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Celebrating Kansas Breweries, American Palate

A Tour of the Kansas Beer Industry

Breweries in the state of Kansas are opening at a fast pace, in communities from Council Grove to Olathe. As the industry grows, the opportunities for craft beer fans to enjoy the communities and beer abound. Check out Ryan Triggs and Nick Feightner at Tall Trellis Brew Co. where you can enjoy a pint while sitting next to hop bines. Visit Fields & Ivy Brewery, the only brewery in the state with an active grain silo. Author Michael Travis traveled for a year and visited every brewery, capturing the heartbeat and story behind the owners and head brewers who make the magic happen.

Michael J. Travis

Michael Travis first fell in love with beer while attending the University of New Hampshire in the early 1980s. He graduated with a BA in economics, studying important supply and demand theories, learning to take advantage of heavily inventoried, inexpensive beer brands perfect to quench a college kid's thirst. Michael worked in corporate retail for years, starting with Target in Minneapolis, birthplace of both of his daughters. He learned to appreciate the art and effort put into gourmet food, exquisite wine and great craft beer during his career spent primarily with Payless ShoeSource in Topeka, Kansas. Michael celebrates the spiral-bound journal he wrote, capturing a 1972 family summer road trip to the West Coast and back, by seeing Celebrating Kansas Breweries: People, Places & Stories be published fifty years later.

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