Kansas City, Missouri Breweries

Brewery Emperial

Brewery Emperial, has rustic, shabby chic vibes with a large outdoor patio. The unique menu features items such as a Tempura Rabbit Roll, Scotch Egg, Mussels in Curry, Rabbit Mole, and a Falafel Burger. Ordering 2 flights, we are able to sample almost all of the 9 beers on tap. Note: unlike most flights, these samples are 8oz.

Border Brewing Company

Border Brewing Company has a small tap-room, outdoor patio, and 10 beers on tap. The Strawberry Blonde instantly became our favorite strawberry beer of all time.

Double Shift Brewing Co.

Across the street from Border Brewing in an old bicycle shop is Double Shift Brewing Co.. This brewery with 90’s vibes has many beers on the sour side.

Casual Animal Brewing Company

After ordering a $9 flight of 5 in the tap-room of Casual Animal Brewing Company, we fill a basket with complimentary peanuts on our way to the small front patio. Being quite hungry when we reach Casual Animal, we can’t name a favorite beer since our flight tasted like peanuts.

Torn Label Brewing Company

Torn Label Brewing Company has a small, dog friendly tap-room. We sample nearly all of the beers on tap by ordering a flight of 5. There are also specialty bottles of beers available. The Quadjillo is delicious.

Boulevard Brewing Company

The 5th largest brewery in the United States, nearly every restaurant has a Boulevard Brewing Company beer on tap in Kansas City.
Brewery tours depart every 15 minutes Monday – Thursday from 10:00am – 4:00pm and Friday – Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm. The $5 tour takes about 45 minutes and includes 3 samples, but participation can earn more. The tour is entertaining, informative, and we highly recommend it.


At an experimental Bar, visitors can test new brews. If the reviews are successful, the beer will be bottled. If it’s not a popular flavor, Boulevard Brewery pretends it never happened. Custom flights are not available on Saturday, but each person can order 2 – 5oz pours.

Strange Days Brewing Company

Strange Days Brewing Company has a selection of globally inspired flavors; an Asian Saizuan with hints of lemongrass, an Australian golden ale, and an Indian Lager. Our favorite by far was the Mango Habanero Gose with the perfect amount of spice. 

North Kansas City

Big Rip Brewing Company

We ride across the Missouri River to the Big Rip Brewing Company in North Kansas City. We can’t quite figured out the vibes of this brewery, but a chain saw hangs from the ceiling and most of the beer labels resemble 80’s movie posters. Barbecue can be order from Hawg Jaw next door and complimentary popcorn is available. Bubba’s Cream Ale with a Hint of Banana is definitely our favorite.

Cinder Block Brewery

Cinder Block Brewery has a lot of space with a large outdoor patio, taproom, and Reclamation event space. The Cinder Block Kitchen food truck is parked on the patio among many corn hole boards, disc golf, picnic tables, and giant Jenga. Sipping a beer on the patio, we listen to live music from nearby Paul & Jack’s Tavern and Chicken N Pickle.

Calibration Brewery

Calibration Brewery has two options for flights of 5; $10 for standard beers or $12 for premium. I am a big fan of the All Day, All Night Coconut Brown Ale and Don’t Crash the Ambulance Chocolate Stout.  This pub has plenty of seating inside and on the outdoor patio. 


August 2018


Author: The Traveling Gingerbread

My fiancé, Mitch, and I have been traveling together over four years. Living and working full-time in Pittsburgh, PA, we travel as much as our vacation days and finances allow. We cram each adventure with activities, tours, and experiences to maximize our time. Any time we travel, we try to visit to a local brewery and can't walk by an Irish pub without stopping in for a pint of Guinness. 
 In Tokyo, we laughed every time we saw someone talking on their large, animated phone case. We had to buy one. Having an obsolete IPhone 5, the selection was limited. We purchased a gingerbread off a neglected rack in Shinjuku, Tokyo and The Traveling Gingerbread was born. You can purchase your own adorable gingerbread friend here! The Traveling Gingerbread is an entertaining account of our travels, fun facts, and tips we learned along the way.

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