Fresh is KC Ale Trail’s new weekly roundup of upcoming craft beer releases from area breweries. What’s coming to a taproom near you? Is the next must-try beer packaged?

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 11-17, 2021

Pathlight Brewing
Shawnee, Kansas

Wets Hoppenin’ – A wet-hopped hoppy lager (6.4% ABV) that’s “light in color but full of flavor.” Made with hops that “bring out a nose of fresh citrus and finish crisp in true lager fashion. Lemon, Orange, and grapefruit notes can all be savored on the palate.”  Pathlight sourced freshly-harvested Comet hops from Kansas Hop Company in Ottawa, Kansas, noting, “This once-a-year tradition allows us to highlight the hops right after they are harvested.” The beer is lagered for a month as the “hops settle into their own, leaving a crisp and bright fall beer.”
Release date: October 13, 2021. Available both on tap and in 16-oz. four-packs to go.

Lowlife (pictured above) – 5% ABV. A “crispy classic pilsner that’s smooth and easy-drinking with a clean finish.” Brewed with German Pilsner malts and “hopped like an American! Traditionally created but with our own spin. The hops give it slight spice but still leave the beer balanced, smooth, and perfect for tailgating (or kids soccer games).”
Release date: October 14, 2021. Available both on tap and in 16-oz. four-packs to go.

Above: (Left) Ryan Triggs, Kansas Hop Co., co-owner; (Right) Dan Chivetta, Fields & Ivy Brewery, Head Brewer.

Fields and Ivy Brewery
Lawrence, Kansas

’55 Step Side – Wet Hop IPA, Hop Harvest Ale. “Brewed with just-picked Kanook wet hops from Kansas Hop Company in Ottawa, Kansas. Dry-hopped with Kansas Hop Company’s Cascade,” says founder Cory Johnston. “We get bubblegum, strawberry, and stone fruit aroma with a backbone of traditional Cascade-y pine and a well-balanced bitterness. The grain bill is subtle enough to let the ultra-fresh hop character shine but stands up when the beer gets warmer.” 7.1% ABV, 46 IBUs.
Release date: October 8, 2021, at the brewery. October 15, 2021, in stores. Available on draft and 12-oz. stubbie bottles.

Read more about Kansas Hop Company’s 2021 hop harvest. Their fresh hops were used in several beers mentioned in this week’s FRESH roundup.

Transport Brewery
Shawnee, Kansas

Basic Breakfast Blond – This Coffee Blond Ale is “smooth, creamy and roast forward.” Made with a special blend of coffee sourced from Rochester Brewing & Roasting. Transport’s notes: “While the coffee aroma is the first thing you’ll notice, this brew also delivers a hint of sweetness with a clean dry finish.”
Release date: October 9, 2021. On Tap and available in 25.4-oz crowlers to go.

Boulevard Brewing Company
Westside, Kansas City

Stuff of Legend – Barrel-Aged Stout with Vanilla and Cocoa. Prepare your senses for aromas of vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon barrels “courtesy of more than a year of barrel-aging. With mild carbonation, Stuff of Legend has a rich, smooth and creamy mouthfeel.” 13.5% ABV, 32 IBUs. Packed with an array of malts and grains – Pale, Dark Crystal, Brown, Rye Crystal, Cara 300, Cara 50, Chocolate, Midnight Wheat, and Oats. Made with Columbus hops and and cocoa, vanilla, and lactose adjuncts.
Release date: October 10-11, 2021. Available on draft and four-pack 12-oz. Bottles.

Flying Start Non-Alcoholic IPA – Look for a “fruity and herbal aroma, light body, and hop- forward flavor with bitterness present to balance malt sweetness.” 5% ABV, 50 IBU. Made with Magnum, Amarillo, Cascade, El Dorado, and Citra Cryo hops. Dry hopped with El Dorado, Galaxy, and Orange Peel. Featuring Munich, pale, and wheat malt.
Release date: October 4, 2021, in six-pack cans.

Nova Flare – A West Coast-style IPA in the Space Camper series. “Medium body with hop aroma of pine, citrus, and fresh-cut grass that lead to hops on hops on hops on the palate.” 5.9% ABV, 70 IBUs. Hops in the brew include Columbus, Cascade, Idaho 7, and Centennial. Dry-hopped with Centennial, Chinook, Simcoe, Sabro, and Citra. Malts – Pale and Munich.
Release date: October 4, 2021. Available (through October) on draft and six-pack cans.

Free State Brewing Company
Lawrence, Kansas

Monza Circuit – “Crisp and clean from pole position, this racy Italian pilsner is sure to appeal to with its soft malt finish and dry hopped aroma,” notes head brewer Geoff Deman. “Named for the racetrack home to the Italian Grand Prix in Formula One racing, Monza Circuit balances fleeting, delicate hop aromas from German Herkules and Contessa hops, the punchy citrus notes of American Comet hops, and the soft malt character of Weyermann Pilsner Malt. It’s a winner!”  5% ABV, 34 IBUs
Release date: October 8, 2021

More recent releases from Free State. 

Hammermill Harvest IPA – “Featuring 100-percent locally-grown fresh hops from Kansas Hop Company. Kanook, Cascade, & Comet hops were harvested, dried, hammermilled, and delivered fresh to the brewery,” Deman says. “Soft and juicy, with watermelon candy and citrus notes from the hops.” 6.4% ABV, 30 IBUs.

Transcendental Thought Bubble IPA – “Mild notes of pink grapefruit, sumac, sage, and stone fruit combine in this hazy IPA that has one constantly searching for descriptors. Soft, complex, medium-bodied and full of flavor. An IPA that fans of fruit beers can appreciate.”  6.0% ABV, 43 IBUs.

The Goat Brewing Company
Lee’s Summit, MO

Brush Creek Oktoberfest – “This is our take on the staple fall fest beer,” says Jeremy Kneeland, owner and brewer at The Goat Brewing. “Ours is light on the hops, clear, and malty sweet.  It drinks light enough on these warm days but, is full enough to enjoy on cool fall evenings.”  
Release date – Saturday, October 16. Available on tap and in crowlers. 

Racket Fall Spice Cider – Spiced with cinnamon and allspice. “Back-sweetened just a little with more apple juice. This one will prepare you for the cold fall nights,” says Kneeland. “You might want to warm it up and add whiskey, although I wouldn’t recommend it.  
Release date – Saturday, October 16. Available on tap and in crowlers. 

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.