Published June 12th, 2018 at 6:00 AM
When East Forty Brewing opens this Thursday, you can add Blue Springs to the local craft beer map.
“There’s not a lot of places to get a craft beer here,” founder and brewer David Mann said. “We heard from a lot of people that this is exactly what Blue Springs needs.”
East Forty Brewing (1201 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri), so named for nearby Highway 40 and 40 acres of land, is opening ahead of this weekend’s Brew & Chew. The outdoor festival on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. will have food trucks, live music and a beer tasting event (2 to 7 p.m.) with eight other breweries.
Less than a block from the train tracks that run across Main Street, the taproom has walls made of barnwood and walnut slabs for the bar and tables. Barrels are sprinkled throughout the room.
“We wanted the taproom to be a cool place to hang out,” said Mann, who launched the brewery with co-owner Matt Bryan. “It’s that rustic, country feel.”
There will be a patio on the west side of the taproom, and there’s a small stage inside where Mann is looking to host bands regularly. There’s also room to add an event space in the future.
There are 30 taps behind the bar, and East Forty plans to open with six of its own brews on tap: Dog Days Wheat, Quarter Quarter Pale Ale, Big Head Red, Right Track IPA, Second Breakfast Porter and Sunrise Saison.
“Our beers are easy drinking because that’s what I like,” Mann said. “I’ve been making that Saison for a lot of years, and it’s dry and crisp with a touch of ginger spice.”
The rest of the taps will be filled with beer from other area breweries, as well as cider, kombucha from The Brewkery and nitro coffee from Thou Mayest. East Forty will also serve cocktails (keep an eye out for their house ginger beer) featuring local distilleries on draft.
East Forty will just make beer for the taproom and doesn’t plan to distribute. Growlers will be available in 32, 40, and 60-ounce sizes. Mann is also sourcing barrels from local distilleries and could see barrel-aged porters in the brewery’s future.
The brewery will have a kitchen. The menu will be centered around pizzas, sausage from the Local Pig, and Farm to Market pretzels with a house-made beer cheese that uses Big Red, a red rye ale.
“It’s got a little more character; you can really taste the beer in there,” Mann said.
East Forty Brewing will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday, 11 to 12 a.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Miami Creek Brewing Company (14226 NW County Road 14001, Drexel, Missouri) won’t be open on Sundays. The brewery is now just open on Fridays and Saturdays. They’ve got a trio of new drinks on tap: The Wild Scotsman (a wild ale made with rosemary and wild yeast), Nutty Belgian (made with walnut syrup) and a test dry cider.
Green Room Burgers & Beer (4010 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite D) has Papa Louie’s IPA and Papa Louie’s Kazmi Weizen on tap. Keep an eye out for the Swissted Sister: a cheeseburger with Swiss cheese, bacon, mushroom and horseradish on an egg bun.
Martin City Brewing Co.’s (500 E. 135th St.) Old Glory Pilsener is out now. Righteous Candor IPA (plenty of citrus and tropical notes), a limited release in cans and drafts, dropped last week.
The Boulevard Tours & Rec Center (2534 Madison Ave.) added a crowler machine. That means you can get 32-ounce cans to go, so you can now drink test beers at home. Start with the whiskey-barrel aged coffee stout.
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