2501 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City
HOURS: Tour times vary
COST: Free tours
Now one of Missouri’s largest locally owned breweries, Boulevard Brewing Company began in 1988 when founder John McDonald began building a brewing facility on Southwest Boulevard. Boulevard began producing beer in 1989 with a keg of Pale Ale, still a city favorite.
The brewery has since expanded to offer several year-round and limited-edition brews like Boulevard Wheat, Pale Ale, Irish Ale, and Pilsner, as well as the Smokestack Series, a group of complex, experimental ales including Double-Wide I.P.A. and Long Strange Tripel that have become mainstays on bar taps and in restaurant refrigerators throughout Kansas City  and surrounding Midwest region.
To drink anything other than Boulevard beer in Kansas City is akin to treason.
Boulevard relies on a vintage Bavarian brewhouse to create distinctive flavors found only in its carefully brewed beers, which are extensively taste-tested to ensure quality results.
Boulevard Brewing Co. tours are a popular Kansas City activity for residents and visitors alike. Tours are held Wednesday through Sunday at various times, but make your reservations as soon as you can: They often fill up weeks in advance.
While you’re on the tour you’ll hear about the history of the company, watch a video detailing the beer-making process, take a walking tour of the plant, and, when you’re finished, sample various Boulevard beers. The tour is free; reservations can be made by calling 816/474-7095.