Published March 12th, 2019 at 6:00 AM
Feel like being a beer tourist? Not Lost Brewing (229 S. Main St., Ottawa, Kansas) is holding its grand opening on Saturday, March 16.
The Kansas brewery, about an hour south of Kansas City, will be serving a kiwi sour, an IPA made with hops from the Kansas Hops Company (which is also in Ottawa), and blueberry lavender kombucha and nitro coffee on tap, as well Black Labs mead. Not Lost will be open from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Double Shift Brewing Co. will have a new batch of Power Moves (a hazy IPA). Grains and Taps also has a new hazy IPA — Neon Kittens — on tap.
If you don’t live near Excelsior Springs, Dubious Claims Brewing Co.’s blueberry wheat is on tap at The Landing in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Casual Animal Brewing Co. has Match Wits (4.2% alcohol by volume), a wheat beer with blood orange juice, on tap.
Limitless Brewing Co.’s Bier de Garde (a strong pale ale) is back on tap, as is a a Rye IPA.
Free State Brewing Co. just released Lager (5% ABV), a new year-round beer, in six-packs of cans. Free State also has a new collaboration pale ale with Torn Label Brewing Co. Vilfredo is at the East Crossroads brewery’s taproom.
Black Labs Craft Meadery has two new meads: The Baron (15% ABV), aged in Union Horse Distillery bourbon barrels, and The Baroness (14% ABV), a mead aged on green tea.
Wednesday, March 13
Strange Days Brewing Co. will be open longer during the Big 12 Tournament, including from 2 to 10 p.m. today. The River Market brewery will also open at 11 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.
You’ve had a hard week. Kick your feet up with a cigar and beer tasting. Calibration Brewery will be sampling beer at The Outlaw Cigar Co. (13700 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kansas) from 7 to 10 p.m.
Thursday, March 14
Some beers you can’t rush. Thanatos (11.7% ABV), a dark sour that’s been aged in J. Rieger & Co. bourbon barrels and Stone Pillar Winery and Vineyard’s port barrels for 18 months, gets a release party at Crane Brewing Co. from noon to 10 p.m.
Brew Lab is making Boyle’s Brew (4.9% ABV, an Irish red ale). Keep an eye out for its dry-hopped, lemon tart aged in a gin barrel. It’s a small batch release.
Friday, March 15
Strange Days Brewing Co. drops River Quay, an extra dry stout, (you’ll get some bitterness and a dry finish).
Saturday, March 16
BKS Artisan Ales is holding a St. Patrick’s Day Warm-Up Party from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Neighboring bakery Heirloom Bakery will be making Reuben sandwiches and the brewery will likely have Rockhill & Locust, its English mild, available.
Gear up for the drinking equivalent of feasts of strength. KC Bier Co. rings in Starkbeirzeit (Strong Beer Season) from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. KC Bier will have limited amounts of Mai-o-Maibock, a bourbon barrel-aged Dunkelbock, and a bourbon-barrel aged Uberfest; all of which check in at 10% ABV.
The Snake Saturday Parade brings thousands to North Kansas City. And just like Dr. John Hammond, the breweries of North Kansas City spare no expense.
Big Rip Brewing Co. will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The brewery will have “Anti-Grabber,” (Irish red ale) and green beer (courtesy of spinach juice). If you want a pancake breakfast ($5), you have to RSVP in advance.
There’s no cover charge for the festivities, and it’s the same for Callsign Brewing Co., which will debut Kilbride Camp Rye IPA, as well as a test version of W.A.S.P., a beer named for the Women Air Force Service Pilots and brewed for Women’s Night Out, a group that meets one Monday a month at the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium. W.A.S.P. is an ale that apparently calls to mind a waffle, thanks to vanilla, maple syrup and malt.
Grain to Glass will have a beer garden from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The garden, with a tent cover, will have Irish beer, Jameson and corned beef and cabbage. There’s a $5 cover.
Cinder Block Brewery celebrates from 9 a.m. to 4 pm. There’s live bluegrass from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Jameson and Bailey’s. There’s a $3 entry fee ($10 gets you entry and a color-changing cup).
Sunday, March 17
Crane Brewing Co. has its third annual St. Pat’s Party from noon to 6 p.m. The Raytown brewery will serve Nitro Dry Stout, a firkin (small barrel) of Thin Mint Omar porter, and green Raytown Common (yep, green beer), alongside Harp BBQ.
KC Bier Co. has St. Patrick’s Day in the Bierhalle from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. They’ll have Schwarbier, a black lager, on tap and live music from 3 to 5 p.m.
Monday, March 18
Have you ever wondered what you would taste like in beer form? City Barrel Brewing Co. is holding a Coolship Freeze-Out Party from 6 to 10 p.m. The Crossroads brewing will open the garage doors, invite people in and get started on their first beer using spontaneous fermentation. A coolship is a fermenting tank that allows the beer to be exposed to open air and let the building blocks of beer be influenced by what (and who) are in the surrounding area. A ticket is $10 and that includes a beer.
*This post has been updated to reflect that Big Rip used spinach juice, instead of wheat grass juice (which was unavailable) to make its green beer.