After months of renovation, Border Brewing is set to re-open on Friday, November 12, 2021, at noon, one block east of their original location in the Crossroads Arts District. The new space features a larger taproom and expanded brewing capacity.

Photographs by Jessica Bloom. 

Border will kick off its grand re-opening with some seasonal options and four flagship beers on tap – Strawberry Blonde, Ribbon Cutter IPA, Patio Pale Ale, and Shiftie IPA.

Owner-brewer Eric Martens, a former homebrewer, Kansas State University graduate, and former chemical engineer at Burns & McDonnell, left his job in September of 2014 after six years to pursue the dream of opening his own business. Border’s debut in 2015 led the wave of breweries that opened in the East Crossroads. The recent move finds Border keeping good company in the district. Torn Label Brewing, Double Shift Brewing, City Barrel, Brewery Emperial, Casual Animal Brewing, Red Sash Brewing, and Nimble Brewing now populate the Crossroads along with two distilleries and a winery.

“We’re very excited that we were able to stay in the East Crossroads with all of the other breweries and alcohol producers down here,” says Martens. “We’d been looking to grow for a few years, but my top priority was staying in this neighborhood. We are in great company here, and our neighbors have been exceptionally supportive of us during this relocation. We’re also excited to be able to do more events and other things that were limited at our previous location due to space restrictions.”

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Taproom manager Jessica Bloom, who assisted with renovations, continues in her role as a key team member. Once fully-finished, the space will retain an artistic-industrial feel that honors the Crossroads warehousing and artist gallery roots. The new taproom’s handmade 42-foot bar is made from local lumber. Indoor seating capacity expands to 72 guests with ample room to spread out while remaining cozy. A courtyard behind the building is scheduled to open in spring 2022. The production capacity of Border’s brewhouse system more than doubles from three to seven barrels. The space will also house a canning line. 

After Friday’s grand re-opening, Border’s taproom hours will be Sundays from noon to 8 pm, Mondays closed, Tuesdays through Thursdays from 4 to 9 pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 11 pm. 

Border Brewing Company, 512 E. 18th St., Kansas City,

Pete DulinPete Dulin is the founder and editor of His most recent book is Expedition of Thirst: Exploring Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries Across Central Kansas and Missouri. Pete’s other books include Kansas City Beer: A History of Brewing in the Heartland (The History Press, American Palate series), KC Ale Trail (out of print), and Last Bite: 100 Simple Recipes from Kansas City’s Best Chefs and Cooks.