Published July 14th, 2020 at 2:00 PM
Beer has the power to bring people together.
Whether it’s a family cookout, a neighborhood block party, or your kid brother’s wedding, there is no denying the gravitational force between the beer in my hand and the beer in your hand. Beer prompts conversation, understanding, a childhood story, a congratulatory arm around the shoulder, a human connection.
In some cases, the shortest distance between two people is great beer. And one local brewery is putting that concept to work when it comes to addressing social justice.
Double Shift Brewing Co. — 412 E 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri — is participating in the Black is Beautiful Initiative, and recently announced a partnership with the Urban League of Greater Kansas City.
The initiative, first introduced by the Weathered Souls Brewing Company in San Antonio, Texas, is dedicated to raising awareness of racial injustice and police brutality. Weathered Souls Brewing Company provides a base recipe for brewers, local breweries across the United States put their spin on the beer and, then, 100% of the proceeds go to local organizations dedicated to addressing racial injustice.
In donating to Urban League of Greater Kansas City, Double Shift Brewing Co. is supporting efforts to help bring about economic relief, civil parity and justice for the Black community.
Pathlight Brewing — 11200 W. 75th St., Shawnee, Kansas— has released B-61, a hazy IPA brewed with Citra hops and packed with citrus flavor clocking in at around 6% ABV.
Solar Tsunami, a New England IPA brewed with Cascade, Citra and El Dorado hops, is back on tap at Wind Shift Brewing — 3421B N.W. Jefferson St., Blue Springs, Missouri.
Head to Grains and Taps Brewing — 10 S.W. 3rd St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri — for one of their four milkshape IPAs. Select from Strawberry Raspberry Lime Milkshake IPA (6.5% ABV), Pineapple a Mango Milkshake IPA (6.3% ABV), Imperial Cherry Milkshake IPA (8.3% ABV), and Key Lime Milkshake IPA (7.% ABV).
Calibration Brewery — 119 Armour Road, North Kansas City , Missouri— is releasing Whole Lotta Love, a grapefruit IPA clocking in at 6.7% ABV. Head over and snag a glass of this delicious brew July 29.
Cinder Block Brewery — 110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — has released Happy Hop Cuddle (6% ABV, 42 IBU), a hazy IPA loaded with juicy flavors, now available in draught pours and four-packs.
If you want to mix things up and venture beyond an IPA, City Barrel Brewing Co. — 1740 Holmes St., Kansas City, Missouri — has declared a double draught beer release that is sure to hit a sweet spot. Try Summer Crush (5.7% ABV), an Amarillo dry-hopped kolsch, or Forgone Conclusion, a sour beer aged in Sigin Moreau white wine barrels, and then treated with black currant and hibiscus flowers.
Strange Days Brewing — 316 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri — has released Summer Vibes, a Belgian wit clocking in at 5.3% ABV with notes of clove and fruit. Grab a four-pack to-go.
Are you itching to go back to school? No, you say? Well, what about beer school? This Wednesday from 6 – 8 p.m. Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — will be hosting a beer class featuring the owner of Crane Brewing Co., Michael Crane. Do not miss this opportunity to learn about, and try, some delicious sour beer offerings. It’s first-come first-served, and social distancing will be enforced.
Lost Evenings Brewing Co. — 8625 Hauser Court, Lenexa, Kansas — is hosting a beer release this Thursday. Head over between noon and 9 p.m., and snag some Cruel Summer (4.6% ABV, 10 IBU), a summer-friendly cross between an American blonde and a Berliner weisse.
If you’re looking for some sweet, socially distant hangs, then look no further. Head over to Limitless Brewing — 9765 Widmer Road, Lenexa, Kansas — this Friday from 8-10 p.m. for live music featuring the Tallahassee Trunk Stuffers. While you’re there, grab some tacos from Taco Tank Food Truck.
Celebrate Food Truck Saturdays at Transport Brewery — 11113 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — this Saturday 2-8 p.m. This week at Transport, Tina’s Trucks Designer Cuisine will be gracing the patio with an array of sandwiches, tacos, burgers and shareable dishes.
Apex Aleworks — 4356 S. Noland Road, Independence, Missouri — is hosting live music from 6:30-9:30 p.m. featuring Acoustica, a Kansas City-based acoustic group playing some of your favorite 1970s songs.