Justin Kendall at The Pitch breaks news on Stockyards Brewing Co. taking over part of the former Golden Ox space in the West Bottoms, with early October targeted as the brewer’s opening day.

“It’s the Golden Ox,” Greg Bland says. “It’s the history of the West Bottoms … so I feel really great that I can come in and work in this space and the environment that was created here, to bring something new and exciting to what was the old Stockyards and the West Bottoms, which is now sort of a cool revitalized area.”

This new brewery is another signal of the continued growth of craft brewing in Kansas City. Recent additions such as Torn Label Brewing Co., Border Brewing Co. and forthcoming Brewery Emperial and Double Shift Brewing in the Crossroads Arts District along or near the East 18th Street corridor indicate that enterprising craft brewers are optimistic about demand for fresh, locally brewed beer.

It is exciting to see that new breweries, such as Stockyards Brewing, are popping up in other areas of the city. If schedules, licenses and permits go according to plan (and they rarely do), Crane Brewing Co. will open in Raytown and Red Crow Brewing Co. will launch in Spring Hill, KS in summer 2015. This year’s developments build on recent years as Kansas City Bier Co., Martin City Brewing, Cinder Block Brewing, The Big Rip Brewing Co. and Rock & Run Brewery have opened, logged anniversaries and, in some cases, ventured into distribution of kegs at area bars and restaurants and even explored canning and bottling operations.

The future of craft brewing (and drinking) looks great in Greater Kansas City.

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