It’s a great time to be a beer drinker in Kansas City. Your cornucopia overfloweth with choices and delicious brews. But for those who drink, they should give a serious look to the Festival of the Lost Township on Saturday, September 5, from 12 to 4 p.m. The festival, presented by the Raytown Three Trails Kiwanis Club and hosted by Crane Brewing Company is at 62nd and Raytown Road in Raytown, Missouri. We’re a sponsor and we’re about to tell you why.
“It means a lot to us that we will have brewers and owner representatives from the breweries there. The public gets to meet the people who are making the beer,” says Christopher Meyers, vice president of Crane. “But it’s not just a beer fest. We’re trying to build a multi-level artisanal fest with chefs, coffee, and authors.”
In addition to spirits from J Rieger & Co. and Dark Horse Distillery, the beer lineup includes brews from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Boulevard (they’re bringing their Show Me Sour collaboration brew with Side Project), 4 Hands (Super Flare, Passion Fruit Prussia, Resurrected), and Stillwater Artisanal. [A full list of brewers/brews is here]. One of the brews that will be on hand is a collaboration between Torn Label and Crane (which is looking to open in Raytown later this fall).
“I think they did a good job of representing both breweries. They’re known for their Alpha Pale Ale and we’re known for our Saison,” Meyers says. “It has good spiciness. It’s refreshing, clean and crisp. It’s a little branch that perfectly joined Torn Label and us.”
The festival will also have an area highlighting homebrewers with free samples of everything from watermelon bubble yum to a honey basil ale to a lemon hefeweizen.
“We all started as homebrewers and we think it’s important to show how good home brew can be,” Meyers says.
The festival has also arranged for a formidable lineup of chefs in the VIP tent — Julian’s Celina Tio, The American’s Michael Corvino and Nick Wesemann, The Rieger’s Howard Hanna, Novel’s Ryan Brazeal, and Char Bar’s Michael Peterson will all be on hand to create dishes paired with local brews. A pair of food trucks, Wilma’s Real Good Food and Poppy’s Ice Cream, will be at the festival as well.
Tickets are $35 ($40 at the door) for general admission, $100 for VIP tickets (limited to 250 people). The VIP tent includes early admission (11 a.m.), advance tastings, as well as the chef pairings. If you’re a designated driver, you can enter the general admission area for free.