Best Kansas City Beer for the Super Bowl
Team jersey? Check. Lots of snacks? Check. Beer? No Super Bowl extravaganza would be complete without ice-cold beer.
Boulevard Brewing Company
From humble beginnings, Boulevard Brewing has grown into the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest. It focuses on making flavorful beers with the freshest ingredients using new and old brewing techniques. Boulevard also feels a deep responsibility for the planet and has embedded sustainable practices into the day to day operations. In 2011, it officially became a “zero landfill” company by recycling and composting its waste. It also helped found Ripple Glass, a processing facility that has greatly increased glass recycling throughout the metro area. It also uses solar power and their 100% recyclable packaging is made with 70% recycled paper. Enough about the company, more about the beer! Nine ales and lagers are available 365 days a year including their Cosmic IPA and Kansas City Pils. Seasonal offerings include a traditional Irish red ale and a wintery oak-aged scotch ale, appropriately named “Snow and Tell.” Use the handy beer finder to find brews near you.
Casual Animal Brewing
Another Kansas City Brewery that has set out to good while they make beer is Casual Animal Brewing Company. The Local Motive initiative has been a part of the company since its inception and everyone involved with the taproom gets a say in what charities receive support. $2 from each pint sold from the Local Motive “give back tap” goes to a designated local non-profit. The beer and the local beneficiary changes every three months. The non-profits are also invited to host events in the taproom to raise awareness for their cause, anything from a trivia night to a puppy party. The small-batch brews are “fresh as hell” and available for pickup and delivery throughout the Kansas City area. Check out the Bear Hug, a 5.8% multigrain brown ale, and their Slacktivist, a 6.2% Saison. If you’re not a beer lover, there’s also a hard cider and a pomegranate-orange hard seltzer.
Double Shift Brewing Company
In the Crossroads Arts District, Double Shift Brewing has been delighting Kansas City residents with their small-batch beers. The beer enthusiasts behind Double Shift are passionate brewers by day with “second shift” jobs by night. The team has led double lives as musicians, tattoo artists, and firefighters over the years. Their experiences from their second lives have deeply influenced the far-out sudsy creations available for pickup or socially-distanced taproom imbibing. The Bring Out Your Dead blonde ale has notes of coffee, cacao nibs, and vanilla bean. The Fetching Spirits imperial brown ale showcases pecan, cinnamon, and brown sugar flavors.
Fringe Beerworks ended the local brew drought in Lee’s Summit in 2016. Founders Mark Myers and Eddie Pease had been brewing on their own time for 25 years before opening their joint to the public. Their handcrafted beers are made in small batches to ensure freshness and their offerings rotate frequently so you’ll never get bored. The Legume Bros., just one of the three current stouts, features peanut butter and salted caramel. Peanut butter and beer? What’s not to love? The rest of the menu includes IPAs, blonde ales, sours and even an English bitter. Non-beer drinkers can enjoy a cider on tap or either of the hard seltzers which come in grape and prickly pear flavors.
In the famous Stockyard District that made Kansas City the go-to cattle destination in days of yore, sits an unpretentious brewing company making beer for hardworking locals. Stockyards Brewing Company started reinvigorating the historic area in 2016 and has been a Kansas City favorite ever since. The team has a deep appreciation for Kansas City’s integral part in the country’s westward expansion and create their beer in homage, where “hops meet heritage.” They’re currently open for to-go service Thursday-Saturday, so be sure to stock up ahead of the big game. Pick up a pack of the West Bottom IPA with its tropical fruit notes and gentle balance of bitter and sweetness or the Spirit Cowboy, a beechwood-smoked pilsner with an umami flavor you’ll be craving long after the last drop.
Callsign Brewing is owned by a veteran and honors military heroes with every pint. Each beer is dedicated to the callsign, which is a unique identifier, of lost military aircraft and the brave soldiers who gave their lives for their country. The Superfortress Coconut Brown Ale is a crowd-pleaser, as are the Blonde Bombshell (predictably a blonde ale) and Huey American Wheat. The 10-barrel brewery and taproom always show the Chiefs games and sometimes extend its hours to accommodate game schedules. It’s currently operating at a lowered capacity due to COVID restrictions.