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Brewbakers taps into Lenexa’s thirst for craft beer

The Kansas City area is spilling over with new craft beer bars.

Among the newest: Bier Station in Waldo, Anton’s Taproom downtown, and the Burg & Barrel in Overland Park.

Brewbakers Bar & Grill is bringing the craft beer boom to Lenexa: The locally owned business opened at 9482 Renner Blvd. in December, next to Spin! Pizza in the Prairie Center shops.

Co-owner Jason Rubis says he and his business partners, Jason Kamin and Joe Sorkin, chose the location because it’s in a developing area. The owners hope to make regulars out of the young professionals who live and work in the area.

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, that goal seemed to be in reach: Brewbakers was nearly packed at 4 p.m. with customers, most of them in the 20s-40s age range, taking advantage of $2-off craft beer draws.

The bar feels like a hybrid between a craft beer bar and straight-up sports bar: There are 42 brews on tap -- from Boulevard to West Coast beers from Deschutes and Green Flash -- and more in bottles. A chalkboard keeps track of the ever-rotating selection.

There’s also a deep supply of TVs -- 47, to be exact. Two are on the patio, and four are massive 90-inch high definition projector screens. So no matter where you sit, you have a clear view of the game (Brewbakers has all the major sports packages, plus Pay-Per View UFC fights).

Even the food menu is full of beer: Boulevard Wheat gives the fried pickles ($7.49) their light, crunchy exterior. The Pork Loin ($12.99) is brined in Boulevard’s hoppy Single-Wide I.P.A. and served with mushroom sauce made richer with Bully! Porter.

Locavores will find a lot to love on Brewbakers menu, which also features pretzel sticks and brioche burger buns baked by Farm to Market in Kansas City. And Boulevard isn’t the only regional brew on the menu: There’s also Tallgrass beer from Manhattan, Kan. and Mother’s from Springfield, Mo.

Brewbakers serves many gluten-free options, including bacon-wrapped Fresh Jalapeno Poppers ($7.99) and a Steak Salad with blue cheese dressing ($11.99). Rubis says the burgers, which can be ordered with a gluten-free bun, are bestsellers.

In short: This new bar has much more than beer on tap.