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.

October 25-31, 2021

BKS Artisan Ales Flower of the Dead
BKS Artisan Ales Space Nelson

BKS Artisan Ales
Brookside, Kansas City, Missouri

Chilling Thrilling Crispy Pale Ale – 5% ABV. “Pop open a can and taste the chilling thrilling notes of Mosaic, Citra and Zeus hops layered against a simple crackery crisp pilsner malt base.”  

Flower of the Dead Hazy DIPA – 8% ABV. “Named in celebration of Dia de los Muertos, featuring the cempasuchitl (direct translation “flower of the dead”) aka marigold on our label. It’s believed the dead can smell the aroma of the flowers from the afterlife and use it as a way to return home. Hops are flowers so we thought it fitting to build a hazy DIPA with enough aroma to bring the dead back from the afterlife.”

Space Nelson Hazy IPA – 6.5% ABV. “Our beloved good boy Nelson returns. Double dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin and Galaxy hops.”

Release date for all beers: Wednesday, October 27. Available in cans and on tap.

Cinder Block Brewery
North Kansas City, MO

Apeiros Galactic IPA – An American IPA, “Apeiros stands for infinite which is similar to the amount of late-addition space hops we put in this beer. We brewed this beer with Northstar Pilsner malt, and Galaxy, Polaris, Comet, and Southern Cross hops. Blast off with big citrus, grapefruit, and stone fruit flavors right at lift off, and then land with a soft mild bitterness and a touch of malt-like cracker finish. Boldly take your palate where no palate has gone before.”
Release date: Thursday, October 28. Available on tap six-packs (taproom only).

Cinder Block shares the backstory that inspired this beer. Essentially, Colonel Raji Chari (call sign Grinder), brother-in-law of Cinder Block owner Bryce Shaffter, is living out a dream that most people can only imagine by becoming an astronaut.  

“His resume would make anyone blush,” Cinder Block notes. Col. Chari earned master’s degrees from the Air Force Academy and MIT, became a veteran F-15E fighter pilot, and earned test pilot squadron commander F-35 certification. Further, he is NASA’s first rookie commander since 1973 as part of the Artemis program. Cinder Block salutes Col. Chari, “We couldn’t be prouder to wish Raji safe travels to the ISS for a six-month stay before returning back to Earth.”

Save the date: Friday, November 26 – Black Squirrel Bourbon Barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout release on draft and bottles.

Red Sash Brewing
Kansas City, Missouri

Frag Out Belgian Tripel – The first of two Thirsty Thursday double releases, this tripel is “a marriage of spices and cloves with a boozy finish.” 8.5% ABV, 20 IBU.
Release date: Thursday, October 28. Available on tap. 

Mango Milkshake Death Blossom IPA – “We took our Death Blossom Juicy IPA and added vanilla and mango puree for this Milkshake IPA.”
Release date: Thursday, October 28. Only five gallons are available. On tap. 

Blood Raven Fruited Lager – A special tapping for the brewery’s Halloween party, Lost Raven Lager includes the addition of cherry, rhubarb, and strawberry fruit puree for a bloody red-colored Halloween beer. Holiday specials include $6 pours of Who Ate the Charms? Cherry Pie Dessert Sour all day. Visit for the costume contest, games, horror movies and spooky tunes playing all day.
Release date: Saturday, October 30. Available on tap. 

Transport Brewery
Shawnee, Kansas

Trop Queen Hazy New England IPA leads off with a blend of Citra, Mosaic, El Dorado and Azacca hops. Flavors to anticipate include “citrus, stone fruit, and an all-around juicy dankness” coupled with a “pleasant aroma and low bitterness” in this popular IPA at Transport. 7.1% ABV, 50 IBU.
Release date: Monday, October 25. Available on tap and packaged. 

Mahomies Heaven Belgian Table Beer – “Originally named Monks Heaven, this beer adopted a slight name change to Mahomies Heaven to commemorate a record breaking 2019-2020 season and championship win by the Kansas City Chiefs,” notes the brewery. If only we could turn back time… At 4.5% ABV and 22 IBU, this session beer emulates “the light ale traditionally brewed by monks made for drinking at any time.” Light additions of Belgian and German hop varieties contribute a light hoppiness, while “subtle sweetness comes from the addition of Belgian candied sugar.”
Release date: Thursday, October 28. Available on tap and packaged. 

Debockle Doppelbock – “Packed with caramel sweetness, dark fruit and nut flavors that balance out the all-around maltiness from Munich malts. A velvety mouthfeel and a stemmed bulbous glass make this the perfect fireside beer.” Smooth even at  9.5% ABV, 25 IBU.
Release date: Saturday, October 30. Available on tap and packaged.  

Pumpkin The Brakes, Pumpkin Coffee Stout – Transport serves a “bold and full-bodied hybrid stout,” where milk stout meets oatmeal stout, for its annual Halloween release. “Brewed with locally-roasted coffee beans from SWAY coffee roasters. Additional pumpkin spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla underscore the autumnal vibe and pay homage to the perfect pumpkin spice latte but in beer form. “Best enjoyed cold when served in a Transport campfire coffee mug,” the brewery suggests. 6.5% ABV
Release date: Sunday, October 31. Available in 4-packs only.

Free State Brewing Company
Lawrence, Kansas

Alley-oop DunkelThis Munich-style dunkel is made with Pilsner and Munich malts that “bring rich maltiness to this dark lager with German origins. Bready, chocolaty, and smooth,” says head brewer Geoff Deman. 5.6% ABV, 19 IBU. The packaging design for Alley-oop Dunkel, created by 88 Design Group in Lawrence, won top honors at the 2021 Craft Beer Marketing Awards. KC Ale Trail has the details.
Release date: Thursday, October 21, 2021. Available through January 2022 in six-packs and on draft.

Belgian Waffle Ride Badass AleA Belgian Quadruple (11.7% ABV, 18 IBU) “brewed to commemorate the Belgian Waffle Ride Kansas, being the fourth and final stop of the Quadrupel Crown of Gravel. The bottle-conditioned Quad will be given to finishers of the brutal, 111-mile gravel bike race through rolling hills north of Lawrence.”
Release dates: Tuesday, October 26, on draft at Free State’s Original Brewery and Restaurant (636 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS). Friday, October 29, the beer will also be available at the BWR Street Party on 8th Street in front of Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Shop (804 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS), featuring a concert by Michael Franti Trio at 5:30 pm. Concert tickets available at Sunflower.

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.