Published January 11th, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Now there’s a third brewery making waves.
Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine recently recognized Alma Mader Brewery as one of the nation’s breakout breweries.
Started in April 2019 by Nick Mader and Tania Hewett-Mader, Alma Mader produces a wide range of beers. Their Premiant, a Czech-style pilsner, is one of the beers that initially caught the attention of the magazine.
Alma Mader initially submitted a couple of lagers, Contextual and Premiant, to Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine for a blind tasting panel for their lager issue. Both received very high marks with Contextual coming in at 95 out of 100 and Premiant scoring a 98 out of 100. The magazine subsequently named Premiant one of their Top 10 Beers of 2021.
Locally, Alma Mader is known for producing some incredibly popular (and tasty) IPAs and, of course, lagers. They release new beers on a near-weekly basis every Thursday.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out Alma Mader yet, they have ample widely spaced seating in their taproom and offer beers to go. They recently returned to their regular hours of operation since the holiday season is over, so swing in to see what the hype is all about.
You can read the full Craft Beer and Brewing article here.
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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.