Fresh is KC Ale Trail’s weekly roundup of recent and upcoming craft beer releases from local breweries. Sweet and pulpy with a custardy texture when ripe, pawpaw (picture above) is the state fruit tree of Missouri. They’re tasty when eaten raw or added to a custard-type dessert. How do they taste in beer? Head to Sandhills Brewing in Mission to find out. 

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

Sandhills Brewing
Mission, Kansas

PawPaw IPA – A hazy, juicy IPA fermented on locally-picked pawpaw and dry-hopped with Citra, El Dorado, and Sabro. Expect vanilla and rich tropical fruit notes of mango and banana. 6% ABV Release date: October 14, 2021. Available both on tap and growler fills.

Two additional recent releases include Buzzard Black IPA, made with a blend of Pacific Northwest hops, is “rich with a balanced hop bill and resinous finish.” 8.5% ABV. Available on tap.

Raven Imperial Stout was “brewed with chocolate malts, roasted barley, flaked wheat, and bittered with CTZ and Willamette hops.” A rich, roasty beer to savor on cool autumn evenings during the spooky season. 9.5% ABV, 80 IBU. Available on tap. 

Sandhills Brewing pawpaw IPA
Grains and Taps Strother District IPA
Grains and Taps Brewery and Taproom
Lee’s Summit, Missouri

Strother District IPA – This IPA takes its name from the historical township of Strother which would later become known as Lee’s Summit. With 4 pounds of hops per barrel and the use of “C-hop” varieties (Citra, CTZ, Chinook, Centennial), Strother District is a classic version of a West Coast IPA. Grapefruit and pine aromas and flavors dominate the palate with 97 IBUs helping to balance the malt presence. 8.5% ABV. Release date – October 16, 2021. Available on draft only.

While at Grains and Taps, ask about their popular Day Drinking Pass program. Customers collect a stamp on a card each weekend for eight consecutive weeks in order to win prizes and raffle entries.

City Barrel Redrum Black Lager
City Barrel Brewing Company
Kansas City, Missouri
KC Ale Trail Brewery Directory – Crossroads

Good Vibes Only Double IPA – “This hazy IPA is loaded with the legendary Amarillo hop. Brewed with a big ol’ bag of these tasty hops, this IPA is loaded with aromas of orange, grapefruit, melon and peaches.” Hazy orange in appearance, Good Vibes IPA offers “a great balance between sweetness and gentle bitterness with the citrus dankness that seamlessly tames the residual malt sugars needed for a 7.5% ABV IPA. Available on draft and 16-oz. four-pack cans.

REDRUM Black Lager – 6.1% ABV. Brewed in the traditional Schwarzbier style. Aroma: Sweet coffee, raisins/prunes. Roasted coffee flavor. Crisp, light body, low bitterness. City Barrel touts REDRUM as “a great beer for those that like coffee, are stout fans, or someone that wants a more complex malt bill compared to a traditional american lager.”  Available on draft and 16-oz. four-pack cans.

Alma Mader Brewing Company
Westside, Kansas City

IN THE VALLEY – Hazy India Pale Ale – 
An iteration of Alma Mader’s “house-style hazy IPA brewed with loads of Mosaic and Simcoe. Expect soft stone fruit and pineapple punch with a hint of underlying pine, papaya, and dankness for days.” Available on tap. 

WISH YOU WOULD – West Coast-style India Pale Ale – “This IPA is built atop a mountain of Citra, Amarillo, and Nelson Sauvin that reminds us of fresh-cut citrus, Alsatian Riesling, and a sliver of pine/orange pith that keeps the bitterness lingering for just long enough to start thinking about the next sip.” Available on tap. 

SHIFTING SHAPES // West Coast-style Pilsner – Blending New World and Old World, this modern beer is “brewed with German pilsner malt and heavily hopped in the kettle with a blend of German noble hops as well as Citra and Mosaic.” Alma Mader follows cold fermentation with dry-hopping, using “a blend of Citra, Nelson Sauvin, and Mosaic. The nose is reminiscent of bright berries and tangerine, and underlying is a soft floral foundation that reminds you that you’re still in Crispy City.” Available on tap. 

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.