KC Bier Co.
A traditional German craft brewery in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri, KC Bier Co. is putting the ‘i’ back in ‘bier’ with their fresh, authentic and award-winning German-style lagers.
Founded in 2014 by Steve Holle, KC Bier Co. (Kansas City Bier Company) is committed to crafting fresh, authentic German-style lagers and ales using only traditional ingredients and brewing methods - following rules set in place since Bavarian noblemen passed the Reinheitsgebot of 1516. It is KC Bier Co’s mission to craft German bier with the same character, flavor and freshness as bier brewed and consumed in Germany, and their traditional approach is certainly helping set it apart from the crowd.
Steve Holle, who is the great grandson of German immigrants, first developed an interest in German bier from his father, who grew up in a small German-speaking farming community in the Midwest. Throughout his 30+ year career in banking and commercial real estate investment, Steve was an avid homebrewer and beer writer and even participated as a beer judge at the Great American Beer Festival. When he finally retired in 2013, he returned to his Missouri hometown to open KC Bier Co.
It was Steve’s belief that when he opened KC Bier Co that Kansas Citians would embrace the diversity of German-style bier if they could experience authentic flavor along with local freshness. Interestingly enough, before the craft beer movement started taking off about 40 years ago, German-style lagers dominated the U.S. market, and it’s what drove the wave of craft brewers to concentrate on bold flavored ales (perhaps because brewers associated the German lagers with the mildly flavored, mass-market domestic lagers). But Steve saw the potential in craft lagers that were high in quality and made with traditional fresh ingredients - and it has allowed KC Bier Co. to build a huge local following since its opening.
At KC Bier Co, the German experience doesn’t end with the beer. The brewery also offers a Bavarian-style Bierhalle and Biergarten to enjoy the award-winning German-style bier with small plates of pretzels, sausages and other German favorites. We hope our craft beer subscription members enjoy these two popular offerings from KC Bier Co. Prost!
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1. What influences beer color?
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2. What was the first certified organic brewery in the United States?
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3. What is fresh hopping?
Fresh hopping is the addition of freshly harvested hops that have not yet been dried to different stages of the brewing process. Fresh hopping adds unique flavors and aromas to beer that are not normally found when using hops that have been dried and processed as usual. Fresh hopping is also called wet hopping.