Lonely Planet recently rolled out with their list of top places in the United States to travel to in 2014. Falling on that list, Kansas City drew attention for its hundreds of fountains, mouth-watering barbecue, historic architecture, jazz scene and middle of America spirit. And the spirits of Kansas City certainly make a trip to America’s middle worth it. Kansas City is home to a number of breweries and brewpubs with their own crisp and clean finishes. If you are considering trying out Kansas City in 2014, here are a few breweries you won’t want to pass up a pint at on your visit.
75th Street Brewery: Claiming the title of Kansas City’s first brewpub, 75th Street Brewery (pictured) began in 1993. It sets up in the historic Waldo district of Kansas City. Its brews have those hints of global pints from England, Germany and Ireland. The 75th Street Brewery in Kansas City takes pride in serving up beers with no additives or preservatives. The brewery has beer gardens on site where you can enjoy a pint as you might in those over the pond in Germany.
Boulevard Brewing Company: The big cheese of Kansas City’s breweries is easily Boulevard Brewing Company. Boulevard has been churning out fine ales and lagers in the Midwest since 1989. It all began when founder John McDonald started construction on the brewery in Kansas City’s Southwest Boulevard. From selling beer out of his truck to restaurants to the full-blown operation Boulevard is today, you can walk through the brewery’s history on one of its tours. Boulevard Brewing Company offers free public tours, lasting about 45 minutes. The free tour takes visitors through the production facility and concludes in the tasting room where you can sample Boulevard brews. You can also sign up for more private, behind the scenes tours of the brewery. To date, Boulevard is the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest.
McCoy’s Public House
: When you walk into McCoy’s Public House, it has the air of being the neighborhood tavern. Located in the Westport area of Kansas City, once the western-most settlement in the United States, McCoy’s serves both food and ale. While known for mac and cheese, McCoy’s also produces some of Kansas City’s most beloved brews. For over 15 years, McCoy’s has enlisted brewmaster Keith Thompson to concoct its ales and lagers. McCoy’s boasts countless flagship beers only with seasonal treats throughout the year.
Weston Brewing Company: While not in Kansas City, Weston Brewing Company is worth the hour drive beyond the city limits to Weston, Missouri. The brewery first began in 1842 by German immigrant, John Georgian. It was designed like a cellar deep underground in order to lend the ideal conditions for beer. Proudly toted as one of the first lager breweries in the United States, Weston Brewing Company is also considered the oldest brewery West of the Hudson River. Making the drive proves fruitful due to the brewery’s tasty pints and also unusual location buried deep in the ground. You can take tours of the brewery on Saturday at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tours take visitors through the current brewery, the historic underground cellars, the secret 4th cellar and provides guests with a tasting of Weston’s beers.
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