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KC in the Spotlight: Beer and Coffee

KC is getting lots of attention these days, and we’re rounding up its top mentions in one place.

The Internet is jonesing for KC java. List-making leader Thrillist ranked Kansas City (making special note to include Kansas and Missouri) as No. 8 on its list of America’s eight best coffee cities, crediting PT’s Coffee Roasters for contributing to the region’s coffee culture in the early 90s. (The Topeka-based company operated stores in Overland Park back in the day before returning to the metro with its current Crossroads location.) “But one great company does not a coffee city make,” Thrillist notes before singing the praises of The Roasterie, Second Best and Oddly Correct.

Oddly Correct is also singled out as one of the “the coolest coffeeshops from coast to coast” in an article on 10Best, a travel-focused website from USA Today. Roaster Mike Schroeder offers up his recommendation: “a black coffee made using the Kalita Wave dripper.”

Kansas City’s other drinkable export got its fair share of love lately. Men’s Journal applauded Boulevard’s Radler and Pop-Up Session IPA cans for being some of the best beer can designs on the planet, and the brewery helped secure KC a spot at No. 2 on Travel + Leisure’s list of America’s best cities for beer lovers, as voted by readers through its America’s Favorite Cities survey. Although Boulevard is our most recognizable brewer, Travel + Leisure smartly recommends beer tourists also check out Torn Label, Cinder Block or Big Rip—or grabbing Craft & Draft section seats at Kauffman Stadium during a Royals game.

Also noteworthy according to national outlets: the mega $25 million donation the Kansas City Art Institute recently received. A story about the gift, one of the largest ever to a North American art school, appeared in the New York Times.

And in case you missed it, the Wall Street Journal covered how downtown KC has emerged as a luxury living destination. Home envy awaits in the article, along with some creative interpretations of what can be considered downtown.