Fresh is KC Ale Trail’s weekly roundup of upcoming craft beer releases from area breweries. 

These release notes, beer descriptions, and details are based on information provided to KC Ale Trail by participating breweries. Images courtesy of the brewery.

November 1-7, 2021

BKS Artisan Ales Flower of the Dead
BKS Artisan Ales Space Nelson
Kansas City Bier Company

Schwarzbier – KC Bier releases its winter seasonal bier, “a black lager with smooth malt flavors of roasted coffee and chocolate, moderate bitterness, and a crisp, clean finish.” Made with Munich, Pils, and de-husked roasted barley malts and Perle hops. 5.0% ABV, 25 IBU. 
Release date: November 1. Available in 6-packs and on draught throughout the Kansas City area and at the Bierhalle.

Fields & Ivy Brewery

Prairie Star Porter – Brewery founder Cory Johnston offers these notes to whet your appetite. “Terry Foster, the well-known English beer writer, sublimely describes Porter as ‘a densely-woven tapestry of flavors, surprising and pleasing at every turn.’ Porter was insanely popular in Britain from the mid-1700s until the mid-1800s and powered English brewing through the Industrial Revolution. Prairie Star, Porter is dark brown with ruby highlights, pleasantly smooth and well-balanced flavors of chocolate and coffee.” 6.0 ABV, 33 IBU.
Release date: October 29. Available on draft in the taproom and in retail package stores.

Transparent Brewing

Gypsy Ginger Lager – American Lager with Fresh Ginger. ‘A light, clean-drinking beer with just the right amount of ginger added to give a little extra flavor without going over the top with spice.” 4.5%ABV, 10 IBU.
Available on tap and taproom to-go only.

Pathlight Brewing 

B61: Mosaic Hazy Pale Ale – The latest edition of Pathlight’s B61 single hop series hazy pale ale highlights the flavor of popular Mosaic hops. “Notes of tropical fruit, citrus, and a touch of the floral piney background give this beer complexity of flavor. The golden color and smooth feel make it a hop bomb beer without blowing up your taste buds.” 6.1% ABV. 
Release date: November 4, 2021. Available on tap and in 4-packs (16-oz. cans) to go. 

Music Bingo returns to the taproom on Thursday, 11/4. Name that tune for a chance to win Pathight swag and maybe even beer. La Pasadita, a Mexican food truck, is the featured guest for Friday Night Eats. Under 701 Cafe will serve sandwiches and wraps on Saturday. 

Alma Mader Brewing

Celestial Treat New England-style IPA – “Brewed and dry-hopped with 100-percent Citra, Citra Cryo, and more Citra. Like all great artists, sometimes it’s better to have a solo album every now and then. Citra took the stage and nailed the show.” Notes of “fresh-cut pomelos, tropical fruit, and creamy dankness.” The label glows in the dark. “To get maximum glow, charge up the labels with an LED light then flip off the lights.” 
Released over Halloween weekend. Available in the taproom.

Habit Loop: DDH CITRA New England-style IPA – “Habit Loop is an evolving IPA that is always Citra-focused with a supporting cast of changing hops.” This version is “double dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic, El Dorado, and Motueka, making it ripe with tangerine dreams, peach-pineapple punch, and zesty lime.” Additions of El Dorado and Motueka “elevate the sweet fruit and tropical characteristics even further.”
Released over Halloween weekend. Available in the taproom. 

Kick the Keg Championship Match – City Barrel Brewing vs. Cinder Block Brewery
Friday November 5th, 6pm
Up Down KC, 101 SW Blvd.

In one corner, Cinder Block Brewery, a heavyweight contender from North Kansas City, presents a keg of limited-release beer. Known as one of the first modern craft breweries in the area, Cinder Block is prepared to throw its weight around and knock the block off of its contender. Upstart battler City Barrel Brewing arose from the thirsty streets of the Crossroads. City Barrel brings its wild, sour (beer) disposition and its own keg of limited-release beer to this match. Both kegs will be tapped at 6pm. The first keg to “tap out” will be declared the champion. Fans are invited to show support, order these special releases, and help determine which brewery goes up and which one goes down. Get ready to rummmmm-ble!

Pete DulinPete 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.