Grain to Glass throws a grand opening party Saturday as part of National Homebrew Day
Saturday is National Homebrew Day – or as the American Homebrewers Association calls it, Big Brew. It’s also the grand opening of North Kansas City homebrew supply and bottle shop Grain to Glass’ new-ish location at 1611 Swift Avenue.
The first Grain to Glass store opened in the River Market in 2012 but moved to North Kansas City March 1 of this year to a space that was once home to a German social club.
“It’s just becoming a little beer mecca,” Grain to Glass owner Jennifer Helber says of North Kansas City, home to Cinder Block Brewery and Big Rip Brewing Co. “It’s proven to be a better location for sales and a lot more traffic.”
To celebrate Grain to Glass’ new location and Big Brew, Helber is inviting homebrewers to her store’s parking lot to make Big Brew’s three recommended beers (pale ale, imperial stout and schwarzbier). The first three volunteers to bring their systems to her lot will receive free grains.
As of today, Grain to Glass will offer beer on tap. And Saturday, those taps will be pouring special draft beers, including a keg of Urban Chestnut Winged Nut and the first pour of KC Bier Co.’s Pilsner.
“We have a liquor license for liquor by the drink,” Helber says, “so you can buy a six-pack to-go but can also drink at our bar.”
Grain to Glass will also be signing up folks for its Cervoise Club, which gets members advance notice of special beers and reservations for special shipments of beers; a personally engraved goblet; bigger pours; and more. Membership costs $40.
And if you get hungry, Grain to Glass will be selling plates of sausage and cheese from Green Dirt Farms. Big Brew goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a special noon toast to homebrewing.