Leinenkugel’s KC Offers Beer, Bites Starting March 7

Kansas City Power & Light District welcomes the first restaurant from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company.

It’s only natural that at Leinenkugel’s Kansas City, opening March 7, beer is the star of the show.

The restaurant boasts 30 bottled options and 16 beer taps, allowing patrons to sip Leinenkugel offerings as well as locally produced Boulevard, Martin Brewing Company and Crane Brewing drafts. Other drinks include beer cocktails, beer blends and specialty beer features, such as the Creamy Dark Ice Cream Float, Leinenkugel’s Creamy Dark with two scoops of coffee ice cream.

What may come as a surprise is the food, a collaboration between Cleaver & Cork and Leinenkugel’s KC Executive Chef Matt Livers and the Leinenkugel family, a blend of the brand’s Wisconsin heritage and KC’s growing farm-to-table scene.

Distinctive dishes include light and flavorful beer-battered fish tacos with shaved cabbage, lime aioli, cotija cheese, picked onion and house-made salsa; a rich white cheddar and brisket melt with beer barbecue sauce; and, as the brewery’s Associate Marketing Manager John Leinenkugel describes it, “a cute little Wisconsin delicacy known as a bratwurst” served Reuben-style on a hoagie bun with Thousand Island dressing, melted Swiss and caraway sauerkraut alongside crispy fries.

The menu also features poutine, lobster street tacos, burgers, steak and shrimp, North Atlantic salmon and beer-battered fish and chips. Cinnamon apple brioche monkey bread, a not-too-sweet chocolate crunch cake and a Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss Float are available for dessert

Located on the first level of the Kansas City Live! Block, the restaurant will be home to a beer garden with a two-sided fireplace and soft seating ideal for dining al fresco and catching performances on the KC Live! stage.

“Leinenkugel’s has been around for 149 years. We now have the sixth generation of family members involved in our brewery, and to be partnered with the Kansas City Power & Light District and a great operator here, I really am excited about this concept and this opportunity,” John Leinenkugel says, adding, “It’s an exciting time in beer, and it’s an exciting time for beer here in Kansas City and specifically downtown, so I’m looking forward to a great, longstanding relationship.”

Hours will be 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday and noon-10 p.m. Sunday. Happy hour runs 4-7 p.m. weekdays, with a late night happy hour featuring $5 food items 10 p.m.-close nightly.