arts District in the heart of all of the breweries, distilleries and wineries that are here.” 

A new facility means more than just expanding operations, according to Martens. Border Brewing Co. hopes to begin new, exciting projects in an effort to capitalize on the new, larger space.

Beer Releases

Pathlight Brewing — 11200 W. 75th St., Shawnee, Kansas — has released Paddock, a pale ale clocking in at 5.5% ABV. Pathlight calls this beer “a nod to more traditional English style ale with a hazy twist.” It’s made with Comet hops from Kansas Hop Co.

Rochester Brewing and Roasting Co.2129 Washington St., Kansas City, Missouri — dropped two beers recently. Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cream Ale clocks in at 8.5% ABV and boasts of fruity bourbon goodness. DDH Hazy IPA VI (6.9% ABV) is part of their NEIPA series, and is brewed with Simcoe, Idaho 7, and Galaxy hops.

It’s not exactly my job to recommend television shows, but if you haven’t already, you absolutely must watch “Letterkenny.” Why? Because only then will you truly understand the significance of 3Halves Brewing Co.’s — 110 E. Kansas St., Liberty, Missouri — Bonnie McMurray, an Irish ale clocking in at a crushable 5.5% ABV. Drop everything you’re doing and watch the show now.

KC Bier Co.310 W 79th St., Kansas City, Missouri — recently released Kellerbier, which is the first of an upcoming series of beer releases. Kellerbier (5% ABV, 26 IBU) is an unprocessed Franconian-style lager, that has its roots in Bavaria! This beer has a malty toasty flavor and is available in six-packs and on draft!

Lightning strikes at Wind Shift Brewing — 3421B N.W. Jefferson St., Blue Springs, Missouri. Ground Strike is an imperial IPA made with hops from Kansas Hop Co. and clocks in at 10% ABV (90 IBU).

Crane Brewing Co.6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — recently released The Time Is Always Right, a Cold IPA (6% ABV) made with lager yeast, rice, malt and a variety of hops, including Cascade, Cashmere, Mosaic, and Amarillo.

Sandhills Brewing — 5612 Johnson Drive, Mission, Kansas — dropped Aviary #5, a new release in their experimental IPA series. This delicious IPA is a double dry-hopped galaxy double IPA and boasts of tropical juiciness.

Beer Events

Wednesday, March 24

Do you love science and beer? Well, you’re in luck. Free State Brewery — 636 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, Kansas — is hosting Science on Tap this Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. What’s on the agenda? Monarch butterflies! Register online to attend! If you order from Free State 4 – 6 p.m., you may get a free shirt!

Thursday, March 25

Adam Stuber will be playing an acoustic solo show at Apex Aleworks — 4356 S. Noland Road, Independence, Missouri — this Thursday 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Happy hour starts at 5:30 p.m. and Apex will be serving up pizzas and paninis! 

Crane Brewing Co.6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — is spearheading an educational presentation on workplace harassment this Thursday with panelists from all over the Kansas City area starting at 7 p.m. Hear from industry professionals in the local beer scene. The event is online.

Friday, March 26

Cheese and beer go together like, well, beer and cheese! Torn Label Brewing Co. — 1708 Campbell St., Kansas City, Missouri — is hosting a virtual beer and cheese pairing on Thursday starting at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom! Four Torn Label beers will be paired with cheeses from Green Dirt Farm! Contact Green Dirt Farm for more details!

Apex Aleworks — 4356 S. Noland Road, Independence, Missouri — is hosting live stand-up comedy this Friday 7 – 8:30 p.m. Layton Flatt will be headlining and the pre-show happy hour starts at 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 27

Buddha Belly Chef will be posted up at Cinder Block Brewery — 110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri —this Saturday 12 – 3 p.m. Grab some smoked Thai basil wings, smoked bulgogi wings, smash burger sliders with brisket, chipotle aioli, and caramelized onions. Don’t forget a side of delicious Cinder Block beer.

The Ampersand Vinyl will be slinging more than 800 vinyl records at Servaes Brewing Co.10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — this Saturday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Snag a beer as you browse their extensive vinyl collection, all while socially distanced of course!

Sunday, March 28

Limitless Brewing — 9765 Widmer Road, Lenexa, Kansas — is hosting live music this Sunday 3 – 5 p.m. featuring the smooth sounds of Jayson Kayne. Live music and beer. What’s not to love?


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