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The Best Places for a Beer in Kansas City

The Best Places for a Beer in Kansas City


From beer gardens to tap rooms, a beer lover's dream in Kansas City

There's no shortage of good beer gardens, bars, tap rooms, and brewerys in Kansas City. KansasCity.com shares its favorite places for a beer:

"Grunauer, an Austrian restaurant in the Crossroads Arts District, has one of the best beer gardens in the country, according to Food & Wine magazine," says KansasCity.com.

"The beer selection at Flying Saucer Draught Emporium... is borderline absurd." Look for a new beer on tap ever Thursday at 7 p.m.

"At Bier Station, a new beer bar in Waldo, owner John Couture has hired a staff of beer enthusiasts — not to be confused with beer snobs — who allow customers to taste samples of beers before committing to a pint." That means plenty of six-packs and growlers, with a dedicated staff to help you find the right beer.

"...A wall of bamboo secludes the drinking patio at Haus... where you can wash down poutine and handmade sausages from Local Pig with a wide assortment of European beer."


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1. Boulevard

The crown jewel of Kansas City, Boulevard is more than just a brewery, it's a huge chunk of the city's identity. With capacity reaching an estimated 600,000 barrels, the brewery is now one of the largest craft brewers in the Midwest, and ships to almost every state. Space Camper Cosmic IPA, the Hazy American Classic, and the award-winning Tank 7 are where you should start, and then follow your instincts as you head into deeper waters. The tour of the brewery is free and a top-notch experience. If you want credit for visiting KC, you have to have a drink within these walls.

2. Alma Mader

Alma Mader is dedicated to very specific flavors. Here is where to get a drink if you understand the nuanced differences between an Italian-style pilsner and a Czech-style pilsner (or if you want to learn). When you find the beverage that hits your spot, you'll spend the rest of your time refilling that pint. We like You're Being Watchedm a triple IPA which was made in collaboration with BKS Artisan Ales.

3. City Barrel

You won't find any wild experimentation here, just solid IPAs, sours and other brews. Recommendations include Adulting which uses Japanese rice to add spice into a lager, and the pale ale Recovery Beer which has hints of mango and is packed with electrolytes. Plus, the food items and cocktails are just as worth trying as the beer.

4. KC Bier Co

Bier Co makes only authentic tasting German-style beer brewed with malt and hops imported directly from Germany. Besides being local, the beer is also unpasteurized, unfiltered, and naturally carbonated to protect freshness. Make sure to pair your selection with some sauerkraut on a hotdog or a gigantic pretzel from the similarly authentic German food menu.

5. BKS Artisan Ales

BKS Artisan Ales mixes traditional and experimental styles to produce barrel-aged, sour, hop-forward, and farmhouse ales with a number of limited release beers, which mean the bartenders can only serve a limited amount, so savor each sip. Don't leave without trying the Double Holstein, a Caribean take on the style&mdashwith chocolate, coffee, and coconut flavors&mdashthat you won't soon forget.

6. Crane

Bold flavors with Euro heritage can be found at Crane, where the beers are usually aged in wood or steel until they've reached perfection. The in-house laboratory is always working to develop yeasts that will yield flavors that push the limits of their categories. It's the kind of place where your farmhouse ale might have hints of tea or maybe your pour will have a bit of beets that you weren't expecting. Even without taking your first sip, you can recognize a Crane beer by how outrageously colorful they are&mdasha visual representation of the flavor spectrum Crane strives toward.

7. Torn Label

With names like Monk & Honey and Darkest Timeline, you know you're in for a creative journey at Torn Label. The brewery sets out to create brews that entice craft beer novices and aficionados alike with fresh and exciting flavors and by focusing on the traditions of German and Belgium breweries paired together with American innovations. The facilities produce a massive amount of liquid hops that are only distributed within the KC area.

8. Fringe

With a low-key, intimate setting, Fringe is the first brewery in Lee's Summit. The building has been around since 1926 and much of the original design remains. Similarly, the folks behind Fringe are keen to add a bit of old-school charm to their projects. Grab the milkshake beer or the grapefruit beer if they're in stock when you come through. The menu only gets odder from there.


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Sorry, vegetarians, we’re still talking meat and we’re halfway through the list! Head over to Stroud’s for their pan-fried chicken. With your chicken, the side dishes are served up family-style, so you can share with the whole table. It’s one of the best places to eat in Kansas City that isn’t BBQ!

Great BBQ & you can fill up your gas tank.


7 Must-Visit Kansas City Breweries for Traveling St. Louisans

Nearly 20 breweries are scattered across Kansas City and the surrounding area – far too many to visit in a weekend unless you’re really ambitious and have a reliable Uber driver. So we pared down this list to seven must-visit breweries, places where craft beer fans can savor a pint (or three) at a comfortable pace that doesn’t require the precision of a Swiss-made watch.

1. Boulevard Brewing Company Visitors Center
2534 Madison, 816-474-7095, boulevard.com
Established in 1989, Kansas City’s hometown brewery is well-known throughout the Midwest for its flagship Pale Ale, Boulevard Wheat, and Smokestack Series. In recent years, demand for tours exceeded the brewery’s capacity. In 2015, Boulevard hosted nearly 60,000 visitors on 2,300 tours in its production brewery thousands more had to be turned away. This summer Boulevard opened the expansive Visitors Center in its Tours and Recreation building one block from the brewery. Open seven days a week, the Center displays exhibits about Boulevard and brewing history, schedules free daily tours, and houses a tasting room, expanded gift shop, and 300-seat Beer Hall. Not only a fun place to hang and sample beers, the hall also serves food such as a chicken andouille sandwich with beer cheese sauce and cheddarwurst. Sixty-minute public tours include two complimentary beer samples at the end of the walking portion. No reservation needed for tours.
Must-try beers: The tasting room has a rotating selection of 24 beers on tap including its flagships, Smokestack Series, test batch beers, and seasonal offerings. There’s something for everyone to explore like the popular Cranberry Orange Radler released in fall 2016.

2. Stockyards Brewing Company
1600 Genessee St., #100, stockyardsbrewing.com
One of the city’s newest breweries sprang up in the former space of the Golden Ox, a historic steakhouse founded in 1949 in the West Bottoms’ Stockyards District. Owners Greg Bland, Ray Kerzner and Brendan Gargano hired Micah Weichert (75th Street Brewery, Gordon Biersch) to lead brewing operations. The space preserves many western-themed elements of the restaurant’s stockyards heyday including stained glass murals, brass fixtures, circular leather-lined booths, and photos of a bygone era. A glass-lined wall offers a view of the 15-barrel, three-vessel system. Limited snacks and a cheese board are available. Nearby Amigoni Urban Winery, restaurants Genessee Royale and Voltaire and dive bar Lucky Boys offer additional sustenance.
Must-try beers: Stockyards’ core beers include Golden Alt, Black IPA, American-style Brunch Stout, Thunder Hef, a hefeweizen, and hoppy India Pale Lager on tap plus beer from local breweries. The Belgian yeast in the Saison presents notes of orange peel, lemon peel, and crushed black pepper. For fans of maltiness, try the Fox Trotter Scottish Ale made with three different Crystal malts.

  • PHOTO BY PETE DULIN
  • The tap room at the Cinder Block is a great place to enjoy a beer — and a game of Jenga.

3. Cinder Block Brewery
110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, 816-298-6555, cinderblockbrewery.com
Master brewer Bryan “Bucky” Buckingham (Free State Brewing, 75th Street Brewery, Power Plant Brewery) brought a wealth of industry experience to Cinder Block Brewery, founded in 2013 by homebrewer Bryce Schaffter. The well-rounded lineup of core beers are solid representations of style with consistent quality. The large tap room is a convivial space to watch sports on widescreen TVs, socialize, play giant Jenga on the patio, and compete in Geeks Who Drink trivia on Tuesday evenings. While no food is available, customers can bring food on premise to enjoy with a beer. Based in North Kansas City, the brewery is a five-minute hop across the Missouri River from downtown Kansas City. Cinder Block is also mere blocks away from The Big Rip Brewing Company (216 East Ninth Avenue, North Kansas City, bigripbrewing.com) and Calibration Brewing Company (119 Armour Road, North Kansas City, calibrationbrewery.com). Visit all three breweries for a mini-tour.
Must-try beers: Hopheads will enjoy Block IPA made with six hop varieties to yield citrus and passionfruit aromas and piney notes. Northtown Native, a light refreshing California Common, is a perfect session beer. If available, try the Black Squirrel Russian Imperial Stout, aged thirteen months in a whiskey barrel, the summer seasonal KC Weiss, or winter seasonal Cinder Noel, a Belgian strong ale. The brewery also makes excellent French apple cider and English cherry cider.

  • COURTESY OF THE BIG RIP
  • The Big Rip tap room pays tribute to its brewers' love of horror and sci fi.


4. The Big Rip Brewing Company

216 East Ninth Avenue, North Kansas City, bigripbrewing.com
This taproom and brewery takes its name from a scientific theory proposing that the universe is expanding. Ultimately, the expansion will defy gravity, disband galaxies and solar systems, and the universe will end. All the more reason to drink locally brewed beer before the theory is no longer hypothetical. The Big Rip’s owners-brewers Kipp Feldt and Josh Collins specialize in beers that are malt-forward, gluten-free fruit beers, and other diverse offerings. The brewers’ love of horror and science fiction is reflected in the taproom decor and sly references in the beer names to characters in popular film and television shows. Televisions stream genre movies like Escape From New York. Explore the patio and play yard games when the weather is nice. The brewery is viewable through windows but tours are typically not offered.
Must-try beers: Whether you are gluten-free or not, fruit-based beers such as raspberry and blueberry are refreshing sippers. Aisle 12 West Coast IPA, Hefe the Killer hefeweizen, and Hathor's Sweet Brown Ale are popular. For more adventurous tastes, try Zelda's Vanilla Cream, Outlander Roggenbier Rye Ale, seasonal Chai Milk Stout, or the Scotchlander Wee Heavy aged in Pinot Noir wine barrels, due out in late 2016.

5. Crane Brewing Company

6515 Railroad Street, Raytown, cranebrewing.com
This production brewery built early buzz among craft beer fans and judges on the local beer festival circuit long before it opened in September 2015. Named after co-founder and innovative home brewer Michael Crane, the brewery specializes in farmhouse ales, lambics, and Berliner Weiss. The brewery and taproom is a short drive from downtown Kansas City to the suburb of Raytown, but a taproom visit is well worthwhile. Check the website for taproom hours. The current taproom is a modest space with plans to upgrade and expand by 2017. Several Crane beer rotate on the taps. Tours, offered based on staff availability and demand, show off the brewery production space, grain milling, barrel room, and other features. Seven hundred fifty-ml. bottles are available for sale.
Must-try beers: Year-round beers include the toasty malt and fruity yeast of aromatic Belgian-inspired Saison and Farmhouse IPA, seasonals such as Orange Gose and Grapefruit Gose, and tart Weiss options – apricot, kumquat, tea and beet. The latter has a dazzling ruby hue and subtle earthy zing to offset the sourness.

6. Martin City Brewing Company
500 East 135th Street, martincitybrewingcompany.com
This south Kansas City-based brewery has grown into a dynamic operation since launching in 2011. MCBC opened a craft beer-based pub first with a selection of top regional and national beers. In February 2014, owners Matt Moore and Chancie Adams built the brewery, taproom and pizza restaurant with a wood-fired oven next door to the pub. The restaurant is a popular spot to grab a few beers, nosh on some of the city’s best pizza, and hang out indoors or on the patio. For a change of pace, stroll over to the pub for upscale eats. Master brewer Nick Vaughn creates bold beers with a twist and classic styles with complex layers of flavor from barrel-aging and use of adjunct ingredients and yeasts strains. The taproom pours a variety of beer not available in MCBC cans in the retail market. Growlers, crowlers, and limited 750-ml. bottles are available to take home favorite suds.
Must-try beers: Abbey Belgian Ale (there’s also a barrel-aged version), Big Brother Imperial Stout aged in Scotch barrels, bold and hoppy Hard Way IPA, City Saison, Poitier Brandy barrel-aged Tripel, and Belgian Blond. Ask about seasonal and limited-run beers on tap.


7. Kansas City Bier Company
310 West 79th Street, kcbier.com
This German-inspired production brewery and beer hall in the Waldo suburb specializes in classic German styles brewed with artisan craftsmanship. Hop and malts are sourced direct from Germany for authentic flavor and representation of styles that include pils, hefeweizen, dunkel, helles, and doppelbock. The taproom has communal-style seating at picnic tables with a German beer hall atmosphere. College and pro sports and German football games play on televisions. Traditional German musicians perform on weekends. The kitchen serves charcuterie plates, weisswurst, pretzels, brats, and dried sausages. Take advantage of the deck and outdoor biergarten if the weather is amenable.
Must-try beers: Best-selling Dunkel is a dark brown Munich lager with prominent malt. Weizenbock, a strong German-style wheat, crisp Pils, spot-on Hefeweizen, and Der Bauer, a German interpretation of a farmhouse ale, are crowd-pleasers. Prost!

Kansas City-based food and beverage writer Pete Dulin is the author of Kansas City Beer, to be released from American Palate on October 24. Pre-order a copy now via Arcadia Press or Amazon. His other books include KC Ale Trail and Last Bite: 100 Simple Recipes from Kansas City’s Best Chefs and Cooks. Kansas City Beer explores the history of brewing in Kansas City from the 1850s to present.

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Beer Guide: Kansas City, Missouri

Beer guide to breweries, brewpubs, bars, stores, events and festivals, and recent visits in the Kansas City area.

Breweries with Taprooms:
    - 633 E 63rd St #120, Kansas City - 2635 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City - 6515 Railroad St, Raytown - 4356 S Noland Rd, Independence - 2501 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City - 3421B NW Jefferson St., Blue Springs - 111 N Main St, Independence - 1740 Holmes St, Kansas City - 1725 McGee St, Kansas City - 316 Oak St, Kansas City - 310 W 79th St, Kansas City - 1708 Campbell St, Kansas City - 500 E 135th St, Kansas City - 1201 W Main St, Blue Springs - 1829 Oak St, Kansas City - 1600 Genessee St, Kansas City - 412 E 18th St, Kansas City - 406 E 18th St, Kansas City - 4010 Pennslyvania Ave, Kansas City - 3200 Ameristar Dr, Kansas City - 8461 NW Prairie View Rd, Kansas City
Bars & Eateries:
    - 120 E Gregory Blvd, Kansas City - 7260 NW 87th St, Kansas City - 7433 Broadway, Kansas City - 120 W 17th Street, Kansas City - 1532 Grand Blvd, Kansas City - 6325 Lewis St, Parkville - 435 Westport Rd, Kansas City - 401 Westport Rd, Kansas City - 625 W US-40, Blue Springs - 208 N Main St, Independence - 1701 McGee St, Kansas City - 403 E 18th St, Kansas City - 1000 W 39th St, Kansas City - 112 E Missouri Ave, Kansas City - 1400 Main St, Kansas City - 1 Royal Way, Kansas City - 417 E 18th St, Kansas City - 419 Westport Road, Kansas City - 4050 Pennsylvania Ave #150, Kansas City - 4940 NE 81st St, Kansas City - 11832 NW Plaza Cir, Kansas City - 101 W 22nd St, Kansas City - 4048 Broadway St, Kansas City - 7421 Broadway St, Kansas City - 210 N State Route 291, Liberty - 12 W 63rd St, Kansas City - 1300 Main St, Kansas City - 13657 Washington St, Kansas City - 1663 Summit St, Kansas City - 300 NW Richards Rd, Kansas City - 817 Westport Rd, Kansas City - 4742 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City - 7425 Broadway St, Kansas City
Retail Stores:
    - 8447 Wornall Rd, Kansas City - 4500 Belleview Ave, Kansas City - 13657 Washington St, Kansas City - 3838 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City - 21 W 63rd St, Kansas City - 109 N Blue Jay Dr, Liberty - 1301 W 103rd St, Kansas City - 1106 Westport Rd, Kansas City - 6298 N Highway 9, Parkville - 19341 E US Highway 40, Independence - 600 E 63rd St, Kansas City - 7711 State Line Rd, Kansas City - 9902 Holmes Rd, Kansas City - 1701 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City - 8301 N Saint Clair Ave, Kansas City - 2401 NW Platte Rd, Riverside - 8600 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City - 3717 S Noland Rd, Independence - 801 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City
Homebrew Shops & Supplies:

The Kansas City area includes the following cities, towns and variations: Gladstone, Platte County, Blue Springs, Clay, Grandview, Independence, Jackson, Kansas City, Liberty, Parkville, Platte, Raytown, Riverside, St. Joseph, Weston


A Beer Drinker's Guide to Kansas City

Stop and listen, and you might notice something in Kansas City. The crescendoing sound you hear is a harmonious mix of boiling wort, clinking glasses and popped bottle caps that indicates something special: a beer revolution.

Breweries

In the not-so-distant past, the Kansas City beer scene relied mainly on just three brewing entities, Boulevard Brewing Co., 75th Street Brewery and McCoy's Public House. A small handful of beer-centric bars supported the cause, but over the course of the past few years, we've seen a sharp increase in businesses that cater to hop heads (or malt maniacs?), helping to put Kansas City on the national beer map.

Of course, Boulevard Brewing Co. is still the pride and joy of Kansas City beer. A must-visit destination for visitors and a must-repeatedly-visit destination for residents, Boulevard continually earns the recognition it receives as one of the nation's top craft breweries—and an important member of our hometown.

But now, Boulevard has some neighbors. Just north of downtown, Cinder Block Brewery and The Big Rip Brewing Company have set up shop in North Kansas City, one of the KC metro's rapidly growing areas. But breweries aren't the only thing drawing attention in North Kansas City. Screenland Theatre on Armour recently underwent a transformation that made it an entertainment destination for beer nerds, adding an enviable craft beer selection to its bar, and starting the annual Arts & Crafts festival, celebrating beer, music and movies alike.

In the Waldo area, KC Bier Company has taken aim at tackling authentic German beer styles, from a crisp, refreshing Helles to a rich, malty Doppelbock. In keeping with the theme, you can pair the beers with a variety of German sausages, cheeses and breads. And don't be afraid to bring the kids KC Bier Company is very child-friendly, with a play area in the biergarten and items like coloring books and crayons to keep the small ones occupied while you imbibe.

Traveling farther south through KC, in the Martin City district, Martin City Brewing Company is a veritable craft beer campus, with three buildings you can float between to quench your thirst AND satiate your hunger. Stop in the original pub building for a base layer of risotto balls and macaroni and cheese while sampling various beers from around the country and taking in a Sporting Kansas City game. Then walk next door to the taproom building and try Martin City's own fermented creations. Oh, and if the Abbey Ale is on tap, drink it. Trust me. After this, if you're lucky, you might even get to wander into the actual brewery building on the other side of the patio and face one of the owners in foosball.

Craft Beer Bars

The beer boom in KC doesn't stop at breweries, though. In 2012, Bier Station, the Midwest's first combo beer bar/bottle shop, was opened in an area nestled right on the Waldo and Brookside border. Voted as one of Draft Magazine's top beer bars, Bier Station is well-known for a diverse, constantly rotating tap list, and a bevy of special events that help it earn such recognition.

Bier Station, the Midwest's first combo beer bar/bottle shop

The aforementioned McCoy's Public House continues to crank out in-house brews, while the connected, sister bar The Foundry couples craft beer with energetic nightlife if sipping on an imperial stout while dancing the night away is your style, The Foundry might be up your alley. And the next day, if it was all a little too much, get some 'hair of the dog' treatment at Beer Kitchen, where you can pair a variety of beers with amazing food like a short rib grilled cheese. This trio of beer-centric spots (McCoy's, Foundry, Beer Kitchen) is known as BeerKC, and they also work to host two of the cities well-attended beer festivals—Westport Strong Ale Fest in the winter and Westport Beer Festival in the summer.

If The Foundry sounds a little too frenetic, never fear a calmer, but equally pleasing option is another short walk down the road in Westport. Step into Green Room Burgers & Beer and you'll be welcomed with a friendly environment that feels like you just walked into the home of a buddy who just so happens to have a killer homebrew set up. And indeed, Green Room offers up their own series of small batch, brewed-in-house beers, in addition to other national and local favorites. Grab some friends, order up some truffle fries to share (even though you won't want to), and play some Cards Against Humanity while sipping on the latest Papa Louie creation.

McCoy's Public House in Westport

If rubbing elbows (or clinking tulip glasses) with a celebrity chef sounds like it might be up your alley, The Belfry in downtown Kansas City is a spot worth visiting. James Beard-winning chef Celina Tio opened up the beer bar (which adjoins to her restaurant Collection) in the Crossroads area early in 2014. But don't think she's trying to coast on her name and recognition she knows her beer like she knows her food. A Certified Cicerone, she pulls together some impressive beer dinners and maintains an excellent tap list. And, you'll often find her there, working the bar and chatting it up with guests.

Jump over to the Kansas side of the metro and you will find a number of beer gems as well. In the Strawberry Hill area of Kansas City, Kansas, nostalgic arcade junkies will rejoice at the sight of the 403 Club and Barcadia on 5th, where you can sip on great beers while finally trying to nail the high score on AC/DC pinball or remembering the right series of buttons for Scorpion's Fatality on Mortal Kombat. Meanwhile in the Downtown Overland Park area, hit up one of the best happy hours in the city at Burg & Barrel, where every beer behind the bar is half off between 2 and 6 p.m. on Tuesdays. Or, if a little brewing education is more of what you're looking for, check out the unique Brew Lab, where you can get a hands-on brewing experience right in the store (think Build-A-Bear, but for beer).

And the best part of all of this? It's just the beginning. More breweries are being established. More bars and businesses are opening up with beer on the brain. That noise will continue to grow, because here in Kansas City, beer drinkers are thirsty, loud and ready to be heard.


I researched and wrote about Kansas City’s hop-infused history and more than sixty breweries from the frontier era to the twenty-first century. Published by The History Press as part of its American Palate Series, this book is a look at a slice of the city’s growth through the brewing industry over a nearly 170-year period through stories and color and b/w photos.

Westbound immigrants, pioneers and entrepreneurs alike arrived in Kansas City with a thirst for progress and beer. Breweries both small and mighty seized opportunity in a climate of ceaseless social change and fierce regional competition. Muehlebach Brewing Company commanded the market, operating in Kansas City for more than eighty years. Built in 1902, the iconic brick warehouse of Imperial Brewing still stands today. Prohibition made times tough for brewers and citizens in the Paris of the Plains, but political “Boss” Tom Pendergast kept the taps running. In 1989, Boulevard Brewing kicked off the local craft beer renaissance, and a bevy of breweries soon formed a flourishing community.


List of Kansas City’s Top Breweries

Until we write our full guide to Kansas City, here is a list of the best breweries in the greater Kansas City area, according to Untappd, along with information about hours of operation and food options. This list will be updated frequently, but if you notice anything inaccurate on this list, or if you see that we accidentally left off a brewery, please kindly let us know and we’ll fix it as soon as we can! We strive to provide the most accurate and up-to-date source of brewery information possible. (For why we chose to sort by Untappd rating, please check out our FAQ.) And, as always, before going to a brewery, check their website or social media to see if they have food trucks on certain days, food delivery options, or irregular hours that day.

Also, be sure to sign up for our newsletter for weekly updates on new brewery hop guides, new research lists for cities across the country, new events on our event calendar, and more! Those from Missouri should check our list for St. Louis. And tell your friends! Cheers!

NOTE: As the world continues to re-open after this spring’s COVID-19 pandemic quarantine, many who have re-opened their taprooms are now operating on a different schedule than they had in place pre-quarantine. We will be updating our site as quickly as we can, but it’s very possible that the information on our brewery lists regarding dates, times, and food availability is no longer accurate. Before heading to any brewery, please check the brewery’s social media to determine their hours of operation, and be sure to read our guide for beer travel as the pandemic continues. Thanks!

KANSAS CITY:

BKS Artisan Ales
Untappd: 4.23
Closed Monday through Thursday
4 PM – 8 PM Friday, 12 PM – 7 PM Saturday, 1 PM – 5 PM Sunday
Food: Snacks

Alma Mader Brewing
Untappd: 4.07
Closed Sunday through Tuesday
3 PM – 7 PM Wednesday through Friday, 12 PM – 7 PM Saturday
Food: Snacks

City Barrel Brewing
Untappd: 3.94
Closed Sunday through Tuesday
3 PM – 9 PM Wednesday and Thursday, 3 PM – 10 PM Friday, 12 PM – 10 PM Saturday
Food: Yes

Rochester Brewing and Roasting Company
Untappd: 3.83
Open 7 days a week
6:30 AM – 6:30 PM Monday through Thursday, 6:30 AM – 8 PM Friday and Saturday, 9 AM – 6:30 PM Sunday
Food: Yes

Torn Label Brewing
Untappd: 3.82
Closed Monday and Tuesday
5 PM – 10 PM Wednesday and Thursday, 4 PM – 12 AM Friday, 12 PM – 12 AM Saturday, 12 PM – 8 PM Sunday
Food: No

Boulevard Brewing
Untappd: 3.77
Open 7 days a week
11 AM – 8 PM Monday through Wednesday, 11 AM – 9 PM Thursday, 10 AM – 9 PM Friday and Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM Sunday
Food: Yes

Double Shift Brewing
Untappd: 3.72
Closed Mondays
4 PM – 10 PM Tuesday through Thursday, 4 PM – 11:30 PM Friday, 12 PM – 11:30 PM Saturday, 12 PM – 8 PM Sunday
Food: No

Martin City Brewing Company
Untappd: 3.71
Multiple locations
Open 7 days a week
11 AM til late every day
Food: Yes

KC Bier Co
Untappd: 3.7
Closed Mondays
2 PM – 11 PM Tuesday through Friday, 11 AM – 11 PM Saturday, 11 AM – 9 PM Sunday
Food: Yes

Strange Days Brewing
Untappd: 3.7
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
4 PM – 9 PM Monday, 3 PM – 10 PM Thursday and Friday, 9 AM – 10 PM Saturday, 9 AM – 9 PM Sunday
Food: No

Brewery Emperial
Untappd: 3.65
Open 7 days a week
11 AM – 11 PM Monday through Thursday, 11 AM – 12 AM Friday and Saturday, 12 PM – 10:05 PM Sunday
Food: Yes

Border Brewing Company
Untappd: 3.63
Closed Monday and Tuesday
4 PM – 9 PM Wednesday and Thursday, 12 PM – 11 PM Friday and Saturday, 12 PM – 8 PM Sunday
Food: No

Casual Animal Brewing
Untappd: 3.62
Closed Mondays
12 PM – 9 PM Tuesday through Thursday, 12 PM – 10 PM Friday, 11 AM – 10 PM Saturday, 12 PM – 7 PM Sunday
Food: Snacks

Stockyards Brewing
Untappd: 3.6
Closed Mondays
4 PM – 10 PM Tuesday through Thursday, 12 PM – 12 AM Friday and Saturday, 12 PM – 8 PM Sunday
Food: Snacks

NORTH KANSAS CITY:

Colony Handcrafted Ales
Untappd: 3.93
Closed Sunday and Monday
4 PM – 10 PM Tuesday through Thursday, 4 PM – 12 AM Friday, 11 AM – 12 AM Saturday
Food: Yes

Cinder Block Brewery
Untappd: 3.7
Open 7 days a week
4 PM – 9 PM Monday through Thursday, 12 PM – 11 PM Friday and Saturday, 12 PM – 5 PM Sunday
Food: Yes

Callsign Brewing
Untappd: 3.63
Closed Monday and Tuesday
4 PM – 9 PM Wednesday and Thursday, 4 PM – 10 PM Friday, 12 PM – 10 PM Saturday, 12 PM – 5 PM Sunday
Food: No

The Big Rip Brewing Company
Untappd: 3.59
Closed Mondays
4 PM – 9 PM Tuesday through Thursday, 12 PM – 11 PM Friday, 12 PM – 10 PM Saturday, 12 PM – 5 PM Sunday
Food: BBQ kiosk

Calibration Brewery
Untappd: 3.47
Open 7 days a week
3 PM – 9 PM Monday through Wednesday, 3 PM – 10 PM Thursday, 11 AM – 11 PM Friday and Saturday, 12 PM – 5 PM Sunday
Food: Yes

OUTSIDE KANSAS CITY:

Wind Shift Brewing
located in Blue Springs
Untappd: 4.03
Closed Monday and Tuesday
5 PM – 9 PM Wednesday and Thursday, 12 PM – 10 PM Friday and Saturday, 12 PM – 5 PM Sunday
Food: No

Grains & Taps
located in Lee’s Summit
Untappd: 3.98
Closed Mondays
3 PM – 10 PM Tuesday and Wednesday, 3 PM – 12 AM Thursday and Friday, 12 PM – 12 AM Saturday, 12 PM – 4 PM Sunday
Food: Yes

Miami Creek Brewing Company
located in Drexel
Untappd: 3.94
Closed Sunday through Thursday
4 PM – 9 PM Friday, 1 PM – 9 PM Saturday
Food: No
Fringe Beerworks
located in Lee’s Summit
Untappd: 3.91
Open 7 days a week
12 PM – 10 PM Sunday through Thursday, 12 PM – 12 AM Friday and Saturday
Food: No

Servaes Brewing
located in Shawnee
Untappd: 3.91
Closed Mondays
4 PM – 10 PM Tuesday through Thursday, 2 PM – 10 PM Friday, 11 AM – 10 PM Saturday, 11 AM – 8 PM Sunday
Food: Snacks

Diametric Brewing Company
located in Lee’s Summit
Untappd: 3.9
Closed Tuesdays
5:30 PM – 10 PM Monday, 4 PM – 10 PM Wednesday through Friday, 12 PM – 10 PM Saturday, 12 PM – 8 PM Sunday
Food: No

Crane Brewing Company
located in Raytown
Untappd: 3.89
Closed Mondays
4 PM – 9 PM Tuesday through Thursday, 2 PM – 10 PM Friday, 12 PM – 10 PM Saturday, 11 AM – 4 PM Sunday
Food: No

3 Halves Brewing Company
located in Liberty
Untappd: 3.86
Closed Mondays
11 AM – 9 PM Tuesday through Thursday, 11 AM – 12 AM Friday and Saturday, 12 PM – 6 PM Sunday
Food: No

Apex Aleworks
located in Independence
Untappd: 3.85
Closed Sundays
12 PM – 10 PM Monday through Thursday, 12 PM – 12 AM Friday and Saturday
Food: No

Sandhills Brewing
located in Mission
Untappd: 3.84
Closed Monday and Tuesday
12 PM – 8 PM Wednesday through Saturday, 12 PM – 6 PM Sunday
Food: No

Limitless Brewing
located in Lenexa
Untappd: 3.82
Open 7 days a week
4 PM – 9 PM Monday through Thursday, 3 PM – 10 PM Friday, 12 PM – 11 PM Saturday, 12 PM – 6 PM Sunday
Food: No

East Forty Brewing
located in Blue Springs
Untappd: 3.73
Closed Mondays
4 PM – 10 PM Tuesday through Thursday, 4 PM – 12 AM Friday, 11 AM – 12 AM Saturday, 11 AM – 9 PM Sunday
Food: Yes

3 Trails Brewing
located in Independence
Untappd: 3.71
Open 7 days a week
4 PM – 10:30 PM Monday through Thursday, 4 PM – 12 AM Friday, 12 PM – 12 AM Saturday, 12 PM – 7 PM Sunday
Food: No

Dubious Claims Brewing
located in Excelsior Springs
Untappd: 3.69
Closed Sunday and Monday
4 PM – 9 PM Tuesday through Thursday, 11 AM – 11 PM Friday and Saturday
Food: Yes

Transport Brewery
located in Shawnee
Untappd: 3.64
Closed Mondays
4 PM – 10 PM Tuesday through Thursday, 3 PM – 12 AM Friday, 12 PM – 12 AM Saturday, 12 PM – 7 PM Sunday
Food: No

Brew Lab
located in Overland Park, KS
Untappd: 3.61
Closed Mondays
3:30 PM – 10 PM Tuesday through Thursday, 11 AM – 11 PM Friday and Saturday, 12 PM – 4 PM Sunday
Food: Yes

Smoke Brewing Company
located in Lee’s Summit
Untappd: 3.6
Open 7 days a week
11 AM – 11 PM Monday through Thursday, 11 AM – 12 AM Friday and Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM Sunday
Food: Yes

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WELCOME!

Welcome to The Beer Travel Guide! People often ask us where to drink craft beer when they visit various cities, so you’ll find our detailed brewery hop recommendations for various American cities here. We add new guides frequently– coming soon, you’ll see guides for Dallas, San Diego, Flagstaff and more!

You’ll also find lists of breweries for a number of cities, lists which include valuable research like whether they serve food and what their hours of operation are. That way, you can make your own hop! We’ll be adding brewery lists for new cities every week, so if you don’t see the city you want to explore on there, contact us and let us know!

We normally have a constantly-updating nationwide event calendar with well-known beer festivals and celebrations across the country all organized in one location– but since COVID-19 has disrupted the festival circuit, the calendar is on hiatus. That said, if you have a virtual festival/event you’d like featured/advertised on the site, let us know!

We also have pieces about beer festivals we’ve attended, wrapping up the experience and shouting out our favorite beers that were served. You can read our coverage of festivals we’ve covered in the past two years, including the Firestone Walker Invitational, Great American Beer Fest, Carnival of Caffeination, Sour Friends Fest, Extreme Beer Fest, and many more!

We have a list of every beer we’ve tried in 2020– we’ve already crossed 650 beers for the year, so see what we’ve had and what we recommend!

We’ll also post occasional blog entries, news stories, and more! Please check out our FAQ, and if you think our site is missing something or contains inaccurate information, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Closures and hour changes are happening rapidly, so before assuming our information is fully accurate, always be sure to double check on the breweries’ social media accounts.

Finally, please sign up for the newsletter below– we haven’t been updating as much during the pandemic for obvious reasons, but when regular updates begin again (and they will soon), signing up for the newsletter is the best way to make sure you don’t miss out.

Thanks so much for visiting– we hope you come back soon, and we hope beer travels return to normal as soon as the world will allow. Cheers!


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