Crane Brewing Co. officially launches in Kansas on Monday, December 7

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The wait for Crane Brewing Co.’s wild ales is almost over. Distribution of the Raytown brewery’s beer begins Monday, December 7, with a launch party at Barley’s Brewhaus (11924 West 119th Street, Overland Park) starting at 7 p.m.

Asked Wednesday if everything was ready to go, Crane co-owner Chris Meyers told me bluntly, “No.” He laughed and continued: “For the most part. We have a couple of more events to nail down.”

The Crane crew starts at Barley’s with a meet-and-greet with Crane’s first beers — Farmhouse IPA and Saison — on tap along with “many more,” although I’ve yet to be told what exactly. 

The rest of the week unfolds like this:

* Tuesday: Tasting and bottles for sale at Lukas Liquors (12140 Blue Valley Parkway, Overland Park) with the Crane crew on hand. 

* Wednesday: Crane hits Burg & Barrel (7042 West 76th Street, Overland Park) for a meet-and-greet at 6 p.m.

* Thursday: Spin Pizza (8224 Mission, Prairie Village) welcomes Crane.

* Friday: Grinders Stonewall (10240 Pflumm, Lenexa) taps five Crane beers, including Farmhouse IPA, Orange Gose and Apricot Weiss.

* Saturday: The 403 Club (614 Reynolds, Kansas City, Kansas) hosts a tapping at 7 p.m.

* Monday, December 14, Crane returns to Barley’s on 119th Street for a beer school with brewers Steve Hood and Randy Strange. 

* Tuesday, December 15, Crane heads to Lawrence for a tasting at On the Rocks (1818 Massachusetts) from 4 to 6 p.m. and a launch party and tappings of Saison and Orange Gose at Burger Stand at the Casbah (803 Massachusetts) from 5 to 7 p.m. 

If you’ve noticed that all of the events are in Kansas, you’re right. Crane is still waiting on Missouri label approval, so you’ll only be able to get the brewery’s beers in the Sunflower State to start. Meyers says he’s hoping that Crane will be in the Show-Me State by January. 

“We’re a Missouri brewery,” Meyers says. “We wanted to launch in both states at the same time, but we needed to open the brewery and start getting beers out. But the plan is for future beers, to get them through the approval process and everything so we can launch in both states.”

Expect Crane to do another set of launch events once the brewery receives label approval. (Crane is starting with four beers — Farmhouse IPA, Saison, Apricot Weiss and Orange Gose — in 750 ml bottles.)

“You bet,” Meyers says. “We’ll do a whole ‘nother round of celebrating.”

So when can we expect to drink beers in a Crane tasting room?

“We started clearing out the space for the taproom,” Meyers says. “When we did initial construction, we had them hard plumb it and do electrical on it, but we’re planning on starting construction this winter to get it done by spring. We’re saying April, but really we’re hoping to have it done by opening day of the Royals.”

For more on Crane, see:

Six new players prepare to enter KC’s craft-beer community

Michael Crane takes his homebrews on the festival circuit

Crane Brewing launches crowd funding as the brewery prepares for an August launch

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