Rotary Club launches Brewfest to benefit local nonprofit groups

Continuing their tradition of service before self, the Lee’s Summit Downtown Rotary Club has announced the Strother Brewfest will hit the historic downtown district on Saturday, May 11.

The Strother Brewfest will feature more than 40 breweries, wineries and distilleries with beers hailing from as close as downtown Lee’s Summit breweries Smoke Brewing Company, Fringe Beerworks and Grains & Taps to Kansas City-area and regional brew houses.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Downtown Rotary Club, which assists many Lee’s Summit and area nonprofit organizations, such as Hillcrest, Lee’s Summit Social Services, Coldwater and One Good Meal.




Josh Edwards, owner of Smoke Brewing Company, said the organization is thrilled to not only be able to raise vital funds for local nonprofits, but he enjoys any opportunity to show off downtown Lee’s Summit.

“We have an incredibly vibrant and energetic downtown area that people from all over Kansas City should see,” Edwards said. “Come in from Waldo, come in from Brookside, come in from the Crossroads. How can we get people to see what a gem we have in downtown Lee’s Summit? We put on an event that will not only be memorable, but will directly help local charities.”

Local and regional breweries on tap for the inaugural event include: 3 Trails Brewing, Apex Ale, Big Rip, Blackstag Brewery, Brew Lab, Callsign, Cinder Block, Cock a Doodle Brews,Crane Brewing, Double Shift, Dubious Claims Brewery, East Forty Brewery, Fringe Beerworks,Grains and Taps, KC Bier Co., New Axiom, Red Crow, Smoke Brewing Co., Torn Label Brewing, Wind Shift Brewing, 4204 Main St., 4 Hands, Brickway Brewing, COOP Ale Works,Earthbound Beer, Leaky Roof Meadery, Merchant Du Vin, Mother’s Brewing Co., Piney River Brewing, Schlafly and Six Mile Bridge Brewing.

Holladay Distilling, Restless Spirits and Union Horse will also be featured at the Strother Brewfest, along with local wineries.

“This is such a unique setting for a beer festival,” Edwards said. “Very few festivals take place in a downtown. The charm and atmosphere of our downtown will set the tone for a fantastic event.”