Published January 4th, 2022 at 11:00 AM
The new year offers a fresh start. That’s exactly what will be happening on the Kansas City beer scene in 2022.
Four new breweries are in the works for the local beer scene. Kansas City, Missouri, will be getting two of those breweries while the other two are slated to open in Kansas.
Many beer enthusiasts may already be familiar with what will likely be the first brewery to open. River Bluff Brewing, which already operates a facility in St. Joseph, Missouri, is slated to open a second location in the River Market area of Kansas City. River Bluff has received a lot of acclaim after winning a silver medal at the 2019 Great American Beer Fest and will be a welcomed addition in Kansas City.
Vine Street Brewing, Kansas City’s first Black-owned brewery, also is planning on opening this year. While waiting on the construction of their brewery, which will be located at 2000 Vine St. in Kansas City’s Jazz District, they’ve collaborated with Pathlight Brewing, Transport Brewery, and 3 Trails Brewing Co. While they don’t yet have any beer of their own for sale, they do have some pretty sweet merch if you want to show your enthusiasm for their opening.
In Shawnee, Kansas, Friction Beer Co. announced on New Year’s Day that they’re ready to start construction of their brewery. They’re taking over the old Hartman Hardware location on Johnson Drive. They have not yet announced an opening date.
Last, and certainly not least, Tall Trellis Brew Co. is coming soon to Olathe, Kansas. In addition to being a brewery, Tall Trellis will feature a coffee shop and hopyard at 25600 W. Valley Parkway. The hopyard will of course be used to grow hops that the brewery will then use in their beers. They’re currently awaiting the necessary city, state and federal licenses/permits before announcing an opening date.
While they aren’t necessarily new breweries, here are some additional brewery updates you can expect in 2022:
Here’s a toast to a year filled with even more delicious locally brewed beers!
Transport Brewery — 11113 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — is helping you wake up with their newest beer. Morning Island Blendz (6.5% ABV) was brewed with Sway Coffee Roasters Summer Sumatra Blend. Transport then added coconut, resulting in a slightly sweet yet bold and rich stout.
Pathlight Brewing — 11200 W. 75th St., Shawnee, Kansas — is ringing in the new year with a nice big beer. Kizmiaz is a big 9.2% triple IPA. Brewed with Amarillo, Azacca, Cascade and Motueka hops, this IPA has tropical aromas of grapefruit and lemon with flavors of peach, apricot and melon.
Servaes Brewing Co. — 10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — has a new breakfast beer for your mornings. Coming in at 6% ABV, Two Oceans – Breakfast Cobbler is a golden sour. This sour is brewed with a slew of ingredients such as pears, cranberries, almonds, maple syrup, vanilla, brown sugar and cinnamon.
Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — wants to help you get back on your feet after your New Year’s celebration. Their new beer, Brawndo Weiss, takes their base sour beer and blends it with a well known sports drink. The result is a slightly sweet and fruity version of their Weiss beer with flavors of blueberry. Filled with electrolytes, it’s the perfect beer to help get you back on your feet.
Free State Brewing Co. — 636 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, Kansas — is helping you wake up with their newest beer, Repetition Milk Stout. Brewed using Mexican Oaxacan coffee from local roasters Repetition Coffee, this beer has flavors of both dark and milk chocolate. It comes in at 6.2% ABV and 19 IBUs.
BKS Artisan Ales — 633 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri — once again has three new releases. Galactic Escapism (Purple) is a hefty 8.8% DIPA dry hopped with Citra, Mosaic and Galaxy hops. Pacific Specific is an IPA that focuses on hops grown around the Pacific region. This iteration comes in at 7% and features Motueka, Citra and Nelson Sauvin hops. Lastly, they’ve got Countercurrent Unfiltered West Coast IPA (6.8%), which is a nod to the classic IPA style that seems to have fallen by the wayside.
3Halves Brewing Co. — 110 E. Kansas St., Liberty, Missouri — is launching into the new year with a new beer. To help kick things off on the lighter side, they brewed Phil’s Happy Pils. This 5.5% pilsner has a slight bitterness with some floral notes thanks to the Czech Saaz hops.
Strange Days Brewing Co. — 316 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri — ended 2021 with one more new release. High Visibility is a big 8% double dry hopped DIPA hopped with Citra, Strata and Simcoe hops. It comes with all the juiciness you would expect with fruity hop flavors.
Torn Label Brewing Co. — 1708 Campbell St., Kansas City, Missouri — has released Bear Skin Rug, a collaboration beer with neighbors City Barrel. This 7% hazy IPA features Citra and Riwaka hops leading to flavors of passion fruit, yuzu and kumquat. The beer was fermented with City Barrel’s signature yeast strain.
Border Brewing Co. — 512 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri — is back with their You’re The DJ music series. The theme of this week’s event is emo music. Strap on those skinny jeans, break out that eyeliner and get ready to hear those classic emo tunes that helped get you through those high school breakups.
East Forty Brewing — 1201 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri — has a night of live music on tap. Lawrence based singer-songwriter Ryan Manuel will be in the taproom to serenade you as you sip some delicious beers.
Brew Lab — 7925 Marty St., Overland Park, Kansas — is kicking off the first week of the new year with a live set from musician Rex Pryor. Rex and his brother Benny, known together as the Exit 13 Band, have played all over the area and Oklahoma. This particular performance will be a solo set by Rex.
Apex Aleworks — 4356 S. Noland Road, Independence, Missouri — is teaching amateur and aspiring homebrewers the secrets of the pros. Head brewer Ben Tatman will be leading an intimate eight-person Homebrew Class where you’ll learn the entire process of brewing your own beer. Since class size is limited to ensure an optimal student experience, be sure to sign up ASAP!
Stockyards Brewing Co. — 1600 Genessee St., Ste. 100, Kansas City, Missouri — has their second Sunday Service of the new year live in their taproom. Helping Phriendly Grass Band is an acoustic Phish cover band. This will be their first visit to the taproom so be sure to give them a friendly welcome. There will be no cover charge for the event.
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.