In 1993, Kansas City scored its first brewpub when 75th Street Brewery opened in the Waldo neighborhood.
By Sarah Gish
On Saturday, 75th Street Brewery kicks off its 20th year in business with a sold-out beer festival. The anniversary celebration continues all week with throwback drink and food specials, live music, and a drawing to win a trip to October’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Here’s a sip of the overflowing schedule.
Saturday, August 17: 75th Street Brewery hosts a sold-out Summer Beer Festival. Don’t have tickets? You can still pop in at 3 p.m. to watch original brewmaster Tom Ricker and current brewer Pat Sandman sign 750-milliliter bottles of the brewpub’s 20th anniversary beer, Imperial Stout, which will also be sold on the Kansas side at Barley’s Brewhaus (locations in Shawnee, Overland Park and Leawood).
Sunday, August 18: Sip on $10 bottomless mimosas at brunch.
Monday, August 19: The brewpub’s menu prices will return to 1993 levels. For example, Spinach Artichoke dip will be $4.95 instead of $9 and Stockyard burgers will be $5.95 instead of $9.50.
Tuesday, August 20: Purchase an Imperial Stout and get the snifter glass for a discounted price.
Wednesday, August 21: Tabletop randall night starts at 7 p.m. A randall is a beer tower that infuses flavor (such as fresh hops or blueberry) into your beer at the table. It’s sort of like a French press for beer.
Thursday, August 22: Pints of 75th Street Brewery’s flagship beers cost 75 cents. Flagship beers include Muddy Mo Stout, Possom Trot Brown Ale, Royal Raspberry Wheat and Good Hope I.P.A.
Friday, August 23: It’s speakeasy night — dress like a flapper or an old-school bartender with a vest and bow tie and you could win a prize.
And heads up: Another historic brewpub, Lawrence’s Free State Brewing Company, toasts its 25th anniversary in 2014.
Enterprise reporter Sarah Gish writes dining and bar guides for Ink magazine. She also writes and styles a monthly cooking story for The Star’s Food section and tweets for Chow Town @chowtownkc.