It seems fall has officially arrived in KC. The trees are showing off their changing colors and the temps are demanding shorts one day and chili the next. As we head into what will certainly be a very different looking holiday and winter season, now is the perfect time to get out and enjoy those fall temps while we still can. If you’re like me, then that means heading to a patio to enjoy a crisp Oktoberfest beer at one of the many local KC breweries.
I think we can all agree that extending patio season is a must this year. So, even though there may still be some warm fall days ahead, put on your warmest flannel, boots, and puffy vest and explore the many breweries around KC that offer outdoor seating. And bring the fam because after another long day of remote learning, we could use some fresh air and fresh suds.
These local breweries are all allowing families to enjoy their space.
- Limitless Brewing in Lenexa has a large back lot with socially distanced tables set up for all to enjoy on the weekends! They also have live music and food trucks, so keep an eye on their Instagram to see what they have planned. You can also bring your own chair if you want to distance yourself even further (or not worry about snagging a table).
- Pathlight and Rockcreek are two of Johnson County’s newest breweries (they both opened this past spring) and they both have patios to enjoy! Both spaces also have garage doors so if you’re not feeling the patio (but still want to get that fresh air breeze) you can sit just inside the tap room and feel like you’re outside. On the weekends, you can often find food trucks at both locations, and both offer snacks on site to purchase as well. Rockcreek also lets you bring your own chair to hang in the additional space on their lot in the event their tables are full!
- Red Crow is another JoCo favorite with food, snacks, and kid beverages. This place is a great spot for those families out in the southern burbs. Their patio is a bit on the small side so make sure you go early if you want to snag a table! They also have tons of garage doors to allow for that outdoor feel if the patio is full.
- For those of you on the Missouri side, head to Crane in Raytown or Diametric in Lee’s Summit to enjoy their outdoor spaces and equally awesome beers. Swing by Crane on your way to/from the zoo, and head to Diametric to watch the next Chiefs game on the patio with a “TD Tossin’ Patrick MaHazy IPA” in hand.
- Boulevard is a KC staple, so it’s no surprise they put together a great outdoor space for everyone to safely enjoy their beers this season. Their “Parklet” is open Friday – Sunday from 2 p.m. to close, weather permitting. If the weather seems iffy, go ahead and give them a call before you head out to make sure the Parklet is open.
- If you’re headed downtown and want to enjoy some food with your beers, head to City Barrel or Brewery Emperial. Emperial has a spacious beer garden with tables and fire pits, and bonus: a kid’s menu! City Barrel recently expanded their outdoor seating area to accommodate those that want to dine al fresco, and believe me, you’ll want to try everything on both the beer and food menus.
- If you’re up for an adventure, or just headed to Lawrence to cheer on the Jayhawks, stop by Lawrence Beer Co or Fields and Ivy. Both places extended their outdoor seating with distanced tables under tented awnings. They both provide full food menus and seasonal beers to enjoy.
Tips before you go on your brewery adventure:
- Check out the brewery’s social media pages to get the latest info on patio availability, COVID safety measures, beer releases, and food trucks!
- Take your masks! With the mask mandate still in effect, you’ll want to make sure you have yours along for when you need to hit the restroom or order another round.
- If you’re worried about crowds, go during off hours or on a weekday. Scope out the patio when you arrive to make sure there’s a spot open and the crowd is at your comfort level. Some of the above places take reservations, so you can be sure you’ll get a socially distanced table at the time you want.
- You can always grab beer to go! Some of my favorite local breweries are not allowing any patrons at this time, or do not have outdoor seating. You can still support them by grabbing beer to-go to enjoy on your own back patio!