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Tap List | Three Local Breweries Celebrate Anniversaries in February

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Above image credit: Exterior view of Shawnee’s Transport Brewery. (Courtesy | Transport Brewery)

If you read last week’s Tap List article, you know we wrote about the upcoming anniversary week festivities Torn Label is throwing. Well, the fun doesn’t stop there. In fact, it’s just a taste of what the next month will bring.

February will feature three different breweries celebrating a birthday.

First up is Transport Brewery in Shawnee, Kansas. They’ll be celebrating their third anniversary with four days worth of events starting Thursday, Feb. 3. In addition to new merch and glassware, Transport plans to release more than 10 new beers, including several cask ales. Each of the four days will feature a different food truck for all your food needs.

Once you’re done celebrating with Transport, you can continue birthday celebrations with KC Bier Co. on Saturday, Feb. 12. To celebrate their eighth anniversary they’ll be throwing a large parking lot party akin to a mini beer fest. They’ll have multiple tents set up featuring limited releases, featured brewer recipes, barrel-aged brews and more. Tickets for the event are $20, which will get you a tasting glass plus eight tokens that can be redeemed for beers, pretzels and brats. The event is outdoors so be sure to dress accordingly. Tickets can be purchased here.

Last, but certainly not least, is City Barrel. They’ll be kicking off their third annual Week of Rad. They’re kicking off a week’s worth of events Feb. 22 with a beer dinner. While City Barrel hasn’t released many details, their Week of Rad events tend to be epic. They’ll surely have new beer releases, new glassware and lots of giveaways. Be sure to sign up for the email list to get all the details as they’re released!

Beer Releases

Limitless Brewing — 9765 Widmer Road, Lenexa, Kansas — just released a brand new fruited sour ale. Brewed with strawberry, cranberry and pineapple, I Will Rise is both smooth and delicious. Coming in at a hefty 8% ABV, you’ll want to sip this one slowly.

Servaes Brewing Co. — 10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — is rocking a brand new New England IPA. Brewed with lots of flaked wheat and honey malt and hopped with Mosaic and El Dorado, All That I Am (7% ABV) has lots of stone fruit and apricot notes.

Pathlight Brewery's new beer Knuckle Duster.
Pathlight Brewery’s new beer Knuckle Duster. (Courtesy | Pathlight Brewing)

Pathlight Brewing — 11200 W. 75th St., Shawnee, Kansas — came out with their New Beer Thursday release. Knuckle Duster is a 7% ABV cold IPA, meaning it was brewed like a lager, but fermented like an ale. Like a West Coast IPA, you’ll get some citrus from the hops and plenty of bitterness on the back end.

Diametric Brewing Co. — 949 N.E. Columbus, Lee’s Summit, Missouri — has released the third version of their rotating IPA series. The latest, HopSpin, features Strata and El Dorado hops. These two lead to plenty of tropical fruit flavors. You’ll get everything from pineapple to passion fruit in this 6.4% ABV IPA.

Martin City Brewing Co. — 500 E. 135th St., Kansas City, Missouri — has a new beer to both wake you up and help you beat the cold. Mocha Stout (7.5% ABV) has lots of chocolate and coffee flavors and was brewed with coffee from All The Love Roasting Co.

Calibration Brewery — 119 Armour Road, North Kansas City, Missouri — wants you to take it easy with their latest beer, Take It Easy. This beer is a classic pale ale that comes in at 5% ABV and 42 IBUs. As the name suggests, this beer is light and easy to drink.

Casual Animal — 1725 McGee St., Kansas City, Missouri — just unleashed their latest experimental beer. Experimental Hazy IPA V22.1 comes in at 6.2% ABV. It’s hopped with Centennial, Lotus and Triple Pearl leading to citrus and fruity hoppiness.

Alma Mader Brewery — 2635 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri — recently released their highly anticipated collaboration beer with BKS. Inefficient Efficiencies (8% ABV) is a super hazy New England DIPA. This beer packs in a boatload of hops including Citra Incognito, Citra Lupomax, Citra, Strata and Motueka. This blend leads to notes of citrus, peaches and cream, and tropical fruits.

Beer Events

Friday, Jan. 28

Free State Brewing Co. — 636 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, Kansas — is partnering with Venue 1235 and Center Cut Records for a night of great music. Center Cut Records will be bringing some of Kansas City’s up and coming musicians together at this new venue. Free State beer will be flowing all night. There’s a $5 cover and masks will be required to attend the show.

Limitless Brewing — 9765 Widmer Road, Lenexa, Kansas — is throwing a pizza party for their customers. The premise is simple. Buy a Limitless beer and get a free slice of pizza! They’ll be featuring pizza from Dewey’s Pizza.

Saturday, Jan. 29

Servaes Brewing Co. — 10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — has a huge release party planned for some new beers. If you’re a peanut butter lover you’re going to want to swing in as Servaes will be releasing six different peanut butter beers. To help celebrate the occasion they’ll have local shop PB&K in house selling their gourmet peanut butters.

Red Crow Brewing Co. — 1062 W. Santa Fe St., Olathe, Kansas — has a Saturday bingo event planned. The event will be family-friendly and open to all ages. While the event is free, reservations are required. Bingo starts at 11:30 a.m., but you’re encouraged to get there around 11 a.m. to give yourself time to order any food and drinks you may want.

KC Brew Fest will offer 45 breweries and dozens of food trucks at Union Station this Saturday. The one-day event features “120 hand-picked craft beers from around the world.”

Sunday, Jan. 30

Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri —is partnering with Helianthus Books and other local vendors/authors for a Books & Brews pop-up book fair. Books meant for every age and genre will be available for purchase. A portion of the beer and book sales will go directly to REAP to help provide books for children within the Raytown community.

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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