Published July 18th, 2023 at 11:30 AM4 minute read
It was a big weekend for Transport Brewery. The Shawnee-based brewery officially christened its second location in Gardner, Kansas, on Friday.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony, which came a few months after the Gardner location opened for business in March, formally ushered in a new era of brewing for Transport.
Notably, the Gardner location features more draft lines than the original brewery in Shawnee. The Gardner location will have a couple of specialty lines, such as a cask engine, as well as a slow pour tap.
The new location, unlike the Shawnee location, also features a full kitchen. The kitchen is run by the folks of the very popular Smoke & Seoul food truck, which marries Korean cuisine with American BBQ.
As part of the celebration in Gardner, Transport released three new beers including a Gardner exclusive beer, Gardner Lite Lager.
Congratulations on the ribbon cutting, Transport. We raise a glass to you!
BKS Artisan Ales — 633 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri — just put out Double Islands, which hasn’t been released since November 2022. The beer is a hazy double IPA that comes in at 8.5% ABV. This time around the brewery used extra New Zealand hops, which happen to be Motueka and Nelson Sauvin. Expect to get notes of passion fruit, lemon/lime soda and flowers.
Strange Days Brewing — 316 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri — has another new beer for your sipping pleasure. The brewery released the successor to its West Coast IPA, Unearther, called Subearther. The reworked recipe used New Zealand hops. There’s a nice balance of juicy hops and assertive bitterness. You’ll get notes of strawberry, sage and dank bitterness in this 6.5% ABV IPA that Strange Days has dubbed its cleanest IPA ever.
Alma Mader Brewery — 2635 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri — released a new beer meant to help you beat the summer heat. Taxi Stand is a 5.8% ABV American pale ale hopped with Simcoe, Amarillo, Citra and Mosaic. It’s got a leaner malt bill than other pale ales to help showcase the hops and give it a lighter body. Expect notes of citrus, grapefruit peel and some subtle dark fruit.
Torn Label Brewing Co. — 1708 Campbell St., Kansas City, Missouri — just re-released its Memory Foam New England IPA after a three-year hiatus. Much like actual memory foam, this beer is soft and pillowy. It uses Simcoe Cryo, Citra and Azacca hops to provide lots of juicy, fruity notes. It clocks in at a respectable 7.5% ABV.
Diametric Brewing Co. — 949 N.E. Columbus, Lee’s Summit, Missouri — has the latest version of the Tickle Me single hop series available. The newest beer is Tickle Me-Kohatu. Kohatu is an up and coming hop that helps impart elements privy to both East Coast and West Coast IPAs. The 6.4% ABV beer marries the bitter resin and pine of a West Coast IPA with the fruitiness of an East Coast IPA.
Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — released a new beer for its Tiki Night celebration. Bombastic Pursuits is a 4.2% ABV sour ale with orange, lime peel, cinnamon, ginger and lactose. Take one sip and you’ll immediately be transported to the crystal clear waters of Polynesia. It’s a limited release so be sure to get it before it goes away.
Friction Beer Cp. — 11018 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — is back with a new beer after patrons literally drank the brewery dry the week prior. Frictuion came out with One Step Ahead, a 5% ABV New Zealand-style pilsner. The beer uses Simcoe and Motueka hops to give it flavors of lemon-lime as well as create a light bitterness on the finish.
Limitless Brewing — 9500 Dice Lane, Lenexa, Kansas — is taking a page out of the old days by throwing an old-fashioned Sock Hop. This won’t be the exact same dance party of yesteryear, though. The DJ will be spinning tunes from all genres. Music and dancing starts at 9 p.m. and goes through midnight.
Servaes Brewing Co. — 10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — is celebrating all things salsa with a Salsa Day party. The event will see the release of four different salsa-themed beers. Servaes will also feature a salsa-themed beer on one of their guest taps. The event will also have a free salsa bar showcasing multiple local salsa vendors.
Cinder Block Brewery — 110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — has partnered with Restless Spirits for a fun mid-summer event. Summer Fest at the Block will celebrate the release of Northtown Native, the first beer the brewery created nearly 10 years ago. Restless Spirits will be doing a spirit and cocktail sampling from noon until 2 p.m. The Vuture food truck will be slinging vegan food from 1-6 p.m. There will also be live music from 2-5 p.m. It’s a family-friendly event as the brewery will also have yard games, water guns and a bouncy house set up for kids.
BKS Artisan Ales — 633 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri — will welcome Danielle Wallace for a Saturday yoga session. The class will be an hour long and will focus on vinyasa flows. It’s open to all skill levels with a $10 entry fee. The cost includes $1 off one beer once the class wraps up. You must bring your own mat but will be able to set up inside or outside for the session.
East Forty Brewing — 1201 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri — has quite the event for dog lovers. Easty Forty is throwing the Dog Days of Summer from 1-4 p.m. The brewery will be setting up kiddie pools to help pups cool off after all of the playing they’ll do. There will be vendors selling all sorts of dog-related items from treats to dog shampoo to accessories. Easty Forty will feature their Dog Days Wheat on tap, including two different variants featuring mango and mango and habanero.
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.