New breweries continue to open across the region, but that's not the only news to shake up the beer scene this year. From local malt, yeast strains and foeders to second locations and collaboration brews, these are the biggest, sudsiest stories of the year.

Writer Pete Dulin is the author of Kansas City Beer: A History of Brewing in the Heartland, KC Ale Trail, and Expedition of Thirst: Exploring Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries Across Central Kansas and Missouri.

Liz Miller is the senior editor of Feast Magazine.

Lillian Stone is a writer based in Springfield, Missouri. Her life revolves almost entirely around her next meal.

Ettie is a writer and blogger in Springfield, Missouri.