Kansas City's Newest Brewery Is Now Open!
Casual Animal opened just a few days ago, and now Strange Days Brewing is now open in the River Market starting this weekend. I haven't had a chance to get to Casual Animal yet, but was able to check out Strange Days. They're making great beer on day one, and have a huge stockpile of brews! They have been brewing non-stop for several months now as they awaited their final regulatory approvals. They brewed so much, in fact, that they actually ran out of kegs to fill. And now that they've got all their approvals finalized, we get to reap the rewards of their work.
They have 8 different beers on tap right now for their grand opening. The brews I tried were the Japanese Black IPA, the Daydream Saison, and the Estranged Quad. Each was very good with nice subtle flavors and they were very clean beers with no off-flavors that I could detect. I especially liked the Daydream Saison, as it reminded me a lot of the old Boulevard Long Strange Triple, RIP. Long Strange was one of my favorite KC beers ever made, so I'm stoked to have a good replacement for it now!
Strange Days made it's debut a couple years ago at the High Plains Brewhoff at Brew Lab in downtown Overland Park. They won best of show at that "people's choice" homebrew competition, and since then, they have been hard at work transforming their brewery space at 316 Oak Street on the east end of the River Market. The building was originally part of the old Muehlebach brewery complex. The space that they have created is eclectic and cool with a mix of thrift store furniture, hand made furniture, and a beautiful zinc bar top. In addition to making beers, the owners are big soccer fans as well. They plan on opening early on Saturday and Sunday mornings each week to catch all of the soccer games for the day.
You can check out the brewery for yourself Thursday through Sunday each week. The brewery's hours are:
Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
The brewery is located at:
316 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64106
There is a limited amount of parking in front of the building, but it's also located only 1 block away from the streetcar, so you can easily get there without a car as well.