Parkville Microbrew Fest This Weekend!

Festival season is here! It starts with a bang with Parkville Microbrew Fest this weekend, arguably the best beer festival in KC.

If you're not familiar with the Parkville Micro Fest, it's held every year at the English Landing on the banks of the Missouri River. It's a great setting for a beer fest with great scenery. Quaint downtown Parkville is right next door with restaurants and bars for the post-festival protein binge. The festival is in its 12th year now, making it the longest running beer fest in KC.

They do everything right at this one--designated drivers get in free, pets are welcome, easy parking, live music all day, and good food available. Most importantly--they have a solid beer lineup, including ALL of our local KC breweries, most of the homebrew clubs from around town, and lots of regional breweries not available in the Metro. They're going to have over 300 different beers this year. I don't think you're going to pokemon this festival.

It's also a laid back fest with short lines, and no cluster-fuck getting to the porta-potties (well, within reason, it is a beer festival, after all). It helps to have 11 years to figure out how to run a festival well.

Tickets are super cheap. $30 if you buy them online ahead of time, and $35 at the door. All the profits go to the non-profit Main Street Parkville Assocation, and the fest is also partnered with Harvesters. They've got a canned food dropoff at the entrance to the fest. There really isn't anything bad to say about this fest. Basically, just go buy some tickets right now and show up at 11a on Saturday for some bands and food before the 1pm tasting start.

In other news, there's that other festival at the same time as Parkville put on by an out-of-town for-profit event company. I get what they're trying to do, and commend them on their entrepreneurial effort. But like politics, all beer is local. It probably wasn't a great choice to schedule the fest at the same time as the local favorite. Also, why would you pay $45 for their beerfest when you could go to Parkville for $30?

Update: Parkville posted a map of the festival so you can plan your strategy now! Also, our blogging brothers at Scouting the Taps put together a nice list of hot commodities at the fest this weekend.

Update: The weather forecast is looking up for tomorrow! Looks like the rain should clear up by mid-morning. Even still, the event grounds are probably going to be pretty soggy, so wear your beer drinking boots!

Parkville Brewery Lineup

23rd Street Brewery
2nd Shift Brewing
4 Hands Brewing Company
515 Brewing Company
75th Street Brewery
Amerisports @ Ameristar Casino
Big John’s Brewing Company
Big Rip Brewing Company
Blind Tiger Brewery
Blue Blood Brewing Company
Border Brewing Company
Boulevard Brewing Company
Broadway Brewery
Bur Oak Brewing Company
Cathedral Square Brewery
Charleville Vineyard Winery & Microbrewery
CIB Brewery
Cinder Block Brewery
Confluence Brewing Company
Crispin Hard Cider
Defiance Brewing Co.
Deschutes Brewery
Empyrean Brewing Co
Farnam House Brewing Company
Flying Monkey
Free State Brewing Company
Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.
Granite City Food & Brewery
Green Room Burgers & Beer
Heavy Riff Brewing Company
High Noon Saloon and Brewery
Infusion Brewing Company
Kansas City Bier Company
Kirkwood Station Brewing Co.
Lagunitas Brewing Co
Little Apple Brewing Company
Logboat Brewing Co.
Martin City Brewing Company
McCoy’s Public House
Morgan Street Brewery
Mothers Brewing Company
Nebraska Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing
O’Fallon Brewery
Odell Brewing Co
Perennial Artisan Ales
Radius Brewing Company
Red Crow Brewing Company
River North Brewery
Rock & Run Brewery
Rock Bridge Brewing Company
Root Sellers, Inc.
Santa Fe Brewing Company
Schlafly Beer
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Stone Brewing Co.
Summit Brewing Company
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Torn Label Brewing Company
Two Brothers Brewing
Urban Chestnut Brewing Co
Weston Brewing Company
Zipline Brewing Co.

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