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The Foundry

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

23 Ratings
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 6.99%
Taps: 26
Bottles: 75
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

424 Westport Rd
Kansas City, Missouri, 64111-3005
United States
phone: (816) 960-0866

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2008)
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Photo of evilcatfish
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

evilcatfish, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%

Located on Westport Road, right next store to McCoys Public house. Parking can be a pain, but I was lucky to get a space right across from the door. Have a good selection of local beer on tap, a good selection of Belgium's on tap and a beer engine. What more could you ask for? My only complaint was they have a large patio out front where the smokers hang out and the smoke tends to drift into the bar, because there is nothing separating the two. Enjoyed the McCoys IPA on cask as well as the Boulevard Bully Porter, both were excellent. Worth checking out if you are in the Westport Road area and can find parking.

FLBeerGuy, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of Basoos1
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Basoos1, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

One of the better beer spots to hit up in KC if you want a great selection and lax atmosphere around happy hour. The rotating taps are pretty decent, but the "cellar" always has some outstanding, very difficult to find bottles. Now, are you willing to swallow the $28 price tag that comes with them is another thing (but still cheaper than the Beer Kitchen across the street on their rare stuff). Always a great place for beer events as well. You can also get a good deal on the Mccoy's beers next door (the brew pub that I believe owns The Foundry).

The food is decent for pub food. Haven't had the pizzas yet, but the burgers are fair. Don't expect to be blown away with the food quality though. The deserts are quite delicious though.

Atmosphere can really vary depending on when you stop by. If you are looking for chilled, laid back setting, I suggest going before 9 on the weekends. Any later than that, they try to turn this great beer stop into a club by removing the tables, blaring the music, and setting up the dance floor. So, if standing sandwiched in a crowd crotch-to-ass and attempting (and failing miserably) to scream over the music to the bartender to order your beer sounds good to you, then I suggest showing up around midnight on Fri/Sat.

Bosoxfan20, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%

Yet another worthy spot in Kansas City for BA worthy beer and decent if not amazing food. We went twice, had assorted fish Tacos each time, enjoyed fresh tasting quality local beer and in general had a good time. Our group of 9 the second time experienced some slow service. Large outdoor space, retro inside with ample tubes to enjoy the game or whatever was on ESPN. Large variety of quality beer offering both on tap and in bottles. Casual, relaxed and decent place for a pint or two, a meal or with a group. Worth a visit.

Billolick, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of Fluffheady
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%

This is a pretty cool spot to hang out. They are owned by the same people as McCoy’s and Beer Kitchen across the street. It is actually attached to McCoy’s and serves all their beer. We tried to order a bunch of pony (6oz) size beers to make our own local tasting. Unfortunately, they were out of about half of the special things. It was pretty frustrating because we would tell the server what we wanted, he would come back 4 minutes later and say they were out, we would tell him a replacement, they would be out of that...etc. etc. Our friends ordered food which looked like nice quality pub food. The clientele gets a little douchy later at night. We came back at about 1 in the morning until close, and it is a really great late night hang out place. There’s 4 great beer places to check out right here, so if you like beer, you should visit this neighborhood. The decor is really weird (supper club chic??) but it's fun.

Fluffheady, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of cambrennan
4/5  rDev -3.6%

cambrennan, Feb 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

22Blue, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of HamGlade10
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%

Stopped in for lunch before a 5 hour drive home. The Beer Kitchen was PACKED for sunday brunch. We stopped had a couple beers and some food. The beer selection is very good, was able to ask for free samples of good stuff. The food was outstanding. My wife had the pork tacos and i had the turkey meatball slides, but were very good, hands down! I learned that McCoys, Beer Kitchen and Foundry are all owned by the same people and all right across the street from one another. I would recommend anyone to stop in one of these establishments and have a beer and some food.

PS...Foundry is a Hipster Bar.

HamGlade10, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of valkyre65
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Hit this place on a return trip through KCMO on our way back to Texas. Still have friends living in that area and one was nice enough to introduce us to this mecca of "Beer Palaces". The place is well laid out with nice indoor seating, but the patio was just perfect for the warm afternoon we were there.
We liked the laid back atmosphere that was the whole vibe of the place and everyone we dealt with was very friendly and appeasing. The quality of the "on taps" was outstanding as were the amazing array of choices of same. We literally spent 3 hours "pouring" over the vast menu of selections and choices they have, to pick those we tried. We did have to amble back to the bar inside for most beers we ordered, but we did get there right as they opened at 16:00. Had a few food items during our sampling and although they were better than most places with such a vast selection of beers, they were more along the line of upscale munchies. For all the beers, food and great atmosphere the overall value seemed very reasonable to us. Will make sure this place is on our schedule each return trip to KCMO.
My recommendation is that if you come within striking distance of this fine establishment, do be sure to visit them and at least ogle the magnificent wall of taps that very few places of this quality have for today's Beer Hunters. Enjoy!

valkyre65, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of hwwty4
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

I met another BA down in Westport to give the newest Kansas City beer bar a whirl. This place is located right behind McCoys (and is owned by the same people) and not marked very well. As you walk up, they have a big open patio that you walk through to go inside. When you walk in there is a large bar directly in front of you with about 20 seats and more seating off to your right. I moseyed up to the bar and was quickly served by Ethan (the only male bartender their). The atmosphere is hip/funky and goes along with the whole alternative Westport vibe. They had about 20 or so taps, 60 bottles and a beer engine. I was informed that they had just finished the cask and wouldn't be putting another on until later. Their beer selection was pretty good and definitely the best in the Westport area. Some of the highlights were Golden Carolus, Houblon Chouffe, and Delirium Tremens. The only downside was that they had most of McCoys beers filling up the tap handles. The food was pretty tasty. We split a couple appetizers and they were all excellent. Overall this is a welcomed addition to a ever growing KC beer scene. With a little time, this could grow into one of the better beer bars in the town and will definitely be my go to bar whenever I'm in Westport.

hwwty4, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of HOPPYKC
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

This is an amazing find right in the heart of Westport. The flying saucer is the best beer place in kansas city but the overall neightborhood of the Foundry has them beat easily. Lots of selections on tap and a great selection of both local brews and imports. A great selection of upper end brews, including Mikkeller and many others. The food is great and all in all priced well. The staff is much better than that of the FS Great seasonal selection and would def reccomend this to anyone who wants a good beer in a better part of town than the FS.

HOPPYKC, Sep 12, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

LambicPentameter, Aug 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

cherche, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

The Foundry was the last beer stop for my wife and myself in Kansas City (MO and KA). What a cool joint!

Located in Westport, the cool nightlife area in KC, The Foundry is owned by the same guys that manage McCoy's, the microbrewery next door.

The vibe here is cool and mellow on a Saturday evening, not crowded but lively. Great service at the bar, happy chicks eager to please, singing and dancing to the tunes coming out of the stereo system.

An extensive menu, with mostly fried items, burgers, sandwiches and pizzas. We shared a "beer bite" called "Red Rocket"- Kobe beef corndog lollipops, deep-fried and accompanied by tasty sauces. 4 for $7, alright I guess, but Kobe? Not sure...

Price was OK in general, but some specialty beers were outrageous- Southern Tier Javah for $8 and Pannepot for $9. Other than that, I had a sampler of McCoys' own brews. They were mostly alright or mediocre, except for the IPA which was only OK. They do have a variety of brews, though, including a Scotch Ale, DIPA and Oatmeal Stout.

25 taps plus 11 house taps. Some names: Chouffe, Green Flash Hop Red, Southern Javah, Stone Escondidian, Pannepot, Goose Sofia, Nebraska IPA, Stone Smoked Porter, Green Flash Summer Saison, New Belgium La Folie, Boulevard Tank 7.

Lots of young, good-looking guys and girls and great times overall. Will come back next time we're in Kansas City!

DoubleSimcoe, Sep 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

BenjaminKelley, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of Reaper16
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Kansas City's branch of the Flying Saucer chain gets the majority of the city's beer nerd attention, but The Foundry is just as good a beer bar. If not better.

The Foundry has a very open-industrial vibe with various brewerania adorning the walls and cieling. Plenty of tables and booths and a comfortable open area for pool & darts. The bathroom is pretty cozy, with a weird, futuristic communal trough sink located outside of the bathroom doors. It's biggest atmospheric benefits, though, are the bar and patio. The Foundry has a lovely open patio with plenty of tables. The bar is not horizontal but rectangular, a sort of peninsula, with the bartender able to serve all 3 sides of the bar. The bartenders I've had have been very knowledgeable and go out of their way to make the experience great for beer nerds.

The Foundry has a deep bottle selection, but for me its all about the taps. There's about 20 taps (not counting all of the beers from the adjoining McCoy's brewpub) and there are very few taps dedicated to non-nerdy options. On Wednesday, The Foundry had amongst its draught options: Goose Island Bourbon County Brand VANILLA Stout, Firestone Walker 14th Anniversary Ale, Stone Double Bastard, Dieu de Ciel Rosee d'Hibiscus, Houblon Chouffe, Avery Majaraja, and Southern Tier Cuvee 3, amongst many others. Plus, McCoy's beers are often fine choices too. You will not want for lovely beers at this bar.

Reaper16, May 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

mojohawk21, Apr 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

capnamerica, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of mikennat
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

My wife and I really enjoyed this place. We will be returning. We liked the variety of places where the tables were placed and how the bar was not in the center, but off to the side, so you still felt as if you were in a restaurant while eating. The outdoor patio is very spacious as well. Unlike the other reviewer, the smoke did not bother us because the garage doors were closed. The beer selection was impressive. The food was excellent and the service was very good. It did get loud inside as the night went on, but that is typical of any bar/restaurant. My wife absolutely loved the music variety they played. We will visit again and take friends.

mikennat, May 05, 2011
Photo of dradair
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

dradair, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Penguins66
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%

visited 5/21/12

My wife & I stopped here on the last day of a long weekend in KC. It was a warm, sunny Monday afternoon. They had just opened and patrons were already starting to accumulate on the sizable patio. At first I was a little hesitant due to 2 things:

1. The brewpub next door (McCoy's) appeared to be far busier.

2. I was one of the few people there (patrons or employees) who wasn't sporting multiple tattoos and/or piercings.

My wife, ever the adventurist, convinced me to take a seat at a table on the patio and a few minutes later our server came by with menus. He was pleasant and not pushy, asking if we needed any beer recommendations. He also advised us of the happy hour specials that had just started. We were only too eager to patronize the 1/2 price McCoy's drafts and beer bites (a.k.a. appetizers). We sampled a few of each, then ordered a few more drinks from the very extensive beer menu.

Food quality was decent, though we weren't impressed by the nachos. Beer selection was superb. Our only complaint on the latter was the last bottles we ordered were practically room temperature, as if they had been just put in the cooler. We chalked that up to bad timing on our part. Overall, we definitely have The Foundry on our list of places to (re-)visit next time we are in town.

Penguins66, May 29, 2012
The Foundry in Kansas City, MO
92 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.