“What care I how time advances? I am drinking ale today. ”

- Edgar Allen Poe

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Natalie Gallagher- Writer for 435 Magazine

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 There’s so much to like about Brewery Emperial. The Crossroads brewery-restaurant is the brainchild of a group of longtime friends, who also happen to have substantial industry resumes: Keith Thompson, a former brewmaster at McCoy’s Public House, and his wife Julie; Ted Habiger, chef-owner at Room 39; and Rich Kasyjanski, a former bartender at McCoy’s. Brewery Emperial’s vibe is both kitschy and fun, with a great wood-fired oven in full view of the dining room and a beer garden that more than doubles the restaurant’s capacity. The beer alone is worth a visit: the Biscuit Ale blends an old-school English ESB with American Pale Ale, and the house Tripel is rich and satisfying. When it comes to grub, the menu is wide-ranging and approachable. Habiger has upgraded traditional pub food, and you can trust that kitchen ingredients are sourced as locally as possible: much like Room 39, Brewery Emperial is committed to supporting local farms and economy. Not only can you feel good about dining at this joint, your tummy will thank you.

   Must-try dishes: Duck confit Scotch egg, wood-fired half chicken, rabbit molé





Brewery Emperial is tucked into the Crossroads District on 18th and Oak. A mix of industrial and rustic decor, it has a warm inviting feel. With the open kitchen and hearth, you can sit and watch your food be prepared. Owners Keith Thompson, Room 39’s Ted Habiger, Richard Kasyjanski & Julie Thompson have put their all into this small but amazing space. They have 6 beers; Milk Stout, Porter, Biscuit, Pilsner, Kolsch & IPA, along with a full bar. It should also be noted that they do have food, while I didn’t try any, the menu looked delicious!



FEAST Magazine Contributing Editor for Kansas City & Founder of Test Kitchen Underground Supperclub. ... Jenny Vergara‏ @jvergara



Sundays at Brewery Emperial in the Crossroads have become an indoor/outdoor playground for hospitality professionals, downtown dwellers and beer-lovers alike. Celebrate Sunday Funday from noon to 8pm at this brewery run by master brewer Keith Thompson; his wife, Julie; Ted Habiger and Rich Kasyjanski. Order one of Brewery Emperial's delicious house brews paired with a variety of tacos, which are on special on Sundays. Pick four tacos for $10 or $3 each, filled with your choice of veggie, chorizo, steak or the daily wild card. (Photo by Anna Petrow)

Brewery Emperial, 1829 Oak St., Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.945.9625, breweryemperial.com

Jenny Vergara


Come stay for a while!




To offer the highest quality locally sourced products, served in a casual environment with the guests experience and pleasure being paramount to all.  Supporting our staff with knowledge through training and experience, we hope to make everyone’s visit to bE a visit worth recommending and repeating. Using fresh seasonal ingredients to elevate casual fare, while we deliver the highest quality neoclassic versions of ales and lagers. The driving force behind establishing the brewery Emperial brand is a vision of quality delivered with our personality.  



In all we do, our goal is to empower our community, deliver great food and beer in a friendly and attentive manner while maintaining a casual atmosphere suitable for any occasion.



Great Beers!           Bringing ales and lagers to the East Crossroads community in an effort to contribute to the craft brewing movement by producing world class Beer!



Delicious Food Locally sourced, fresh seasonal ingredients are the basis for our menu. Be sure to ask about daily specials and sit at our chef's counter to enjoy the ambience of our large open flame hearth in the kitchen



Comfortable  & casual environment suitable for business, families, friends, special occassions, you'll feel at home with us. Our intimate dining room or our spacious beer garden make for a great place to hang out.



 Attentive & Friendly- We strive to serve and keep you comfortable, anticipating your needs and giving you options that will surely gratify.


Bringing what we know to you- our guests and learning together what we do not know


brewery Emperial -

We get asked about our name sometimes...

There are several layers to what we decided to call ourselves;

In the history of Kansas City, there were several breweries of note. The shell of a former great one worth remembering still sits along I-35 about 3 miles from where our location is... The Imperial Brewery building stands as a reminder of the days when bigger meant better. From the late 19th century until prohibition, Imperial Brewery had a foothold in Kansas City: brewery Emperial is a nod to the noble Kansas City brewing tradition.  

In addition to that homage, bE is named in the more European tradition of "brewery" first - this represents our intention to keep beers our main focus, we will serve Great bEer, that's what we want to do, first & foremost.  

Emperial: A combination of two words-

Empirical: as in     -   that's a fact, Jack!  

Imperial:   -    meaning majestic; of a demanding quality; worthy of royalty (Go Royals!); domineering 


Emperial  [em-peer-ee-uhl]  adj.     It's a fact, our food and beer is high quality, worthy of royalty and         you will bE treated as such.





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