Published August 23rd, 2022 at 1:30 PM
The recent break in the summer heat can only mean one thing: Oktoberfest season is here.
Shawnee’s Transport Brewery recently announced the details for its second big outdoor festival of the year, Oktoberfest. While many breweries are beginning to release their Oktoberfest beers, Transport will be centering their festival around the release of their fest bier.
The brewery will be holding a week-long celebration starting on Sunday, Sept. 18 and running through the following Sunday. Starting Thursday, Sept. 22, Transport will host a four-day event that will feature food trucks from Scotty C’s, Werner’s Fine Sausages, Eat Schmidt and McLain’s Market.
As usual, they’ll hold their big stein holding competition on Saturday night. The last man or woman standing will receive $100 plus a free membership to Transport’s coveted Annual Trailblazers Mug Club. Live music will be provided by German quintet The Happy Wanderers. You’ll get a mix of traditional German beer hall songs and some non-traditional songs.
Transport will also be offering VIP drink packages, exclusive Oktoberfest merch, Das Boots and Steins (though all outside drinks will be poured in 16-ounce plastic cups per city ordinance) and more.
While Transport will have some picnic areas set up, patrons are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs. Admission is free and you’re welcome to bring your pups so long as they stay leashed.
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East Forty Brewing — 1201 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri — has been putting out a series of fruited kettle sour beers they dub the Fistful series. They just released their newest version, Fistful of Pineapple (5.4% ABV). As you can imagine this particular beer was soured on top of pineapple giving it that slightly tart yet sweet flavor reminiscent of pineapple juice.
Pathlight Brewing — 11200 W. 75th St., Shawnee, Kansas — released its Hawaiian-inspired beer, Honu. This 5% ABV Hawaiian rice lager was brewed with seaweed, ginger and lemongrass to give it that true tropical vibe. The beer is part savory, part sweet but fully clean and crisp like a lager should be.
Diametric Brewing Co. — 949 N.E. Columbus, Lee’s Summit, Missouri — put out a brand new IPA called Tickle Me Galaxy. This beer is a play on their popular Tickle Me Belmo IPA. This version comes in at 6.4% ABV and uses Mosaic and Belmo hops. You’ll get flavors ranging from ripe berry to tropical mango.
Cinder Block Brewery — 110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — just tapped their latest experimental pale ale. This unique brew was fermented with a new yeast strain developed by Omega Yeast. It highlights thiols, a compound often found in sauvignon blanc wine. From there they added loads of up New Zealand hops. The result is a beautiful 4.8% ABV beer that has notes of orchard fruits and white wine with a little bit of pine character.
Brewery Emperial — 1829 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri — dropped a new beer for IPA fans. Semisonic is a 6.1% ABV double dry hopped IPA. You’ll get the quintessential flavors of a DDH IPA ranging from juicy to citrusy to floral. The hops are well balanced so while it’s hoppy, you aren’t drinking a bitter bomb.
Martin City Brewing Co. — 500 E. 135th St., Kansas City, Missouri — welcomes back their Oktoberfest lager. The beer is a classic representation of the style. The beer pours a nice ruby red and has subtle toffee flavors followed by a light sweetness. The beer finishes clean and crisp with slight malt flavors. The beer is 5.8% ABV and perfect to drink on a crisp, sunny afternoon.
Servaes Brewing Co. — 10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — is teaming up with Quarantine Cookie for a delicious, fun-filled evening. The duo will be hosting a Cookie Beer Pairing event. Servaes will be releasing two beers modeled after Quarantine Cookie flavors. You’ll be able to enjoy the corresponding cookie with each beer. Quarantine Cookie will also be doing a pop-up shop selling some of their other varieties from 5-8 p.m.
BKS Artisan Ales — 633 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri — welcomes in Brookside resident Danielle Wallace to teach an hour of yoga beginning at 10:30 a.m. She’ll lead a vinyasa-style session that’s open to all skill levels. The class is $10 and includes $1 off your first beer once the class is over. Bring your own mat and feel free to set up inside or outside on the patio.
Limitless Brewing — 9765 Widmer Road, Lenexa, Kansas — has a fun day in the works with multiple things going on. First, they’ll be hosting their Marzen release party at their brewhouse. It’ll coincide with their monthly Sunday with a Pourpose event. This month’s organization is The Mission Project, which helps adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities integrate with everyday life. Limitless will be donating $2 from every pint sold to the cause. Lastly, they’ll be doing a special pop-up with Taco Naco for all your delicious Mexican food needs.
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Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — is hosting their monthly Sip ‘N Stretch Beer Yoga event beginning at 10:30 a.m. The class, hosted by Teri Cartwright from Way of Life Yoga, will be an hour long and take place in the Barrel Room. While a mat may be necessary, experience isn’t. The class is open to all who’d like to join. It’ll run $15, but that also includes your first beer post-class.
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.