Kansas City’s Boulevard tops craft beer list

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 in Alumni News and News

Boulevard Brewing Company | photo by Steve Puppe
Boulevard Brewing, the Kansas City, Missouri, brewery started in 1989 by KU alumnus John McDonald, tops the “Best craft beer breweries in America” list compiled by Time Out New York in August. The magazine calls Boulevard “the biggest star in the America craft beer scene” and singles out Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale for its “legendary status among the country’s tap fiends.”

In a 2010 article in Kansas Alumni, McDonald, a painting and printmaking major, described how he discovered the European craft-brewing tradition during a trip to Paris. “It was a real eye-opener,” McDonald said. “That’s when I first thought, ‘Wow, why can’t we have something like this in the United States?’”

McDonald launched the company in a Southwest Boulevard warehouse that once housed his father’s industrial supply business and built it into the largest craft brewery in the Midwest before selling it to Belgian beermaker Duvel Moortgat in 2013. Once a regional brand, Boulevard is now available in 32 states and England, France, China, the Nordic States and Belgium.

—Steven Hill

Photo by Steve Puppe

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