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.