You never know what might happen if you just look around a bit during your commute.
Courtney Servaes moved to Shawnee with her family three years ago. She’d regularly drive through downtown on her way to prenatal appointments. And it was on those drives that she discovered a place that felt primed for a neighborhood brewery.
Servaes Brewing Co. just signed a lease at 10921 Johnson Drive in Shawnee, Kansas.
“We have absolutely fallen in love with the city of Shawnee,” Servaes wrote in an email. “We couldn’t think of a better place to launch our brewery than this welcoming space that is eager to rejuvenate our local community. Plus, it helps that it is closer to home than North KC or the Crossroads.”
Servaes’ instinct about Shawnee was right. Transport Brewing Co., a brewery looking to open later this fall, is currently building out the space at 11113 Johnson Drive, a block from Servaes Brewing Co.’s future location.
“I’m hoping to appeal to those beer lovers who want to have a different experience every time they visit our brewery. Instead of offering classic styles, we will heavily focus on novelty beers,” Servaes said.
Servaes is looking to open in 2019 with a taproom that has taps rotating on a weekly basis. She also has plans for special release barrel-aged brews.
“We will not have a flagship lineup. Rather, we will have some flagship base styles that we will use to create unique beers weekly,” Servaes said. “We will offer a lot of heavily fruited sours, a lot of unusual and heavily adjunct stouts and imperial stouts, a variety of NEIPAs and even some annual barrel-aged beers.”
Local drinkers who have tried Servaes’ beers over the past several years at festivals and area breweries are used to seeing her brews in cans. The brewery will continue on with cans as weekly releases alongside special releases in bottles.
And what can drinkers expect from Servaes Brewing Co. in the future?
“I guess I’d tell them to expect the unusual. I’m not sure we will ever brew just a traditional-style beer,” Servaes said. “We will brew a lot of different styles with our interesting and unique spin on them.”
Dinner & Beers
Novel (1927 McGee St.) is hosting a Boulevard Sour Beer Dinner ($55) on Tuesday, Aug. 28, with seatings between 5 and 9:15 p.m. The five-course dinner highlights five sour beers (along with a welcome cocktail) with pairings like coconut lemongrass curry with Tequila Barrel Lime Gose and Sweet Cherry Pie with a rare barrel-aged sour ale.
HopCat (401 Westport Road) is featuring Crane Brewing Co. from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28. The four-course dinner ($30) comes with a welcome beer (Raytown Common). The pairings feature tomatillo pork chili with Guava Weiss and a pineapple upside cake with Omar Porter.
Update: This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled to a later date.
Colony KC (312 Armour Road, North Kansas City, Missouri) has a pair of new brews: Classy Massacre, a “black currant and basil sour,” and Shuttle Hop #7, a “mixed berry milkshake IPA.”
KC Bier Co.’s Festbier (5.5% ABV, 25 IBUs), the brewery’s fall seasonal, was released in six-packs and on draft yesterday.
Cinder Block Brewery’s Yuzu Biur (4.5% ABV, 15 IBUs), a Japanese-style lager, should be out in Missouri this week. The brewery’s tasting notes suggest it is “clean and crisp with a hint of tangerine and lemon coming from the unique yuzu citrus fruit.” It’s brewed with German lager yeast.
The Boulevard Tours & Rec Center (2534 Madison Ave.) has a Test Blueberry Berliner Weiss on tap, as well as the Boulevardia Sour Grisette (a heads up just in case you missed it at this summer’s festival).
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This post has been updated to reflect the cancellation of the HopCat beer dinner.