A brewing and distilling renaissance is sweeping Overland Park. Inspired by a boozy history that included an underground bar scene that thrived during Prohibition, a vibrant collection of breweries, distilleries and wineries are flourishing throughout Overland Park and beyond, bringing new meaning to the phrase “drink local!”
Beer is the star at downtown Overland Park’s Brew Lab, which started as a professional brewing resource and home brew supply store. It is now a full-blown brewery, taproom, and restaurant. Not only can guests enjoy locally made beers and small plates; they can also sign up for classes and other opportunities to brew their own beer right alongside the pros. Keep that pub crawl going and make a stop at Martin City Brewery in Mission Farms. This popular craft beer can be found all over town, but the brewery is the best. (And get the pizza too!)
Need a little time in the outdoors? Stop at the Aubrey Vineyards. The vineyards in southern Overland Park pay homage to the early days of the area’s winemaking, when, in the 1880s, Missouri was the largest producer of U.S. wines. Now, wineries in both Kansas and Missouri are quickly growing, including Aubrey Vineyards.