Significant Breweries in Kansas City History

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Re: Significant Breweries in Kansas City History

Postby FangKC » Sat Jan 19, 2008 1:09 pm

The label for Puritan brand "near-beer."

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An advertisement for Imperial Mayflower beer.

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Re: Significant Breweries in Kansas City History

Postby PumpkinStalker » Sat Jan 19, 2008 2:08 pm

Many tried to switch to soda, root beers, and many more tried to ride it out with non alcoholic "near beer".  Most did close, but remember with Pendergast, some smaller ones probably kept quietly brewing.                   

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Re: Significant Breweries in Kansas City History

Postby Highlander » Sat Jan 19, 2008 2:14 pm

FangKC wrote:Over time, smaller breweries were acquired by larger breweries, went bankrupt, or lost out to competition.

During Prohibition, many breweries shifted to producing "near-beer" and other types of beverages like ginger ale, colas, flavored drinks (orange, grape, lime), root beer, etc.


Or in the case of Coors...malted milk. 

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Re: Significant Breweries in Kansas City History

Postby FangKC » Sat Jan 19, 2008 4:45 pm

The one the taverns selling local beers was on Walnut next to the Grand Opera House. In this case, the house beers appeared to be Pabst brands.

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Re: Significant Breweries in Kansas City History

Postby PumpkinStalker » Sat Jan 19, 2008 5:30 pm

Ha, I didn't see fang already answered that question.  It's tough using your cell to reply!         

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Re: Significant Breweries in Kansas City History

Postby FangKC » Sat Jan 19, 2008 7:20 pm

A Falstaff and Budweiser truck make deliveries to taverns along W. 12th Street between Central and Wyandotte where the Marriott Hotel now stands.  The photo looks like it's from the 70s.

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Re: Significant Breweries in Kansas City History

Postby FangKC » Sat Jan 19, 2008 7:22 pm

The Schlitz Distribution Center in the old freighthouse district at Union Station.

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Re: Significant Breweries in Kansas City History

Postby FangKC » Sat Jan 19, 2008 7:41 pm

The first Schlitz Brewery in the West Bottoms at State Line Road and St. Louis Avenue.

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Re: Significant Breweries in Kansas City History

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An advertisement for Schlitz's Kansas City branch.

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Re: Significant Breweries in Kansas City History

Postby FangKC » Sat Jan 19, 2008 9:11 pm

The F.H. Kumps Star Ale Brewery, 14th and Main, Downtown (later Heim and Bavarian brewery sites), now site of Mainstreet Theatre. The complex was known as the 14th Street Brewery.

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Re: Significant Breweries in Kansas City History

Postby FangKC » Sat Jan 19, 2008 9:27 pm

Photo taken of 1903 flood showing Val Blatz's Brewery (on the right) at 116-118 East Front Street (near Walnut).

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Re: Significant Breweries in Kansas City History

Postby FangKC » Sat Jan 19, 2008 9:56 pm

A roadside tavern serving Val Blatz beer.

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Re: Significant Breweries in Kansas City History

Postby FangKC » Sat Jan 19, 2008 10:36 pm

The Green Tree Brewery was located at 2nd and Grand in the River Market.

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Re: Significant Breweries in Kansas City History

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An advertisement for Miller's Kansas City branch.

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Re: Significant Breweries in Kansas City History

Postby FangKC » Sun Jan 20, 2008 9:27 am

Anheuser-Busch's Brewery at 20th and Walnut in 1894.  There is a catering business and banquet hall there today.

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Re: Significant Breweries in Kansas City History

Postby DaveKCMO » Sun Jan 20, 2008 11:12 am

FangKC wrote:Anheuser-Busch's Brewery at 20th and Walnut in 1894.  There is a catering business and banquet hall there today.


that is now paddy o'quigley's and they server bud on tap. i guess that's fitting, although i'm sure it was not intentional.

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Re: Significant Breweries in Kansas City History

Postby Gretz » Sun Jan 20, 2008 5:14 pm

FangKC wrote:Yes, Boulevard is our only significant brewery.  There a several brew pubs around the area that sell to their bar patrons and in some liquor stores.
My father and his cooperative own a brewery in JoCo called Pony Express.  They used to export a couple of brands regionally.  Now they contract brew some for flying monkey in addition to making several of their own beers.

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Re: Significant Breweries in Kansas City History

Postby FangKC » Sun Jan 20, 2008 5:59 pm

Thanks Gretz.  I knew there was another couple of smaller brewers in the Kansas City area, but I couldn't remember the names.


The Pony Express Brewing Company in Olathe, KS.

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http://www.ponygold.com/index.php

Pony Express currently produces the following Flagship Brands:

Pony Express Pony Gold
Pony Express Original Wheat
Pony Express Rattlesnake Pale Ale
Pony Express Tornado Red Ale

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Re: Significant Breweries in Kansas City History

Postby Sportster » Sun Jan 20, 2008 6:20 pm

I'm still a little curious as to why its named "Pony Express Brewery" when its some 80 miles away from St. Joseph, Missouri, the original starting point of the Pony Express, much less its proxemity to any part of the route itself.

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Re: Significant Breweries in Kansas City History

Postby anniewarbucks » Sun Jan 20, 2008 7:38 pm

I have always wondered how near beer tastes. Does it have the same flavor as regular beer? 
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