Calibration Brewery, North Kansas City: Glen Stinson, who started homebrewing 25 years ago, now owns Calibration Brewery, housed in an 8,500-square-foot building featuring a spacious taproom, patio, beer garden and event space. Stinson recruited brewmaster Pat Sandman, of now-shuttered 75th Street Brewery in Kansas City, to help build and operate Calibration’s 7-barrel brewhouse. The brewery’s beers, each titled after a popular song, include Compared to What (Scottish ale), Scare Myself (IPA), Carry On (milk stout), All Day All Night (coconut brown ale made with fresh coconut), Let It Flow (golden ale), For What It’s Worth (strawberry blonde ale) and Some Kind of Wonderful (hefeweizen). –Pete Dulin
Jackson Street BrewCo, Perryville: Jackson Street BrewCo owner Carisa Stark is also behind Mary Jane Burgers & Brew, which is only a few doors down from the new brewery in Perryville, Missouri. Stark says she’s always wanted to brew her own beer; the original plan was to build a barrel system inside the restaurant. Because Mary Jane’s has been so successful, Stark decided to purchase a separate building for the brewery. With head brewers Matthew Ruesler – who is also executive chef and co-owner – and John Sadler, Jackson Street serves six house beers on tap. Standouts include its popular Villainous Stout, made with roasted espresso beans, and a Kölsch made with local honey. In the 70-seat tasting room, patrons can munch on pizzas made in Jackson Street’s wood-fired pizza oven. –Sarah Kloepple
Narrow Gauge Brewing Co., Florissant: The basement of Cugino’s Italian Bar and Grill in Florissant, Missouri, isn’t your typical restaurant basement – it’s the home of Narrow Gauge Brewing Co. Co-founder Jeff Hardesty and his wife were curating a business plan for a brewery when they met Cugino’s owners Ben Goldkamp and David Beckham. It seemed a fitting match for the restaurant’s built-in customer base and large local beer list. Named after the type of railway that used to connect St. Louis to Florissant, the brewery focuses almost exclusively on IPAs with fruity flavors and hop aromas, making them soft on the palate. –Sarah Kloepple
Point Labaddie Brewery, Labadie: In September 2016, Point Labaddie Brewery opened a 3,000-square-foot 15-barrel brewery and tasting room, plus an outdoor beer garden, on more than 17 acres of land in Labadie, Missouri. The microbrewery, operated by brothers Andy and Rob Grimm, debuted with four styles of beer (IPA, hoppy pale ale, saison and porter) and also serves a rotating selection of wine and whiskey, a small food menu – plus catered food – and it hosts food trucks. The brothers, who grew up in Chesterfield, Missouri, have family in Labadie, about 45 minutes from St. Louis. Prior to opening the brewery, Rob earned an associate’s degree in brewing technology from Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago and completed advanced brewing courses at Siebel’s Doemens Academy in Munich, Germany. The brothers have been homebrewing for a combined 20 years. –Liz Miller
Brewery Emperial, Kansas City: One of the most-anticipated breweries of 2016 finally debuted in December. Three couples co-own Brewery Emperial, a 65-seat brewery and restaurant; each of them handles a separate aspect of the business of beer, food and service. Master brewer Keith Thompson offers a rotating selection of five beers: a Pilsner, a Kölsch, a porter, an IPA and a milk stout. Additionally, you’ll find a full bar and a selection of a few solid wines by the glass. Chef Ted Habiger turns out a tasty menu from the kitchen, which has a custom-built wood-fired grill. Enjoy items like grilled Caesar salad, shell-on crispy shrimp, a juicy cheeseburger and half of a wood-fired chicken served on a board with tortillas and salsa. Restaurant managers Rich Kasyjanski and Julie Thompson ensure the service is casual, friendly and fast. –Jenny Vergara
Photo of Calibration Brewery by Pete Dulin, photos of Jackson Street BrewCo by Kindra Kaempfe, photos of Brewery Emperial by Anna Petrow. This article appears courtesy of Feast Magazine. Feast Magazine is dedicated to broadening the conversation about food and engaging a large, hungry audience of food lovers.