A beer tasting, beer school and beer bookstore walk into a bar. And the bartender says, “Aren’t you the Kansas Craft Brewers Exposition?”
The third annual beer festival, organized by the Kansas Craft Brewer’s Guild and Downtown Lawrence, Inc., will be at Jake & Abe’s Landing (8 E Sixth Street, Lawrence, Kansas) on Saturday, March 8. The Recommended Daily is writing about it now because tickets ($30) go on sale Wednesday, January 29, at 6 p.m. and they’ve tended to last a few hours in years past.
Free State Brewing Company founder Chuck Magerl envisioned a festival that would benefit downtown Lawrence and allow home brewers, pro brewers and beer drinkers to discuss the art of making beer over a cold one. There are currently 34 breweries slated to attend the event, which focuses on Midwest brewers (Kansas microbrews in particular). Wichita Brewing Company, Kirkwood Station, Odell, New Planet Brewing, Modern Brewery, and the Blue Skye Brewing Company are all on the list of attendees.
The exposition is a chance to sample new beers, talk about brewing methods and take a craft beer tour of Kansas without leaving Lawrence. [If you are interested in a road trip, the Recommended Daily has a Kansas City Breweries app for your iPhone].
This year, in an effort to meet demand, the festival will have two sessions. The first runs from 12 to 3 p.m. The second is from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online and 10 regional locations (including 75th Street Brewery and Bacchus & Barleycorn).[Image via Facebook: Kansas Craft Brewers Exposition]