Kansas Beer: A Heady History
Kansas Beer: A Heady History

Kansas Beer: A Heady History

by Bob Crutchfield

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Prohibition came early to Kansas in 1881, driving more than 125 breweries out of business or underground. Refusing to even vote on the 1933 national repeal, the state remained dry until 1948, with liquor by the drink finally being approved in 1987. Lawrence's Chuck Magerl worked with the legislature to pen new laws allowing something (little known at the time) called a "microbrewery." Chuck started the state's first brewery in over a century, appropriately named Free State Brewing Company. John Dean of Topeka's Blind Tiger Brewery counts more awards than any other brewer in the state, including Champion Brewer at the World Beer Cup in 2014. Props & Hops Brewing, in tiny Sylvan Grove, is owned and operated by an enterprising pilot who also owns and operates a crop-dusting business on the weekdays. Author Bob Crutchfield explores the state's breweries and recounts the Sunflower State's hoppy history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467140119
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 02/18/2019
Series: American Palate
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 623,177
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Coffeyville native and member of the American Homebrewers Association, Bob Crutchfield earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from K-State and went on to earn his MBA while working most of his professional career at Motorola Semiconductor in Austin, Texas. He left the high-tech industry and started, then recently sold, his own company, which has given him more free time to enjoy beer.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

I Kansas Struggle with Alcohol and Open Saloons

1 Overview of Graft Beer in Kansas 17

2 The First Breweries in Kansas 21

3 Statehood and the Expansion of the 1860s 25

4 Immigration and the Growing Temperance Movement 30

5 Prohibition! 37

6 Damn It, Carrie! 42

7 The Growth of Blind Tigers and Speakeasies 48

8 Kansas Finally Comes Mound 52

II The Breweries of Kansas

9 Western Kansas: The Old West 61

Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co., Hays 61

Defiance Brewing Company, Plays 65

Beaver Brewery at Mo's Place, Beaver 67

Dodge City Brewing Co., Dodge City 69

10 Northeast Kansas: Where It All Began 74

Free State Brewing Company, Lawrence 74

The Blind Tiger Brewery and Restaurant, Topeka 78

Brew Lab, Overland Park 83

23rd Street Brewery, Lawrence 86

Wakarusa Brewing Company Eudora 88

Radius Brewing, Emporia 90

Grinders High Noon, Leavenworth 93

Yankee Tank Brewing, Lawrence 95

Happy Basset Brewing Co., Topeka 97

Norsemen Brewing Company, Topeka 99

Lawrence Beer Company, Lawrence 102

11 North Central Kansas: Konza Prairie Region 106

Tallgrass Brewing Company, Manhattan 106

Little Apple Brewing Company, Manhattan 110

Down Under Brewery, Beloit 113

Blue Skye Brewery and Eats, Salina 115

Props & Hops Brewing at Fly Boy Restaurant, Sylvan Grove 119

Kansas Territory Brewing Company Washington 123

12 Central Kansas: The Beer Capital of Kansas 128

Hank is Wiser Brewery; Cheney 128

Walnut River Brewing Company El Dorado 132

Three Rings Brewery, McPherson 137

River City Brewing Co., Wichita 139

Central Standard Brewing, Wichita 143

Aero Plains Brewing, Wichita 146

Hopping Gnome Brewing Company, Wichita 149

Nortons Brewing Company Wichita 152

Wichita Brewing Company, Wichita 155

Third Place Brewing, Wichita 159

Limestone Beer Co., Wichita 162

Augustino Brewing, Wichita 163

Sandhills Brewing, Hutchinson 165

13 Eastern Kansas: Where John Brown Got His Start 168

Boiler Room Brewhaus, Fort Scott 168

Finally, Where Would We Be Without Hops? Kansas Hop Company Ottawa 173

Notes 177

Index 183

About the Author 189

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