Brewery-in-planning Vine Street Brewing, homebrewers Shark Girl Brewing and Fustercluck Brewing, and several breweries are some of the 20-plus destinations to explore at the Sixth Annual Pint Path. The pub crawl-style event in North Kansas City takes place on Saturday, September 25th, noon to 5 pm.
Pint Path features specials from more than 20 participating restaurants, breweries, bars, retailers, and small businesses. Destinations include Velo Garage & Taphouse, The Big Rip Brewing Company, Cinder Block Brewery, Calibration Brewery, Tap Shack in the Iron District, Pat’s Pub, Driftwood Ceramics, The Brewkery, and Screenland Armour. Pub crawlers can enjoy beer, wine, cocktails, and free beer from local homebrewers and various stops. Businesses will also distribute prizes throughout the day.
Sail Away Wine makes its first appearance on the Pint Path as a recently-opened business. “As a place with wine in the name, we don’t blame people for not noticing our canned and bottled beer selection. But we put the same thought and dedication to exploration into our beers as we do our wine,” says owner Russ Johnson. “Our values of exploration and discovery are right in line with the idea of a beer journey. Sail Away is a great place on the Pint Path to discover our spot and enjoy great beer, wine, and food. We’re excited to welcome them.”
“Pint Path is a great way to showcase the wonderful storefronts we help promote all year with the RiverNorth Business League and how easy it is to bike, use a scooter, or walk around North Kansas City,” founder of Pint Path NKC Joe Gauer stated in a release. “We look forward to having people explore our fun town during Pint Path.”
Other activities include a Fun Ride by bicycle ($5 additional ticket) that spans the flat streets of North Kansas City. Funds raised from Fun Ride ticket sales support RiverNorth KC, a nonprofit representing the small, locally-owned shops of North Kansas City. Riders may get their maps stamped at select Pint Path stops to receive specials and exclusive prizes, including gift cards from Velo Garage & Tap House.
This year’s Pint Path welcomes back homebrewer Shark Girl Brewing and marks the debut appearance of Fustercluck Brewing and brewery-in-planning Vine Street Brewing which anticipates opening in February of 2022 in the 18th and Vine District.
SHARK GIRL BREWING
Homebrewer and shark nerd Chandra Lane of Shark Girl Brewing gained local fans with her Waffle Ale, voted one of the Best Local Specialty Beers by The Pitch. Shark Girl Brewing makes its second appearance at Pint Path this year with Narwhal Strawberry Milkshake IPA and Sunset Grapefruit Ale on tap.
“My goal is to make unique beers that defy standards. I am not a beer snob,” Lane says. “I want to make fun, unique beers that stand on their own. Taste and experience are more important to me than following traditions or strict style guidelines.”
Lane and ex-husband Steve Sirois founded Callsign Brewing. Sirois still operates the brewery with a new location forthcoming in North Kansas City. Lane has been involved with homebrewing and craft brewing for eight years, working on both a 10-barrel brewhouse system and a five-gallon homebrewing setup. She collaborated with Rodney Beagle on Callsign’s Pumpkin Pie Ale and Berry Truffle Stout.
“Once the brewery opened and I started running the taproom, I knew that this was a place I belonged. I wanted to learn everything I could,” Lane says. “I had some learning curves to be sure. When I make a beer recipe, I build for the final flavor profile that I am trying to accomplish. Wild, new, and exciting flavors are the rage in craft beer right now and I love it.”
VINE STREET BREWING
Woodie Bonds, Kemet Coleman, and Elliot Ivory of brewery-in-planning Vine Street Brewing generated lots of buzz and press when they announced plans to open a brewery in the historic 18th and Vine District. Vine Street Brewing’s opening in early 2022 will be the first black-owned brewery in the history of Kansas City. Until then, pub crawlers can sample their homebrewed beer at their Pint Path debut.
FusterCluck Brewing formed from a group of friends who have brewed together in garages for eight years. Homebrewing allows for wild experimentation. Fustercluck Brewing doesn’t hold back. Past beers have included Beast from the East India Pale Ale, Pineapple Crush New England IPA, and Strawberry American Pale Ale. Check them out at Pint Path to see what they’ll pour at their first appearance.
Images courtesy of Pint Path NKC, Shark Girl Brewing, and Vine Street Brewing.
Pete Dulin is the founder and editor of kcaletrail.com. 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.