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Tap List | NKC Breweries Tap Into Snake Saturday Sláinte!

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Above image credit: North Kansas City hosts the Annual Snake Saturday Parade this week. (File Photo)
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Pre-St. Patrick’s Day parades are busting out all over the Kansas City area this weekend. And three North Kansas City breweries are beckoning the crowd gathering for the community’s Snake Saturday Parade and Festival.

Big Rip Brewing Co. plans to open bright and early at 8 a.m. with plenty of Irish themed beverages available for you to kick off your day. On the beer side, Big Rip will be pouring Anti-Grabber Irish Red Ale and Mint Chocolate Milk Stout. If you’re looking for something on the spirits side, they’ll have Irish coffee, snake bombs and Jell-O shots.

In case you’re worried about missing breakfast, Big Rip has you covered. Chris Cakes will be at the brewery from 8-10 a.m. serving up pancakes, sausage, coffee and Tang. It’ll be all-you-can-eat for $10 per person ($6 for kids 12 and under). Once they leave, Hawg Jaw BBQ will take over food duties from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. There’s no cover charge.

Opening just a tad later at 9 a.m. is Cinder Block Brewery. Much like Big Rip, they’ll have a bevy of Irish-themed beverages. They’ll be pouring their Nitro Dry Stout among other beers. Cinder Block will also be offering Irish coffees, Jameson, bomb shots, slushy drinks and Shamrock seltzers.

Bay Boy Sandwiches will have their food truck at Cinder Block from 12-3 p.m. selling Dutch Crunch sandwiches. They’ll also have live music from The Whiskey Mash Band during the same timeframe. Cinder Block will have a $5 cover and entrants must be at least 21 years old.

Last, but certainly not least, Callsign Brewing is opening at 10 a.m. Much like the other breweries, they’ll be offering up live music, food and a fresh new beer. They plan to release a Snake Saturday exclusive beer which is a perfect fit for the occasion, Irish Cream Stout. Coyote Bill and The Brood will be playing live music. Tupelo Joe’s will be in the taproom selling barbecue with a Creole twist.  

Beer Releases

Strange Days Brewing Co. — 316 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri — is releasing new beers in honor of its fifth anniversary. The first beer is Denim Anemone, a 7.3% ABV hazy IPA with lots of tropical fruit like pineapple, mango and tangerine. Next up is Dead Inside, a big barleywine at 11% ABV and with toffee, plum and caramel notes. The third release is a Munich style helles lager called Helles Every Day Now. The 5.1% ABV lager has a touch of malt sweetness and an overall light body. Ironically, the fourth beer release four is called Five, a 5.5% ABV barrel-aged brett saison. The highly complex ale is lightly tart and mildly funky.

3Halves Brewing Co. — 110 E. Kansas St., Liberty, Missouri — released a new beer for the first time in a while. Snarky is a smooth and refreshing 5.1% ABV pale ale. You’ll get notes of lavender, tangerine and strawberry both on the nose and in the body. It finishes with a bitterness that hangs around ever so slightly.

Cinder Block Brewery — 110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — just released Cindervesa, one of its most popular, beloved beers, just in time for the warmer months. If you’re unfamiliar with it, Cindervesa is a 5.4% ABV Mexican lager with lime. It’s light and easy drinking and one you can keep returning to all summer long.

A can and a glass of Cinder Block Brewery's Cindervesa beer amid a pile of limes.
Cinder Block Brewery’s popular Cindervesa returns just in time for the return of warm weather. (Courtesy | Cinder Block Brewery)

Fringe Beerworks — 224 S.E. Douglas St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri — has a tasty new black lager available at their taproom. The One Man Band comes in at 4.9% ABV and truly does it all. Flavors hit all of the classic dark beer notes such as toffee, coffee and caramel. The beer is smooth yet robust and finishes with a clean and light bitterness. The intermingling characteristics of this beer will have your taste buds dancing around your mouth.

Sandhills Brewing — 5612 Johnson Drive, Mission, Kansas — put out has just released a new beer simply called New Zealand IPA. The beer has elements of both a New Zealand IPA and a West Coast IPA. It was brewed with Nectaron hops which provide flavors of passion fruit and citrus. The 7.2% ABV IPA finishes crisp and dry, leaving you wanting another sip immediately.

Tall Trellis Brew Co. — 25600 W. Valley Pkwy., Olathe, Kansas — just tapped a new variation of their Fruitprints series. This version of the sour beer series is cherry limeade. The beer clocks in at 4.8% ABV. While the beer was already a sour ale, the cherry limeade flavors help to drive home the already present tartness. 

Beer Events

Friday, March 10

Rochester Brewing and Roasting Co. — 2129 Washington St., Kansas City, Missouri — wants you to feel like you’re sailing the high seas with this fun event. They are hosting the Kansas City Shanty Choir for a night of singing. The choir will teach you traditional shanties sung completely without music. Drinking beer and clapping along is highly encouraged!

Saturday, March 11

BKS Artisan Ales — 633 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri — wants to get you ready for St. Patrick’s Day with their St. Patrick’s Day Warm-Up party. The brewery will open at 10 a.m. and Heirloom Bakery & Hearth will be selling brunch items until 2 p.m. (or sold out). BKS will also have a special beer brewed specifically for St. Pat’s Day on tap and to go.

3 Trails Brewing Co. — 111 N. Main St., Independence, Missouri — will play host for the official after party of the Zombie Leprechaun bar crawl. The bar crawl takes place earlier in the day all around the Independence square area. The after party at 3 Trails will feature live music from The Pheasant Pluckers plus plenty of night cap options at the bar.

Servaes Brewing Co. — 10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — is hosting a Women’s History Month pop-up. The event will feature a new beer release, fundraiser and barbecue pop-up. The brewery will donate $2 from every full pour to InnovateHER KC. Point & Flat will be selling barbecue from 12-4 p.m. (or until sold out).

Sunday, March 12

Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — has put together another Sip & Shop Pop-Up featuring local businesses. This event will have 14 different vendors. You’ll be able to find everything from coffee to dog treats to crafts and everything in between. It’s the perfect event to drink local while shopping local.

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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