Parkville Microbrew Fest returns to English Landing Park on Saturday, October 16th, with breweries from Kansas City, St. Louis, Cedar Rapids and Sioux Falls, Iowa, and several other Midwest cities. Festival admission includes a commemorative logo tasting glass, live music, and plenty of beer to sample. Gates open at 11 am and beer sampling runs 1-5 pm. Meet five of the many breweries heading to Parkville this weekend. 

Jolly Fox BreweryJolly Fox Brewery – Pittsburg, KS

Joel Stewart founded Jolly Fox Brewery in October of 2019 in Pittsburg, home of Pittsburg State University in the southeast corner of Kansas. Stewart says, “We focus more on clean, easy- drinking beers with some sour and barrel-aged varieties. Our restaurant focuses on smoking meat in house and more of a made-from-scratch focus on food.”

“Crisp and Cozy Brown Ale is a regional favorite with nice malt and notes of chocolate and coffee,” Stewart says. “It has turned into a year-round brew. Stargazer IPA is dry-hopped with Kohatu hops to give a good orange peel flavor. It’s little different from most other IPAs. It’s a refreshing IPA at 60 IBUs and 6% ABV.”

Jolly Fox has distribution throughout Kansas and Missouri and continues to grow its distribution footprint.

The Angry Swede Brewing Company – St. Joseph, MO

The Angry Swede Brewing CompanyOwner-brewer Mike Olinger worked at Boehringer Ingelheim and did aerobic fermentation before opening The Angry Swede Brewing Company in April of 2020. Initially, the brewery only offered growler fills during the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Located in the former two-storyProvident Bank Building and former home to 1785 Cuban restaurant, The Angry Swede now operates as a full-blown nanobrewery and taproom with a basement speakeasy serving wine and cocktails. 

“I’ll be serving my Foggy Fjord IPA, a New England Hazy IPA, double dry hopped,” Olinger says. “The Valkyrie Vanilla Porter is dark and smooth with a decent amount of vanilla flavor. Battle Axe Apple Black is a green apple and blackberry sour.”

Grains & Taps Brewery and Taproom – Lee’s Summit, MO 

Grains and Taps Brewery and TaproomFriends and homebrewers Brad Boehm and Brian Bixby opened Grains & Taps as a homebrew supply store and taproom before adding a nanobrewery to the business in Downtown Lee’s Summit. Since then, the owners split operations into two locations. Grains & Taps Brewery and Taproom serves house-brewed beers and pizza. The retail homebrew supply store occupies a nearby storefront. 

At the Parkville Microbrew Festival, Grains and Taps will pour Jet Chip Wasp Amber Ale, Neon Kittens New England IPA dry-hopped with Citra hops, and Blackberry Raspberry Milkshake IPA made with lactose, vanilla, and berries. Aphoristic Chocolate Mint Oatmeal Stout began as the brewery’s Aphoristic Oatmeal Stout base before it rested on peppermint and cacao to yield a chocolate peppermint candy-flavored treat. 

Transparent Brewing – Grandview, MO

Transparent Brewing CompanyTransparent Brewing launched in August of 2020 “with an emphasis on more balanced beers you are guaranteed to find something on tap that you enjoy,” says brewery owner and lead brewer Nolan Brown. “With farm-to-table restaurant The Chive, Simply Good, in house, you will discover food and drink that you love with every visit.”

Transparent will pour Victory Sweater Wet Hop IPA made with “a healthy dose of Kansas Hop Company’s freshly harvested Triumph and Cashmere hops,” Brown says. “The hops make up the wonderful flavors present in this wet-hopped IPA. Fruity and floral with a light hoppy finish, this beer will make you feel warm and cozy all over.” Also look for Festive Fraulein Festbier made with Pilsner, Vienna and Munich malts. Brown says, “With a golden hue, you will find a nice toasty, floral nose. It drinks crisp and malty with a creamy finish.”

Windshift Brewing – Blue Springs, MO

Wind Shift Brewing Company logoTony and Lynn DiPlacito run Windshift Brewing, a cozy brewery and taproom in Blue Springs, where you can try adventurous limited-release beers on Small Batch Sunday. This weekend at Parkville, the brewery will pour Lavender Euro Dark Lager that bears a hint of lavender flavor and aroma that dances atop balanced malt in this light, refreshing lager. Also on tap is Wall Cloud Russian Imperial Stout and Lemon Lime Cyser, a type of mead that typically uses apple juice or apple cider instead of honey as the source of sugar. Lost in the Clouds, a hazy New England-style pale ale, is a showcase for the “generous amounts of Simcoe and El Dorado hops,” says brewer Tony DiPlacito. 


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.