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Tap List | Local Breweries To Descend Upon Wichita for Chile Festival

The 8th Annual Iron ChileHead Fest Returns

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Above image credit: This July 12, 2021 file image shows a basket of fresh harvested green chile waiting to be roasted at Grajeda Hatch Chile Market in Hatch, New Mexico. (Susan Montoya Bryan | AP Photo)

Tap List loves touting local beer events in the Kansas City area. But every now and then a cool event for beer lovers farther afield catches our eye.

This particular event happens to be the 8th annual Iron ChileHead festival down in Wichita, Kansas.

While it may be in Wichita, there are several local breweries heading down to pour beers this Saturday. You’ll be able to find brews from locals like Sandhills Brewing, Crane Brewing Co., Fields & Ivy Brewery, and more.

Iron ChileHead festival poster

As you can imagine, the festival celebrates all things Hatch Green Chiles. Food trucks will be serving up dishes using the chiles, but they’re not the only ones. Each brewery involved with the event will be pouring a unique beer that incorporates Hatch Green Chiles in some way.

The event will take place Saturday, Aug. 21, from noon until 4 p.m. at Johnson’s Garden Center. Tickets are $30 and include unlimited beer samples and a commemorative tasting glass. For more information or to buy tickets you can visit the Iron ChileHead website.

Road trip!

Beer Releases

Pathlight Brewing — 11200 W. 75th St., Shawnee, Kansas — has released their Playdate Hazy Double IPA. This 8% ABV beer has flavors of melon and tangerine and can be found on tap and in 4-pack cans at the taproom.

Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — has re-released a crowd favorite, Dry-Hopped Orange Gose. This 4.1% ABV sour ale was brewed with orange zest and was dry-hopped with Citra, Lotus, and Sabro hops leading to plenty of juicy orange flavor.

Fields & Ivy Brewery.
Fields & Ivy Brewery in Lawrence, Kansas. (Contributed | Fields & Ivy)

Fields & Ivy Brewery — 706 E. 23rd St., Lawrence, Kansas — has released Sale Barn Saison. This unique beer was brewed with locally grown Bloody Butcher red corn and comes in at 8% ABV, lending to a tart yet spicy flavor profile.

Rockcreek Brewing Co. — 5880 Beverly Ave., Mission, Kansas — has some tricks up its sleeve with The Magician. Dubbed a “pseudo lager,” this 4.5% ABV beer was fermented with Lutra Kveik, a Norwegian yeast known for producing lager-like qualities at higher fermentation temperatures.

KC Bier Co. — 310 W. 79th St., Kansas City, Missouri — has released Dampfbier, a 5.3% ABV, 15 IBU German ale. While it’s a medium-bodied ale, it’s fermented with Hefeweizen yeast. This beer is rarely brewed in Germany, let alone America, so be sure to get it while it’s available.

Wind Shift Brewing — 3421B N.W. Jefferson St., Blue Springs, Missouri — is keeping it local with the release of Comet Tsunami IPA. This 6.5% ABV IPA was brewed using Comet and Cascade hops from Kansas Hop Co.

Beer Events

Friday, Aug. 20

Boulevard Brewing Co. — 2501 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri — is partnering with Parlor to host a tiki party! The event will be hosted in Parlor’s basement, which will be transformed into a tropical paradise featuring Boulevard’s Hawaiian Pizza Party Tiki IPA. Tickets can be purchased here.

Apex Aleworks — 4356 S. Noland Road, Independence, Missouri — is ready to hear your pipes. They’ll be hosting a Karaoke Party & Craft Beer Night where you can sing your favorite tunes while enjoying some beers. Apex will have $2 off all beers starting at 6 p.m. with singing starting at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 21

Red Crow Brewing — 1062 W. Santa Fe St., Olathe, Kansas — is helping you to get a little bendy. They’ll be hosting Brewhouse Yoga featuring yoga instructor Kristy West. Your ticket, which can be purchased here, includes one free post-workout beer.

Not Lost Brewing Co. — 229 S. Main St., Ottawa, Kansas — wants you to have fun while helping a good cause with their Prairie Paws Bingo event. There’s a $5 suggested donation to play plus $1 from every beer sold will go to Prairie Paws Animal Shelter.

Sunday, Aug. 22

Limitless Brewing — 9765 Widmer Road, Lenexa, Kansas — is back with another Sunday with a “Pourpose” event. They host these events one Sunday per month with a portion of sales going to different nonprofit organizations. This month will benefit Kanbe’s Markets, which provides fresh and nutritious food at affordable prices to those located in food desert areas of Kansas City.

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