Road Trippin' | Your Iowa Beer Blog Guide to Two Days in Kansas City - The Iowa Beer Blog

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Road Trippin' | Your Iowa Beer Blog Guide to Two Days in Kansas City


The next stop on our Road Trippin' series is the home of Jack Stack's BBQ and the party times at the Power and Light District. While not as well known for craft beer as Missouri's other mega city, St. Louis, there's still plenty to partake.

We'll start the trip the furthest from the city at Crane Brewing for some clean, rustic brews. Here's a tasty list of Farmhouse Ales, Gose, Berliner sours and a NE Style IPA. There's a lot of reclaimed wood and a gravel driveway. You'll feel like you never left Iowa.

Next, we'll venture over to BKS Artisan Ales as we head West towards downtown KC. This a a new brewery/taproom opening late 2017. BKS is open limited hours as they work to keep up with demand so we have to arrive between noon and 7PM on Saturday or noon to 5 pm on Sunday. I'm all in on the Tiny Clouds NE Style IPA or their milk stout Holstein with maple, bacon and coffee added.

From BKS, we have a handful of options to grab a burger and some brews. There's the Green Room Burgers and Beer, a HopCat and the Beer Kitchen all on our way towards downtown. That's enough beer to get to Crowne Center and call it a day.

When you think Kansas City beer, you think Boulevard. Staying at or near Crown Center puts you in walking distance of the Boulevard Beer Hall. Opening at 10am and next to the brewery (if tours are your thing) the Hall is a massive place to celebrate your trip and their beer. There's usually 20-25 of their beers on tap including flagships like KC Pils and one-off test batches like a smoked Bock or hoppy Helles.

We'll next move to another chain-type beer bar, Flying Saucer. Here is 100's of beers on tap and in bottle and we can really get a taste of the local and brews exclusively distributed to Missouri. I'm down with some 4 Hands on tap.

Finally, the last stop just slightly West of Flying Saucer is Torn Label Brewing. Established in 2014, the brewery is gaining notice with their recent release of NE Style IPAs. Look for Lup Sup, 2-5 Alpha Ale or Mr. Hopadopalous.

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