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Tap List | Halloween Is Brewing

Spooky Craft Beer Events This Weekend

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Above image credit: Photo illustration of jack-o-lanterns. (Courtesy | Pixabay)

Just as we’ve gotten all of the Oktoberfest celebrations out of our systems, here comes a slew of events for Halloween. This year’s holiday happens to fall on Sunday, Oct. 31, making it the prime weekend for breweries to celebrate all things haunted.

From costume parties to Halloween-themed beer tappings to beer and candy pairings, we’ve got you covered with all of the best events around the area. Here are a few of the biggest and most festive events taking place.

Big Rip Brewing Co., located in North Kansas City, is celebrating Halloween in a big way. Dubbed their biggest party of the year, Ripper Halloween will take place Saturday. This year’s theme is ‘90s slasher films. The price of admission is $35, which gets you unlimited Big Rip beers. In case that’s not enough, they’ll also have a food truck, a costume contest with multiple categories, a DJ spinning tunes, wine/liquor/seltzer/Jello shots/cocktails available for purchase, and other spooky surprises throughout the night. Proof of COVID vaccination will be required at the door. Tickets can be purchased here.

Big Rip Brewing Company
Big Rip Brewing Company in North Kansas City is hosting a Halloween celebration this weekend. (Courtesy | Big Rip Brewing Company)

Travel to Shawnee and you’ll find Servaes Brewing Co.’s Halloween celebration. Taking place on Saturday, Servaes will be throwing a party where they’ll be releasing four Halloween candy inspired beers. If that’s not enough for you, they’re bringing the trick or treating straight to you! They’ll have the GoGo Candy Co. food truck outside of the brewery. If you’re not familiar with it, GoGo Candy Co. is Kansas City’s only mobile candy shop. Kansas City Heroes also will be on hand with a craft station. They’ll be rounding out the festivities with a costume contest. You can find full details of the event, including the beers they’ll be releasing, here.

Last, but certainly not least, Lost Evenings Brewing Co. in Lenexa is throwing a big Halloween bash. Their party will be taking place on Saturday. They’ll be offering plenty of drink and flight specials while also featuring Halloween-themed beer cocktails. They’ll have a costume contest with prizes for the winner in each of the three categories they have. To make this a family-friendly event, they’ll be offering activities to keep the little ones occupied. More details for their party can be found here.

In case those events aren’t enough to satisfy your love for all things spooky, you can check out even more Halloween events below!

Beer Releases

Strange Days Brewing — 316 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri — has a brand new Hazy Pale Ale available called Mirror Leerer. Brewed with 2-Row malt, wheat, honey malt and hopped with Amarillo and Citra, this 5.8% beer is a perfect balance of resinous hop flavor and slightly sweet malt backbone.

Double Shift Brewing — 412 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri — wants you to wake up with their new coffee IPA, The Dissociates. Brewed with cold brewed coffee from Parisi Coffee Roasters, you’ll get flavors of roasted coffee and chocolate on the front end. The 6.7% beer finishes with a bit of pine and toasted brown sugar.

Torn Label Brewing Co. — 1708 Campbell St., Kansas City, Missouri — has released a new IPA with a unique twist. Juice of Sapho was brewed to celebrate the release of the movie “Dune.” While it may not give you superpowers, this 6.2% IPA brewed with pomegranate and spices will give you plenty of enjoyment.

Torn Label
Torn Label has released Juice of Sapho to mark the release of the movie “Dune.” (Jonathan Bender | Flatland)

3Halves Brewing Co. — 110 E. Kansas St., Liberty, Missouri — has not one, but two brand new IPAs for you this week. First up is Told Ya So!, a classic West Coast IPA coming in at 7.9% ABV and 61 IBUs. If you need something stronger you can sip on No! Really!, an imperial hazy IPA weighing in at 9.3% ABV and 52 IBUs.

BKS Artisan Ales — 633 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri — went a bit wild to celebrate their fourth anniversary. While we won’t list them all here, they’ve released nine different beers. Leading the charge is Blue Topaz, an 8.5% double IPA. Named after the typical four-year wedding anniversary gemstone, this beer was hopped with Australian Topaz hops resulting in a gem of a beer.

Grains & Taps — 10 S.W. 3rd St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri — decided to resist the seasonal creep and just released their brand new Pumpkin Ale. The beer itself is an amber ale brewed with lactose and classic pumpkin pie spices. It comes in at 7% and is available on tap at the brewery.

Beer Events

Friday, Oct. 29

Rochester Brewing Co. — 2129 Washington St., Kansas City, Missouri — is hosting a five-course beer dinner in collaboration with Tacos Valentina. Each of the five courses will feature traditional Mexican dishes and with each being paired with a beer from Rochester Brewing. Tickets and more information for the event can be found here.

Saturday, Oct. 30

Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — is celebrating Halloween with Brass and Booojie Halloween. They’ll be throwing a block party featuring an 18-piece brass band. The show is free, but you must be at least 21 years old to attend. Crane will have a costume contest with the winner taking home a Crane gift card. Harp BBQ will be on hand for all your food needs.

East Forty Brewing — 1201 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri — is hosting their fourth annual Halloweenie event. As the name of the event suggests, they’ll have a wiener dog race in the afternoon with a costume contest for all dogs throughout the day. There also will be a costume contest for humans as well. Kids can compete in a coloring contest and costume contest of their own. They’ll be releasing special beers for the event and will have grilled foods available. Live music will kick off at 7 p.m.

East Forty Brewing
East Forty Brewing is hosting the fourth annual Halloweenie event. (Jonathan Bender | Flatland)

Red Sash Brewing Co. — 406 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri — is hosting their first ever Red Sash Boo Bash. Their event will feature games, live music, drink specials and more. Prizes will be awarded to the best individual and couples costumes.

The Goat Brewing Co. — 817 N.E. Rice Road, Lee’s Summit, Missouri — is offering drink discounts all day for anyone who comes by in their Halloween costume. The person with the best costume will receive a Goat swag bag. More details can be found here.

Grains & Taps — 10 S.W. 3rd St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri — has quite the Halloween deal for you. Those who come to the brewery wearing a costume will get happy hour pricing all day. Whether you swing in to pick up food to go or hang around for a while, if you’re in costume you’ll have the opportunity to win prizes.

Torn Label Brewing Co. — 1708 Campbell St., Kansas City, Missouri — has decided to bring back their Halloween Costume Contest after a long hiatus. Judging will take place via social media with the winner receiving delicious beer prizes. The contest will feature two categories — humans and pets.

Sunday, Oct. 31

Limitless Brewing — 9765 Widmer Road, Lenexa, Kansas — is featuring a costume contest on Halloween. Their contest will have three categories — kids, adults and pets. In addition to the contest, they’ll have live music from Jayson Kayne.

Lawrence Beer Co. — 826 Pennsylvania St., Lawrence, Kansas — is hosting a Halloween-themed brunch, Awake The Dead. The event will have a special menu and will feature spooky cocktails in addition to Lawrence Beer Co. beers. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are limited and running very low so be sure to grab one before they sell out.

Stockyards Brewing Co. — 1600 Genessee St., Ste. 100, Kansas City, Missouri — has a special edition of their normal Sunday Service. Dubbed Spooky Sunday Service, they’ll still be featuring live music but this time costumes are highly encouraged.

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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