Tap List | New Axiom Brewing Coming to Lee’s Summit

Free State Brewing Breakaway IPA. Free State Brewing Breakaway IPA is out now. (Courtesy of State Brewing.)

Homebrewers from 11 Letter Brews and Middle Ground Zymurgy and Tapworx have joined forces to create New Axiom Brewing Company (949 NE Columbus St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri). Head brewers Mac Lamken, Devin Glaser, Sean Householder and Joe Migletz, director of taproom operations, are behind the brewery-in-planning. While New Axiom’s team has just begun demolition on their 3,000 square-foot space, they plan to open in 2018. The group sheds more light on its plans. Householder responded to our questions via email on behalf of the New Axiom team.

Why base the brewery in Lee’s Summit?

“We see a huge opportunity in this area. We enjoy visiting breweries, but don’t enjoy the hubbub connected with driving and parking in downtown Kansas City or going to North Kansas City. We live in this area, and investing in our own community is important to us. The goal is to create a good beer scene in eastern Jackson County so that it can be an any night activity, not just when you have time to make the trek downtown.”

the team behind new axiom brewing

(left to right): Sean Householder, Mac Lamken, Devin Glaser and Joe Migletz co-founded New Axiom Brewing Company in Lee’s Summit. (Courtesy of New Axiom Brewing Company.)

What type of brewery do you have planned?

“We will open as a brewery and taproom with no distribution. We want to focus intently on experimenting and small batch beers in the beginning. Brewing in quantities needed for distribution could potentially hinder our ability to do so. We will not do any food in-house, but plan to have some catered nights. We have also already spoken to surrounding restaurants about delivery options.”

How will you use the space?

“We have dedicated as much space as we could to the taproom and customer space to have an occupancy of almost 100 people inside. We also have planned a 1,000 square-foot deck to the side of the building that will overlook an adjacent pond. The three-barrel brewhouse will have eight six-barrel fermenters and four six-barrel brite tanks. We will have several additional smaller fermenters dedicated to cider production.”

Tell us about the beers you plan to brew.

“We have several beers that have been very successful at the local beer events, such as Go(o)se Hunting Gose (tart cherry hibiscus gose), Rooted Rye (root beer spiced rye ale), Banana Bread, and blood orange hefeweizen. Several new recipes include different IPAs, lagers and stout variants. We plan to have a barrel program from day one and offer special releases throughout the year. Several ciders will range from sweet to dry with fun and exciting flavor combinations.”

What’s the goal of New Axiom’s recent bottle drop events?

“We want to create a brand and following before opening. It is really up to people whether we fail, survive, or thrive. Also, it has allowed us to start symbiotic relationships with other local breweries. As we approach opening, we want to put good relationships in place with the local experts in our field.”

Torn Label Brewing’s Petit Soleil

Torn Label Brewing’s Petit Soleil adds a bit of sunshine with a winter saison. (Courtesy of Torn Label Brewing Company.)

Tap Notes

Colony KC (312 Armour Road, North Kansas City, Missouri) released Vision Quest, a carrot cake cream ale.

Double Shift Brewing (412 E. 18th St.) released Surreal Skies (9.2-percent ABV, 37 IBUs), a dark blood orange imperial saison, brewed with dark malt. Citrus peel and flesh was added at various stages of the boil, and blood orange was added post-fermentation. Tasting slightly sweet and juicy, the beer finishes dry in the spirit of Belgian saisons.

Also from Double Shift Brewing, Bring Out Your Dead (7.4-percent ABV, 35 IBUs) is a blond coffee ale. Think pale coffee stout brewed with lactose and oats for a velvety body and notes of fresh Mexican vanilla bean. The beer was conditioned with Messenger Coffee’s single-origin Papua New Guinea Blend and roasted cacao from Maps Coffee Roasters.

A third release from Double Shift Brewing is Ginger Root Peach Pale Ale (4.7-percent ABV, 31 IBUs). The beer was brewed to support Drink Local, Think Global’s fundraising campaign to raise $45,000 through Nov. 20. Inspired by ginger beer, the brewers made a low-alcohol oatmeal pale ale beer hopped with Mosaic and Hallertau Blanc hops. Fresh Peruvian ginger root, palm sugar and sweet peaches contribute to a nose of white wine with initial flavors of fresh-grated ginger and sweetness yielding to a dry, ginger-forward finish with peach.

Double Shift's Bring Out Your Dead

Double Shift’s Bring Out Your Dead is a Blonde Coffee Ale. (Courtesy of Double Shift.)

Torn Label Brewing (1708 Campbell St.) has created its first and only barrel-fermented beer. Ingmar, a wild strawberry ale, began as a semi-traditional Belgian saison and was transferred to red wine barrels previously used to finish gin. After fermenting in the barrels, the beer aged for five months and was conditioned on strawberry purée. Funky and fruity, Ingmar will be released in bottles at 5 p.m. on  Dec. 1 and will also be available on draft. Also recently released, Petit Soleil (Little Sun), a winter saison that showcases Mandarina Bavaria hops, is crisp and refreshing with notes of white wine and grape must.

Martin City Brewing Company (500 E. 135th St.) released Kentucky Friar (11.8-percent ABV, 41 IBUs), a Belgian-style golden strong ale aged in bourbon barrels, on draft at its taproom and select locations in Kansas City.

Free State Brewing Company (636 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, Kansas) has released Breakaway IPA 6-percent ABV, 61 IBUs). Crystal, Citra, and Amarillo hops complement the toasty malt character and produce tangerine and grapefruit flavors. The IPA marries the malty qualities of Free State’s Octoberfest with the juicy character of a tropical IPA. It’s available in six-packs and on draft. Other tap releases at the brewery include Basil-Lime “Rickey,” a sour wheat beer with an infusion of local Irick Farms basil and lime zest. Tahiti Nui IPA features five hop varieties and more than 80 pounds of pineapple puree added during conditioning. Naturally, Tahiti Nui surfs on waves of big tropical fruit notes.

Rock and Run Brewery co-owner and head brewer Gene DeClue.

Rock and Run Brewery co-owner and head brewer Gene DeClue. (Pete Dulin | Flatland)

This Week

Tuesday, Nov. 14

Rock & Run Brewery and Pub (110 E. Kansas St., Liberty, Missouri) releases Rainbow in the Dark (7.5-percent ABV, 40.3 IBUs), a medium-bodied ale with hints of raisin, plum and spice. “Take classic wheat beer, mash in some darker, roasted grains, add some dark Belgian candi sugar for richness and sweetness, ferment it with Belgian saison yeast to add in some fruity esters, and you have one of our most requested seasonals,” head brewer Gene DeClue said.

Grain to Glass (1611 Swift St., North Kansas City, Missouri) welcomes Patrick Farrell, owner of Sibley Orchards and Cider Mill, and his son Tim Farrell, a brewer at Boulevard Brewing, to celebrate the launch of Boulevard’s City Market Cider. The cider was made from Sibley Orchards’ apples. From 4 to 7 p.m., Boulevard is supplying glassware to give away with pours of the cider while supplies last.

Barley’s Kitchen + Tap (16649 Midland Drive, Shawnee, Kansas) welcomes Odell Brewing for a tap takeover. Barrel Aged Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout, Pyrus and Prunus Golden Sour, Ten Paces Huckleberry Wild Ale, Citra Hopped IPA and more will be on tap.

Wednesday, Nov. 15

Border Brewing Company (406 E. 18th St.) releases its 2017 Firepit Porter in bottles and on draft. The beer is a complex, oak-aged Imperial Porter ideal for cool nights and warm fires.

Thursday, Nov. 16

New Belgium Brewing commands a tap takeover at Waldo Pizza (1543 NE Douglas St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri). Starting at 5 p.m., partake of Fat Tire Belgian White, Atomic Pumpkin, Accumulation IPA, 1554, 8 Hop Pale Ale and La Folie. Brewery reps will answer questions and distribute swag.

Friday, Nov. 17

Boulevard Brewing Company turns 28 years old today, but like many adults, they won’t celebrate until later in the weekend.

Treat your inner kid (must be 21 or older) at Border Brewing Company’s (406 E. 18th St.) Float Night, featuring beer milkshakes made with Shatto Milk Company ice cream. Multiple flavors available from double chocolate to strawberries and cream.

Miami Creek Brewing Company (14226 NW County Road 14001, Drexel, Missouri) releases Imperial Pumpkin Pecan Stout (10.2-percent ABV) at its taproom. The stout was brewed with pumpkin from Miami Creek’s farm, local pecans, organic Missouri sorghum syrup and a touch of vanilla. On Saturday, Nov. 18, Miami Creek will donate one dollar from every pint sold to Harvesters.

Saturday, Nov. 18

Boulevard Brewing and Odell Brewing celebrate their 28th anniversary at Charlie Hooper’s Bar & Grille (12 W. 63rd St.). The Kansas City and Fort Collins, Colorado breweries both opened on Nov. 17th, 1989. Enjoy a tap takeover featuring beers from both breweries, birthday-inspired games and live screen-printed commemorative t-shirts. A $15 ticket (limited) guarantees entry to the festivities and a t-shirt. Proceeds from ticket sales go to the Bryan Children College Fund.

Red Crow Brewing Company (20561 S. Lone Elm Road, Spring Hill, Kansas) releases its winter seasonal, Margaret Old Ale. The brewery will decorate trees on the grounds. Bring an ornament (cheap, cheesy and funny recommended) with your name on it, and add it to the tree.

Sunday, Nov. 19

KC Bier Company (310 W. 79th St.) concludes its book drive in support of Reach Out and Read Kansas City. Bring new children’s book donations and receive a complimentary beer. When purchasing select beers, a dollar from the proceeds will go to benefit Reach Out and Read.

From Nov. 19-25, Boulevard Tours & Rec Center (2534 Madison Ave.) will collect donations and tips to benefit Drink Local Think Global. The nonprofit aims to fundraise $45,000 in five weeks for Project Berberati, a campaign to build three water wells in the Central Africa Republic region.

Monday, Nov. 20

Fringe Beerworks collaborates on a beer dinner with Long-Bell Pies, Bites, and Pints (3385 SW Fascination Drive, Lee’s Summit, Missouri). Wear pants with a stretchy waistband for eight dishes paired with eight beers. Call (816)-599-2234 for tickets ($75). A $25 dollar deposit is required at the time of reservation.

— Pete Dulin writes about food trends for Flatland and is the author of The KC Ale Trail. Follow @FlatlandKC and #TapList on Twitter for more food news and trends.

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