Kansas City’s Craft Beer Industry is Booming

435 Magazine

Steve Holle graduated with a degree in brewer engineering from the University of California-Davis and the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in London. He also studied Bavarian brewing at the Doemens Akademie in Munich, Germany.

Holle’s authored two books on the subject, one titled, “A Handbook of Basic Brewing Calculations” and the other “The Beer Steward Handbook.” Both are written in textbook format to serve as guidebooks.

Holle met business partner Juergen Hager while hosting a radio talk show in Dallas. Hager’s wife worked for the station and introduced the two who shared an immediate bond over their common love of beer, particularly German styles.

Shortly after, the formulation of a business plan for a craft brewery was underway.
Both have applied their business acumen to build the foundation needed to launch one of Missouri’s largest breweries — they are tied for fourth place with Springfield Missouri’s Mother’s Brewery.

The 30-barrel brewhouse features a 70-seat tasting room where patrons purchase beer by the glass. In the spring/summer guests will enjoy their brew from the biergarten (beer garden) that spills out on the east side of the tasting room facing the Trolley tracks of Waldo. The same space also serves as a unique meeting or special event venue.

The 30-barrel brewery is the only facility with immediate plans to wholesale product. There is a capacity to grow the facility to produce up to 188,000 barrels per year, with plans for distribution to bars and restaurants throughout the region.

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