As area businesses cautiously emerge from mandated COVID-19 quarantine and restrictions, a number of breweries throughout greater Kansas City have reopened their taprooms. During the ongoing pandemic, breweries have been financially impacted in multiple ways. Restrictions led to the loss of revenue from taproom beer sales, events and merchandise. Keg sales to restaurants, bars and other wholesale accounts effectively ceased when those businesses shuttered. Further, some third-party distributors cancelled orders for bottled and canned beer destined for liquor stores, supermarkets and other retail outlets. Impacted breweries that sold beer through this channel experienced a sudden drop in wholesale revenue.
In response, local breweries pivoted to sell packaged beer via online orders and curbside pickup at their taprooms or delivery. Many breweries participated in collaborative events, such as Together We Can, inspired by the farmers market model. These stopgap measures helped breweries bring in a fraction of their usual income during the hiatus in taproom sales. In order to survive and retain employees, local breweries need ongoing support from taproom sales and packaged beer sales as they reopen.
Breweries that have reopened taprooms and patios have established safety measures and social distancing protocols in place. Contact the brewery for complete details on current guidelines, including wearing masks, beers on tap and operating hours.
3 Trails Brewing
Located in the heart of historic Independence Square, the taproom at 3 Trails is open seven days a week with beer, mead and cider available (its newest cider is dubbed Chef Pants). Fresh beers available for drinking on-site or to-go include Global Disturbance NEIPA, the popular Trail Dragger Imperial American Stout and Square Ultra Lager.
3 Trails Brewing, 111 N. Main St. Independence, Missouri, 3trailsbrewing.com
Alma Mader Brewing
The tasting room is only open for to-go sales vía curbside delivery until further notice. Current crowlers to go include Overseas Experience NEIPA, One First Anniversary Pilsner, Genre Shift Sour DIPA and Nava Mexican-style Lager.
Alma Mader Brewing, 2635 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri, almamaderbrewing.com
The Big Rip Brewing Co.
This Northtown taproom’s capacity is capped at 50 people (including staff) for now, and the website lists current occupancy numbers in real-time. No bar seating is available, but the taproom and patio offer plenty of options. Kids with adult supervision are welcome, although children must stay at their tables. The tap list features classics such as Delta 88 IPA and Hefe the Killer Hefeweizen. Try Three Beggars Lager to beat the heat.
The Big Rip Brewing Co., 216 E. Ninth Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri, 816.866.0747, bigripbrewing.com
Border Brewing Co.
This East Crossroads brewery opened its patio for table service with service hours announced weekly. Reservations are not required, but may be made online. Online carryout and curbside options remain available at borderbrewco.smartonlineorder.com. Due to limited capacity, no minors are allowed on the patio. Guests will be guided to a table for table service on the patio. Bar service isn’t available. Guests may only enter the taproom to use the restroom facilities. Strawberry Blonde is a refreshing beer for hot weather, and you'll also want to try Ribbon Cutter, a hazy IPA with a hint of raspberry and coriander.
Border Brewing, 406 E. 18th St., Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.315.6807, borderbrewco.com
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Boulevard’s Tours & Recreation Center reopened to the public with some adjustments to its services. The Beer Hall only offers table service at this time, and guests will be greeted and seated by a host. The gift shop has also reopened with updated hours, but the Rec Deck remains closed until further notice. The brewery continues to offer curbside pickup for online orders. “We are requiring our employees to wear masks at all times,” says Amber Ayres, director of Tours & Recreation. “In addition, we’re temporarily suspending tours of the brewery, but look forward to offering guided tastings and other experiences very soon!” Guests to the Tours & Recreation Center must be 21 years or older. Only credit or debit cards will be accepted. Boulevard’s newer offerings include Quirk Spiked & Sparkling Blackberry Sage, Pear Yuzu and Strawberry Lemon & Basil hard seltzers, Chill Vibes sour ale with cucumber and Cherry Lime Radler.
Boulevard Brewing Co., 2534 Madison Ave., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.701.7247, boulevard.com/visit-us/beer-hall
Find a lab partner and head to Downtown Overland Park to explore Brew Lab’s selection of beer and food. Open garage doors allow plenty of fresh air flow. Online ordering for to-go beers is a snap. Brew Lab is also resuming brewing classes and private brewing sessions; the class schedule is available online. Warm weather sippers include Science 106 Lager, Liquid Stimulus Package NEIPA and Frazzled Strawberry Milkshake Hefeweizen. Still prefer to drink at home? Socially Distanced Imperial Stout (13 percent ABV) is a sign of the times described as “the perfect drink for social distancing or anything that doesn’t involve leaving the house.”
Brew Lab, 7925 Marty St., Overland Park, Kansas, 913.400.2343, brewlabkc.com
The spacious and shaded beer garden at Brewery Emperial is open for imbibing, eating, socializing and enjoying fresh air at tables spaced six feet apart. A table reservation may be booked online but isn’t required. A host guides guests to a table, where a server will take your order. Beer and food may also be ordered online for dine-in, pickup and delivery. Kansas City’s original Ginger Shandy, made with 60 pounds of fresh hand-juiced ginger, lemon juice and pure cane sugar, is back on the menu. Gustav Kölsch is another light refresher. Brewery Emperial, joining more than 600 participating breweries worldwide, offers its version of All Together IPA brewed to support craft beer industry workers during the pandemic.
Brewery Emperial, 1829 Oak St., Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, Missouri, breweryemperial.com
The Calibration Brewery taproom plans a grand reopening on June 17 with a new kitchen, CB's Gyros Grill & Brew. Beers to wet your whistle include All Day, All Night Coconut Brown Ale, Golden Slumbers Kölsch/Weiss and Wild Night Cherry Gose Sour.
Calibration Brewery, 119 Armour Road, North Kansas City, Missouri, 816.994.8277, calibrationbrewery.com
Both the taproom and patio at Callsign Brewing are open with a current limit of 25 people (groups may not exceed 10 people). Check out the newly refurbished bar decorated with a landing strip. Fighter Pale Ale, Observer Farmhouse Ale and Pina Colada SMASH Blonde Ale are some of the beers on tap at this military-themed brewery and taproom owned by a veteran.
Callsign Brewing, 1447 Gentry St., North Kansas City, Missouri, callsignbrewing.com
Casual Animal Brewing Co.
The taproom is open to serve guests with limited hours and occupancy. Customers who plan to drink on premise will be required to have at least one person per group “sign-in” following the city’s protocol with their name and contact information. Curbside and delivery orders will continue. The brewery’s current COVD-19 response updates are available online. Check out Gazoontight Guave Mango Sour, Zappa Alpaca IPA, Hop the Fence India Pale Lager and Hydropower Strawberry Lemon Hard Seltzer, if you’re a seltzer fan.
Casual Animal Brewing Co., 1725 McGee St., Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.214.5388, casualanimalbrewing.com
Cinder Block Brewery
Curbside pickup for online orders continues. The patio reopens on Fri., June 5, and a reopening date hasn’t been announced yet for the taproom. In addition to classics like Block IPA and Northtown Native, explore Casually Commingle 2 Sour Ale and Mai Tai Wheat. Housemade ciders are also available.
Cinder Block Brewery, 110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri, 816.298.6555, cinderblockbrewery.com
City Barrel Brewery + Kitchen
The craft beer brewery, restaurant and taproom is once again open for dine-in service with limited capacity. New seating arrangements have been established to observe social distancing, and a host will seat guests. Table reservations and online ordering for curbside pickup is available via the website; call upon arrival for curbside delivery of pickup orders. Check out Six Feet Apart Or Six Feet Under IPA or the ambitious Strawbizzle IPA, a double dry-hopped fruited sour IPA with lactose for that hazy milkshake character. Adulting is an easy-drinking, less complicated Japanese rice lager. Come hungry! Executive chef Benjamin Wood was just honored in the Feast 50 Awards as a Rising Star chef.
City Barrel Brewery + Kitchen, 1740 Holmes St., Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.298.7008, citybarrelbrewing.com
Diametric Brewing Co.
Diametric created and organized the Together We Can series of packaged beer events during the pandemic. The events aided breweries that needed to sell beer and generate revenue when traditional options ceased. The brewery’s taproom has yet to open, but guests can relax on the patio with a scenic pond and landscape as a backdrop. Online orders are available to take favorite beers home. The election varies weekly, but shoot for a sour ale, Gose, grisette and hazy IPA.
Diametric Brewing Co., 949 NE Columbus St., Lees Summit, Missouri, diametricbrewing.com
Double Shift Brewing
The taproom at Double Shift is open Friday through Sunday with an updated menu, hours and guidelines. A server will provide table service and take beer orders after seating guests; no self-service is available at the bar. The brewery recently released its new Maibock, Abbot. Nevertheless, She Brewed is a dry-hopped sour ale with lime, mango and passionfruit brewed with members from the local Pink Boots Society Kansas City Chapter. Online orders may be placed for curbside pickup at doubleshiftbrewing.square.site or by calling ahead.
Double Shift Brewing Co., 412 E. 18th St., Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.304.7028, doubleshiftbrewing.com
East Forty Brewing
Based in Eastern Jackson County, this hometown brewery is now open with limited indoor capacity (38 people), expanded outdoor seating (group size limited to 10 people), curbside pickup for online orders and delivery. Reservations are strongly encouraged. The brewery asks that all guests wear face masks except when seated at a table. Beers on tap range from Sunrise Saison with ginger and citrus to Second Breakfast Porter and Right Track IPA.
East Forty Brewing, 1201 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri, 816.988.8217, eastfortybrewing.com
The brewery and taproom return to normal hours with an indoor capacity of 25 people. Curbside and carryout will still be available. Quench your thirst with Pineapple Whip NEIPA, Madam X (with coffee and coconut) Milk Stout and the popular Freshly Squeezed Grapefruit Wheat.
Fringe Brewing, 224 SE Douglas St., Lee's Summit, Missouri, 816.600.2552, fringebeerworks.com
Green Room Burgers and Beer
This charming burger eatery, nanobrewery and taproom is open to the public for patio dining and carryout. Call in, order online or walk up to the patio window to order.
Green Room Burgers and Beer, 4010 Pennsylvania Ave., Ste D, Westport, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.216.7682, greenroomkc.com
KC Bier Co.
KC Bier’s Bierhalle and Biergarten is now open with limited seating and service. Beer is served by the glass for table service. Packaged beer and growlers may be purchased to go. The kitchen is not slated to reopen until June 11, but guests may bring food to the Biergarten or have it delivered. Tours, events and live music are not offered at this time; full guidelines are posted online. German-style beers to savor include Maibock, Der Bauer Farmhouse Ale, limited release Blessed Doppelbock Lager and year-round faves like Pils and Dunkel.
Kansas City Bier Co., 310 W. 79th St., Waldo, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.214.8691, kcbier.com
The taproom at Limitless Brewing is back open. Rejoice and don’t be a sourpuss, especially when trying their newest release: Poker Face Lemon Lime Sour, made with Key lime and cheesecake. Other offerings sound thirst-quenching like Joco Juice Hazy IPA, Shake It Off Pineapple Cream Ale and Life & Love Hazy IPA. To-go orders may be placed online or via text.
Limitless Brewing, 9765 Widmer Road, Lenexa, Kansas, 913.526.3258, limitlessbrewing.com
Martin City Brewing Co.
Taprooms at all Martin City locations are open; reservations are advised for the Mission Farms location, but not necessary for other locations. Upon arrival, a host who will take the temperature of guests with a contactless infrared thermometer (staff undergo this procedure daily for safety measures). The host will then seat guests at tables. Full current guidelines are listed online. Popular beers include Hard Way IPA and Easy Way IPA. Sip on Block Party Lemon Strawberry Ale for light refreshment. Hop-loving IPA fans should seek out limited-release Double Secret Hard Way IPA. martincitybrewingcompany.com
MCBC Pizza & Taproom, 410 E. 135th St., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.268.2222
MCBC Original GastroPub, 500 E. 135th St., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.268.2222
MCBC Pizza & Taproom, 354 SW Blue Pkwy., Lee’s Summit, Missouri, 816.434.5100
MCBC Pizza & Taproom Mission Farms, 4000 Indian Creek Pkwy., Overland Park, Kansas, 913.387.4344
Kansas City’s newest brewery, taproom and tavern recently opened in the East Crossroads. The roomy taproom offers ample space between tables for social distancing. A limited supply of canned beer is available for online ordering and curbside pickup. Various beer styles, such as fruited sours, Gose and hazy IPA, sell quickly at the one-barrel nanobrewery. The taproom also serves local wine, cocktails and other non-beer beverages.
Nimble Brewing, 1735 Oak St., Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.787.1822, nimblebrewing.com
Not Lost Brewing
Not Lost is offering limited seating (each table limited to six people) with social distancing available in its small taproom. Taproom guests must be seated at a table, and to-go beer is available in 32-ounce growlers. Order online. The taproom is closed June 3 through 7.
Not Lost Brewing, 229 S Main St., Ottawa, Kansas, 785.214.4259, notlostbrewing.com
Outfield Beer Co.
Outfield offers taproom seating with table service and to-go sales from Thursday through Sunday. Online orders for curbside pickup are also available. The brewery has ample outdoor seating on its shaded patio as well. The current menu includes Cool Papa Pils, Lake of the Forest Monster America IPA, and Infield-Mix, a rare Bavarian-style steam beer.
Outfield Beer Co., 10953 Kaw Dr., Edwardsville, Kansas, 913.276.0142, outfieldbeer.com
Red Crow Brewing
There’s plenty of space and fresh air to enjoy in Red Crow's cavernous taproom and spacious patio. Order online for curbside beer and food pick-up. Check the Facebook page for menu items prepared by the Casual Foodie food truck. The beers are named for strong women in both families that own the brewery; for instance, Isabelle Belgian Blonde is a distinctly spicy Belgian-style ale.
Red Crow Brewing, 1062 W. Santa Fe St., Olathe, Kansas, 913.440.9852, redcrowbrew.com
Rochester Brewing and Roasting Co.
Spread out and relax at Rochester, whether sipping on coffee or beer (or both). The venue’s 1,200 square-foot taproom/café and 1,400 square-foot event space is roomy enough for social distancing. Limited breakfast burritos, quiche and sandwiches are available for hungry guests. The newest beer on tap is Coffea Arabica Ale made with Ethiopian coffee roasted in house. Other selections include Peach Gose Sour and tropical fruity Convergence NEIPA. Full guidelines on reopening are posted online.
Rochester Brewing and Roasting Co., 2120 Washington St., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.216.7181, rochesterkc.com
The taproom at the new Rockcreek Brewing officially opens on June 4. To adapt to pandemic restrictions, Rockcreek removed some tables indoors to create additional spacing. The brewery also “worked with the City of Mission and the State of Kansas to allow guests to have beers on our paved outdoor area.” Sip like royalty on the King’s Brew Imperial Stout, a new release.
Rockcreek Brewing Co., 5880 Beverly Ave., Mission, Kansas, 913.218.0017, facebook.com/rockcreekbrewingco/
The brewery opens its Mission, Kansas, taproom for seating on June 5 for up to 24 people (staff not included). While full bar service is not available yet, guests may sign up for a reservations-only tasting experience ($15, 1.75 hours per reservation). Guests receive a Brewmaster's Flight of four 5-ounce pours of beer and have a chance to chat with staff about Sandhills’ beers. Beer samples are not available, but the taproom offers five-ounce pours. Sandhills has also opened its Hutchinson, Kansas, taproom with limited capacity. RSVP here.
Sandhills Brewing, 5612 Johnson Dr., Mission, Kansas, sandhillsbrewing.com
Servaes Brewing Co.
The taproom returns to its regular hours with fresh beers on tap, such as Like Butterflies Rainbow Sorbet Sour Witbier, Sour Milkshake Secrets - Piña Colada, and Your Light Made Us Stars - Peach Plum Saison. Bar seating is prohibited but tables and chairs will be available with social distancing in place. In honor of Pride month, the brewery has a June 5 release planned for Love is Love, which “features fruit of every color under the rainbow” with flavors of cherry, orange, lemon, lime, blueberry, plum and grape. Pre-order for curbside pickup will go live at 8pm Thursday at brewedbyagirl.com, where online orders may be also made for current beers on tap.
Servaes Brewing, 10921 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, Kansas, servaesbrewco.com
Torn Label Brewing Co.
The taproom is open for patio service only with tables spaced 10 feet apart (no dogs allowed at this time). No bar service is available; beer may be ordered online for curbside pickup. Full details and current hours are posted online. New offering Golden Garden Grisette presents “aromas of spice, hay, and dried flowers. Graham cracker gives way to white pepper and lemon zest on your palate thanks to farmhouse yeast.” Other options include Corvino Pivo Lager, Hang’em High IPA Batch #33 and classic Alpha Pale Ale.
Torn Label Brewing Co., 1708 Campbell St., Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, Missouri, tornlabelbrewingco.square.site
Transport Brewing Co.
Transport is open for service in its taproom, and curbside pickup also available. The current tap list includes The Jersey Schwarz Black Ale/Schwarzbier, Lake Quivira Light American Light Lager and Car Hop Cherry Lime Berliner Weisse. Check the website and Facebook page for food truck options on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Transport Brewing Company, 11113 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, Kansas, 913.766.6673, transportbrewery.com
Wind Shift Brewing Co.
Owners Lynn and brewer Tony DiPlacito have opened the patio at their cozy brewery; plans to open the taproom haven’t been announced yet. Ease into a summer state of mind with Strawberry Basil Berliner Weisse, Key Lime Pie Berliner Weisse or the African Queen Pale Ale, featuring a South African hop that produces notes of blueberry, stone fruit, gooseberry and lemongrass. Check out the updated oceanic-themed wall mural, too. Carryout is also available.
Wind Shift Brewing, 3421B NW Jefferson St., Blue Springs, Missouri, 816.786.2699, windshiftbrew.com