Peace Tree Brewing expands to Kansas

Move over, Hoppin' Frog. Kansas can finally lay claim to one more brewery's products that Missouri doesn't receive. You may have had the opportunity to try some of Peace Tree Brewing's beer when they were here this Spring for Parkville Microbrew Festival.  It was announced in mid-November that the Knoxville, Iowa brewery was expanding its Midwest distribution, but at that point it was only noted that they were 'working with' a distributor in Kansas. So I was a bit surprised when I already spotted six-packs of Hop Wrangler at Lukas in Overland Park last week. I reached out to Peace Tree and here are some of the details of their new distribution plans in Kansas City:

- Beers are being distributed via the Kansas Craft Alliance, which in the KC area, is handled by Crawford Sales Co.

- Initially, the brands that will be available for purchase will include the core beers; Red Rambler (Amber/Red Ale), Blonde Fatale (Belgian-style blonde) and Hop Wrangler (IPA). They plan to expand into other brands and seasonals as they can and where availability will allow. (fingers crossed for Rye Porter)

- Currently, only bottles are available in retail and at bars and restaurants. Draft is expected to come eventually, but there's no specific timeframe for when that will happen.

- As of now, they have no plans to expand distribution to Missouri in the near future.

At Lukas, prices for the beers ranged from around $9.50 to $11 for a six-pack. Peace Tree packaging is hard to miss with the stubby bottles and colorful artwork, so keep an eye out the next time you're beer shopping in Kansas and give this Iowa brewery a try!

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