Torn Label Brewing Co. to begin distributing to Kansas
Torn Label Brewing Co. is coming to Kansas. The Crossroads production brewery officially launched in January with Major Brands issuing its kegs on the Missouri side of the state line. Starting as soon as next week, Torn Label’s brews will be sent to the Sunflower State.
Torn Label’s Rafi Chaudry tells The Pitch that the brewery has signed an agreement with Standard Beverage that will begin sending its kegs to Johnson and Wyandotte counties. That’s just the start.
“We are however excited to have statewide distribution capacity with Standard Beverage and look forward to expanding our footprint to places like Lawrence, Manhattan, Wichita and Topeka in the future,” Chaudry says.
This is a bit of a homecoming for Chaudry and brewmaster and co-owner Travis Moore. Chaudry grew up in Overland Park, and Moore is from Olathe.
“The first place we met was at a coffeehouse on 135th and Quivira, so on a personal level it’s deeply meaningful for us to launch in Johnson and Wyandotte counties,” Chaudry says. “Those are the bars and restaurants where we cut our teeth discovering craft beer, and those are where the true origins of Torn Label lie, even if we didn’t know it at the time.”
Look for Torn Label to also have a presence at the March 7 Kansas Craft Brew Expo in Lawrence.
“We are excited to be able to pour a teaser of our lineup at that event before we are fully in distribution in Douglas County,” Chaudry says.
Look for official launch events in JoCo and WyCo later this month.
Also, next week, Torn Label is planning to release two new beers.
Leap of Faith is a rotational IPA dry hopped with Citra and Centennial. Chaudry calls it “the hoppiest beer we’ve brewed so far” and says “the profile blends classic West Coast style bitterness with juicy breakfast fruit overtones – notes of guava, melon and grapefruit impart a bright balance.”
The second is Long Time Comin’, a 10.4 percent ABV Russian imperial stout.