Labor Day weekend is one of my favorite weekends of the year. Not only do we get a three day weekend but it is also the unofficial end of summer which means fall is right around the corner. This fall is already lining up to be a busy one with a jam-packed schedule of beer events in the upcoming months and it all starts this weekend. I can’t think of a better way to kick off a long weekend than with a beer festival. The best part is you’ll get an extra day to recover before you have to go back to work and spend the majority of your day staring at your cubicle mate’s “inspirational” cat posters.
This Saturday September 5th from 11:00am until 4:00pm, Crane Brewing Company will be hosting the Inaugural Festival of the Lost Township in downtown Raytown, MO at 62nd and Raytown Road.
Tickets are available for purchase here with two options that will gain you access to the festival. The first option is the General Admission ticket which runs $35 plus tax per ticket ($40 at the door) and will allow you access to the festivities starting at Noon. The general admission ticket will get you unlimited samples of beer from 24 brewers, access to the home brew tent, food available for purchase from some of Kansas City's most exciting food trucks and the merchandise tent.
The second option will get you VIP Access to the event and will set you back $100 plus tax per ticket. The VIP Access will grant you early admission to the festival at 11:00am where you will be able to sample any of the available general admission beers along with several limited offerings from the participating breweries. In addition to the extra hour of sampling, a VIP ticket will also gain you access to the VIP tent where you can try unique beer and food pairings from eight of the finest chefs in Kansas City. For more on what the VIP tickets include click here. There are only 250 VIP tickets available so if you are interested in the VIP package I wouldn’t wait too much longer to buy a ticket.
The home brew tent will showcase a number of beers from local home brewers. This is always one of my favorite parts of beer festivals. It is great to sample beers from some of the best breweries from across the country and world but the creativity and passion the home brewers put into their beer is unique and it definitely comes through in the beer they brew.
The breweries and distilleries that will be in attendance are listed below. The beer list is still being finalized but you can click here to see which beers have been confirmed so far.
4 Hands Brewing
Boulevard Brewing Co.
KC Bier Co.
Perennial Artisan Ales
Rock and Run