KC Ale Trail exists to explore local craft beer and its culture and community. The site is a dedicated online source for stories, news, events, profiles, and travel guides to craft breweries in Kansas City and other local/regional destinations. Over time, we will help advance growth in the craft beer industry, connect communities and craft beer brands, and increase craft beer education for consumers.

Beer is social by nature. More than a beverage, beer is also a cultural and social force. It connects and unites us as a community that can foster and influence positive change. KC Ale Trail aims to be a resource and partner with the craft beer community. 

Welcome to Kansas City Ale Trail. KC Ale Trail originated in 2014 as a first-edition book that is now out-of-print. Kansas City-based food and beer writer Pete Dulin published KC Ale Trail as a craft beer guide to breweries in Kansas City and Springfield, Missouri, and Lawrence, Topeka, and Manhattan, Kansas. The book was inspired by the 25th anniversaries of Boulevard Brewing Company and Free State Brewing Company in 2014. Serving as a snapshot, the book featured profiles of 23 craft breweries that had opened and operated in these cities at that time.

Many local and regional breweries have opened and closed during the early 21st century boom of modern craft brewing. Rather than publish a second updated edition of the book that would also grow outdated, KC Ale Trail serves as an online resource for craft beer news and stories in Kansas City and the surrounding region. 

Pete Dulin is the founder and editor behind kcaletrail.com as well as the author of KC Ale Trail. He has also published Kansas City Beer: A History of Brewing in the Heartland and Expedition of Thirst: Exploring Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries Across the Heart of Kansas and Missouri.

Pete is a writer, editor, and speaker who has extensively covered food and drink in Kansas City. His work has appeared in KCUR.org, Kansas City Magazine, The Kansas City Star, Feast Magazine, River Front Times, Northland Lifestyle, Thinking Bigger business magazine, Flatland’s weekly Tap List beer column, Visit KC, Zocalo Public Square, Boston Globe, and numerous other publications and sites.