Published August 3rd, 2021 at 11:30 AM
As the craft beer community continues to grow in the Kansas City area, so do local breweries. The past couple of weeks have marked some exciting new announcements from several local breweries.
One of the biggest announcements came from Limitless Brewing in Lenexa, Kansas. After several hearings with the Lenexa City Council, Limitless has finally been granted approval to move ahead with a new, bigger brewery and taproom.
Limitless currently is located in an industrial park near 95th Street and Pflumm Road. The plan is to relocate just down the road to 95th and Dice Lane. The new space will allow for an increased capacity for brewing and an updated taproom that will include an outdoor patio. If all goes according to plan, they’ll break ground for the new spot in October.
Meanwhile, Sandhills Brewing located on Johnson Drive in Mission, Kansas, plans to remove the windows at the front of the brewery and replace them with garage doors. This update will not only open up the space, but allow easier entry for customers. Due to supply chain uncertainty, there is no set timeline as to when this upgrade will happen.
Finally, Border Brewing Co. continues to inch closer to opening up its new space. Formerly in the space that Red Sash Brewing now occupies in the Crossroads area of Kansas City, Border is moving to a bigger space nearby at 512 E. 18th St. According to Border’s Facebook page, the new storefront is now complete. They’ve also started the hiring process for taproom servers. A grand opening hasn’t been announced just yet.
Pathlight Brewing — 11200 W. 75th St., Shawnee, Kansas — has released Rampion Helles Lager. This 5% lager is a perfect way to beat the heat. This beer has all the classic German characteristics. It’s clean, crisp, slightly sweet and finishes with a slight hop spice. You can find it in cans or on tap at the tap room.
City Barrel — 1740 Holmes St., Kansas City, Missouri — is continuing its Ice Cream Truck Series. The latest release is Strawberry Shortcake IPA made with strawberries, vanilla, and milk sugar. This 8.5% IPA is reminiscent of the classic ice cream bar and has aromas of strawberry and cake.
Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — is bringing you a tiki party with the release of Ku. This imperial milkshake IPA is a whopping 9.5% ABV and was brewed with mango, coconut, lactose, cinnamon, cardamom, and coriander. You can find it on tap at the brewery.
Free State Brewing Co. — 636 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, Kansas — is trying to make you forget about the blazing heat by bringing you a taste of fall. While it may still be August, Free State has released their Octoberfest. This 5.9% malt forward lager is the perfect beer to get you excited for sweater weather.
Fringe Beerworks — 224 S.E. Douglas St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri — is bringing you a refreshing pale wheat ale. Freshly Squeezed Cherry Limeade is 5% ABV and 12 IBUs.
Strange Days Brewing — 316 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri — has two brand new beers for you this week. Forma is a 5.4% unfiltered American pilsner. This beer has the quintessential characteristics of a pilsner — clean, crisp and refreshing. If that’s not enough, you can try their new Sounds Like A “You Problem,” which is a 5.8% juicy IPA. As the name suggests, there’s plenty of juicy blueberry and strawberry flavors in this crushable IPA.
Casual Animal — 1725 McGee St., Kansas City, Missouri — is getting in on the First Friday fun. They’ll be partnering with Green Dirt Farms Creamery out of Weston, Missouri, for a beer and cheese pairing event. Check out Casual Animal’s Facebook page for more information.
Big Rip Brewing Co. — 216 E. 9th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — is kicking off an August event series aptly titled Riptide. The event runs every Friday and Saturday in August from 6 – 11 p.m. This week will feature specialty cocktails, their Anti-Shark Cage Coconut Porter and all your favorite sea creatures!
Torn Label Brewing Co. — 1708 Campbell St., Kansas City, Missouri — is hosting a release party for their Extortion 17 Wheat IPA in collaboration with Callsign Brewing. This beer was brewed in honor of the 31 service members who lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in August 2011. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to The Travis Manion Foundation.
Transport Brewery — 11113 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — is releasing its newest cask ale, Dodgy Codger Extra Special Bitter and throwing a party for it. The beer was originally brewed by homebrewer Dann Searcy, who won the opportunity to brew it at Transport by winning a local homebrew competition. Dodgy Codger is 4.8% ABV and 33 IBU and will be available at Transport both on cask and draft.
Boulevard Brewing Co. — 2501 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri — is partnering with LEVELUP Arena, the only dedicated esports space in the Midwest. The Off The Couch event will have three-person teams and feature drink specials including beers from Boulevard.
Stockyards Brewing Co. — 1600 Genessee St., Ste. 100, Kansas City, Missouri — is at it again with the Sunday Service series, featuring live music on the patio from 3-6 p.m. This week’s tunes are courtesy of Zephaniah Stringfield and the Foggy Memory Boys who are traveling all the way from Taos, New Mexico.