In May 2016, the 130-year-old Bedinger Building next to Rock & Run Brewery and Pub unexpectedly collapsed. Rock & Run, established in 2013 at 110 E. Kansas St. just off the historic square in Liberty, Missouri, is named for the passions of its co-owners Gene DeClue, a bassist in a local rock ‘n’ roll cover band, and Dan Hatcher, a long-distance runner. After the collapse, Rock & Run temporarily ceased operations as authorities assessed the damage.
However, The Bell restaurant and bar, located on the opposite side of Rock & Run, had been vacant since November 2015. DeClue and Hatcher negotiated a deal in May to transfer Rock & Run’s kitchen, restaurant and taproom into the former restaurant. The brewery gained a patio and prime corner location, as well as the chance to reboot its brewing operations. In September, the co-owners began renovations to join the two spaces and expand the kitchen, with more construction planned on its brewhouse later this year.
Shortly after reopening, Rock & Run announced plans to open a production brewery in Kearney, Missouri, located just 15 minutes away, moving Rock & Run’s existing 3-barrel brewhouse to the former J & K Automotive Service building. The production brewery features a small taproom and beer garden, but its primary function is to increase production for both locations, with the eventual hope of installing a canning line and expanding distribution within the next few years.
In the meantime, fans of the brewery’s popular Liberty² golden ale and 5K IPA (two of five flagship beers) can get their fill at the taproom in Liberty. Be sure to also seek out Rock & Run’s seasonals, including Saminator quad IPA, Choc-O-Wheat and Cherry Bomb Wheat. (Photo by Pete Dulin)
Rock & Run Brewery and Pub, 110 E. Kansas St., Liberty, Missouri, 816.415.2337, rockandrunbrewery.com