Published May 25th, 2021 at 9:00 AM
It’s been quite the year. Roughly a year ago, breweries across the nation were closing their beer gardens, their patios and, in all too many cases, their doors altogether.
In the Kansas City area, things now are starting to turn around. Patios that were once vacant are echoing again with the sound of laughter and clinking beer glasses.
Breweries like BKS Artisan Ales — 633 E. 63rd St., Suite 120, Kansas City, Missouri — have reopened their beer halls. Even better, new breweries are opening. Tall Trellis Brew Co., a cafe/brewery/taproom, is opening in Olathe, Kansas.
Though there is light at the end of the tunnel, the COVID-19 pandemic also has highlighted the need for mental health support, and one brewery in the metro is working towards this goal.
Limitless Brewing — 9765 Widmer Road, Lenexa, Kansas — recently released a very special beer. Things We Don’t Say is a New England IPA clocking in at 6% ABV. This beer, available in four 16-ounce cans for a limited time, was brewed in collaboration with Hope for the Day, an organization dedicated to de-stigmatizing mental health issues and providing resources for suicide prevention.
The overall aim of this collaboration, which involved breweries like Eagle Park Brewing and Malteurop Malting Co., is to encourage people to speak up and break the silence about mental health.
Alma Mader Brewing — 2635 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri — released several beers this week, each available for sale online. Levels, a New England-style IPA clocking in at 7% ABV, is brewed with Citra and HBC 586 hops. Soft Commodity is a juicy pale ale clocking in at 5.6% ABV, brewed with Citra, Strata and Azacca hops.
Strange Days Brewing — 316 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri — just dropped Astra Aspera, an American blonde ale (5.3% ABV) brewed with a German pilsner malt, and Strata hops. It’s out of this world!
Pathlight Brewing — 11200 W. 75th St., Shawnee, Kansas — released a sour fruited IPA. Princess Tanney is a heavy hitting IPA brewed with blackberries, Mosaic hops, and a sour yeast strain. This tart troubadour clocks in at 6.7% ABV.
Cinder Block Brewery — 110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — released New Growth. This single hop IPA boasts of grapefruit, guava, white grape and clocks in at a highly crushable 6.3% ABV.
Casual Animal Brewing Co. — 1725 McGee St., Kansas City, Missouri — released Solar Tiger, an unfiltered golden ale (5.8% ABV) with a malty finish.
Squad Goals (5.3% ABV, 15 IBU) is a strawberry blonde ale brewed by Lost Evenings Brewing Co. — 8625 Hauser Court, Lenexa, Kansas.
Apex Aleworks — 4356 S. Noland Road, Independence, Missouri — is hosting another Comedy Night hosted by Jeff Krakenberg this Friday from 7 – 9 p.m. Get there by 6 p.m. for $2 off craft beer flights, and stay for the laughs.
Buddha Belly Chef will be posted up at Cinder Block Brewery — 110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — this Saturday from noon – 3 p.m. Buddha Belly Chef specializes in smoked bulgogi wings, house smoked Thai basil wings, smoked brisket and smash burgers.