Business is booming for craft beer in KC - KCTV5

Business is booming for craft beer in KC

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Benjamin Franklin once said beer is proof that God loves us. If that's true then the metro is getting a whole lot of love.

"Literally every week I hear discussion about another brewery opening in Kansas City," John Couture said.

Couture owns Bier Station in Waldo. He said the trend began after people started sipping on microbrews.

"Once people get a taste for all the different flavors and what a quality craft beer could provide, they were like ‘Now what is this? I want more of it,'" he said.

The microbreweries feature everything from ambers to ales. With every pull of the tap, it means life is good for more than just the bars and brewers.

"I think it helps not just beer, but coffee roasters, the restaurants and all the interesting flavors through food and drink that are coming into the city,” said craft beer drinker Nick Buchanan.

Kansas City used to be known just for Boulevard beer, but now with about a dozen breweries all across the metro it seems like the city is tapping into a trend that does not seem to be ending any time soon. Nowhere is that more clear than at beer festivals such as Saturday's inaugural KC Brew Fest, where thousands gathered at Union Station to sip on microbrews, many of them from the metro.

"I love beer. It makes life good," beer drinker Michael Maddox said. "Now we have all these that have sprung up in the suburbs and what not. It's so convenient and it's just so comfortable. It makes you feel civilized."

At least two more microbreweries are scheduled to open in the metro before the end of the year. Click here to find a list of some.

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