Amerisports Brew Pub

Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

3200 Ameristar Dr
Kansas City, Missouri, 64161
United States

(816) 414-7121 | map
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Reviewed by whynot44 from Missouri

3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4
Very impressive as a sports bar, more than enough sports coverage with plenty of screens. A good atmosphere to relax and enjoy whatever sports you might be into or just rest up between other activities.
The service was quick and efficient but not particularly pleasant - not New York rude, but close.
The food was actually pretty good by sports bar standards. Decent taste and plenty of it.
I was much less impressed with the beer. I had their red lager and couldn't really taste much more than Budweiser. I under4stand their pale ale is much better but haven't tried it myself.
Nov 12, 2005
More User Ratings:
Rated: 3 by nbrio85 from Missouri

Apr 27, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by 22Blue from Kansas

Sep 05, 2014
Rated: 5 by Derrill from Missouri

Aug 28, 2014
Rated: 3 by jaydoc from Kansas

Oct 12, 2013
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Reviewed by bogiestl from Missouri

2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3
If you're staying at the hotel, fine... Comfortable place, well-designed, only thing that would have been better would have been recliner bar stools...

And I don't know if they brew on site or not, or if they buy their stuff from another outfit. I was there on a weekend, so didn't see anyone actually making stuff... I drive expedited freight around the country, and tend to collect growlers, so that was mostly what I was there for. Sampler was decent, but nothing really stood out. Seemed to be more of a "let's ride the craft beer fad" sort of thing than anything else - next year, there will be something different in that part of the casino.

I took a (clear glass - ugh...) growler home, and I think it was the red that it was filled with, but the choice didn't really leap out for me.
May 11, 2013
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Reviewed by gixxerman from Pennsylvania

2.76/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5
Stopped into this sports bar on a Tuesday night to watch the Pens game. In the city that wanted our hockey team so bad, the 'sports' bar did not have the game. As a matter of fact they only had one of the 6 NHL games available.

The place was pretty dark, but there were a lot of TVs. It is probably a good place to watch a KU basketball game or Chief's football game, but don't count on too much from out of town, especially hockey.

I ordered one beer, it was the Hard Ball Dark, it was smooth creamy and very good. It was one of the 5 beers on the menu, there were no special offerings available when I was there.

The waitress seemed confused when we asked to watch the game, and she sent the manager over, who asks us "If we had a problem". Very strange reaction, we just ask to watch the game, she then checked and informed us they didn't have it.

The atmosphere seemed more chain restaurant like then brewpub or sports bar. I saw one booth where someone was watching Oprah, and more than a few Coors Lights being consumed. You have to love that, seeing people drinking Coor's Light at a brewpub. If you ask me a real brewpub only serves it's own beer, and maybe one or two 'guest' micros.

I guess I would revisit for a beer if I was going to gamble at the casino, but I think I will find somewhere else to watch the game.
Mar 15, 2007
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Reviewed by Dansting from Kansas

3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5
I have been here several times, and it's a good place to grab a few beers before hitting the craps table. The inside looks like a Las Vegas Sports Book (without the betting, unfortunately) and it has many TVs around the bar. Also, certain booths have their own TVs which you can change channels on to watch what you want. As for the beers, they're good, I guess. Nothing outstanding, but nothing horrible either. They have a light lager, a blonde, a stout, and an amber, and a "seasonal" beer which just happens to always be an American Pale Ale. All are what they are, just nothing too exciting. The food is usually pretty good, and the service is about the same. I watched a World Series game there once on the big screen, and that was pretty cool. For me though, unless you are already at the casino or in the area, this isn't worth the trip just for the beer.
Jul 24, 2006
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Reviewed by jjayjaye from New York

3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5
Another fine craft beer establishment that I was fortunate enough to visit as part of a well planned business trip through Kansas City. The Sports Bar is a unique experience being that it is part of the greater Ameristar Casino. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the hotel on two separate occasions. I used to make a point of stopping in for at least one meal when I traveled to KC (until I found the Power Plant Restaurant & Brewery in Parkville). It’s got an incredible set up of large screen TVs to sit and watch the big game. I know few folks that make a fairly long drive out there to do just that. There is a better than average food selection in the bar, but there is an unlimited variety of food nearby as part of the greater casino complex. For me it’s about the beer, my favorite is the Hard Ball Dark. I can’t say that it is the most imaginative brew I’ve ever had but it’s very good just the same. The service there is always top notch. I would recommend it to any craft beer advocate. Especially to one looking for a little diversion while they enjoy a fine beer. Fare warning to those who might over indulge at the Sports Bar and be inclined to board the boat to make “a donation’ and partake in the frivolity with the rest of the beautiful people aboard.
Jun 04, 2006
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Reviewed by brewQ from Missouri

3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3
You get a clue that this place is a different kind of brewpub when you drive in. They had Tony Bennet, Merle Haggard, Lisa Marie Presley and Kansas on the main stage marquee for November!

The casino complex is very nice, clean, with movie theaters, lots of decent local restaurants. Better than the couple of brewpubs in casinos I've been to in Las Vegas.

The Pub itself is large and airy, lots of stonework and metal and a good sized semicircle bar. Innumerable TVs and ample seating. I enjoyed the open windows to the casino/mall walkway.

It was a quiet afternoon so I had a chance to talk to the very capable bartender. She walked through the "Beer Menu", which hasn't changed in the three times I have been here. Four or five house beers on tap, Red, Pale, Light Blond, some kind of Stout.

They offer only their own brews on tap, or draw, as the locals tend to say. Still, most of the volume seems to come from bottles of the leading macro beers.

Interesting tidbit: At this point the Amerisports beers are not sold in the rest of the bars and restaurants in the complex! Apparently, they would need to work through a local distributor in order to make that happen (MO law). The bartender said they are pursuing this.

Granted, the current beers are not great, Yet, if they had some steady volume at the casino and maybe a few kegs out in the general market, perhaps they could play with some bettter beer recipes.

(This place is only 3-4 miles from my house so I'm fantasizing here).

Until that all happens, be careful here. They'll put their half-hearted home brew, already very cold, into a chilled glass.

Back to earth, right now as others have said this is not a craft beer destination. If you like gambling or are in the area, stop by. Maybe Elvis will be on the Marquee.
Nov 25, 2005
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Reviewed by bditty187 from Nebraska

3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4
Update: I returned to Amerisports on May 31, 2005. I visited during the afternoon, around 4pm and the place was largely empty. I sat at the bar and ordered their Pale Ale. The bartender was not busy *at all* yet it took him many minutes to serve me. Once he did I still tipped him a buck and then he became very friendly. That was very lame. Once the rest of my party arrived we sat a booth with a touch screen TV and watch ESPN. The service was very good. I ordered the Combo Platter; I like the chicken strips and Pork rib tips (even though they weren’t the real deal BBQ thing). My dad ordered the beer sampler and I tried all there beer again. They were nothing special at all, however the Pale Ale was tasty. So my second visit was much like the first…

Amerisports Brewpub is part of a rather large complex that is the Ameristar Casino. This was my first visit and I was impressed with the whole thing. But this review is for the brewpub alone.

This is the nicest looking sports bar I have ever visited. It is too nice to be a serious sports bar. It is really a restaurant with numerous TVs tuned to sports. That is cool but it isn’t designed to be a real sports bar for diehard fans. It seems like a casual restaurant with a slightly nicer décor. I found it to be a tad dark inside, good for the mood but bad for seeing the beer. The tables and some of the walls are a dark colored wood and the exposed brick is dark. Dim lighting. The bar is upfront with plenty of seating. The brewing equipment is exposed, behind glass, to the right. This is a good-looking establishment. It doesn’t have much charm however; it is too polished for me.

The wait staff were all women and they were wearing tiny shorts. This might call into question my heterosexuality but I seen one too many camel toes. Kind of tacky. Our waitress was a little slow but no real qualms.

The food menu is limited to sandwiches, burgers, and a few salads, appetizers, and entrées. The chicken tenders dinner was tasty and the portion was big. I thought the food prices were good. I could see myself eating here again.

Their beer selection was hurting, they offer four regular offerings, all lagers, a Pale Lager, a Light Lager, a Dunkel, and a Red. They offer one seasonal and I didn’t try it. Plus they carry macro-lagers in bottles. Awesome!! The beer comes freezing cold in either 23 or 16-ounce glasses. See my reviews for details but the beer is nothing special.

IMO, this brewpub is nothing worth seeking out; it is just one piece of a bigger puzzle that is Ameristar Casino. Not for beer geeks.
Jun 07, 2004
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Reviewed by DPMomutant from Missouri

3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5
I've been here a few times since this the reincarnation as AmeriSports and as a sports fan I am impressed.

You walk in and you know you don't have to worry about missing anything. TVs are everywhere and the bigger ones have split screens with several things at once. Have a non-sports fan with you? They can play trivia too.

Get a booth if you can, those have their own screens. With a touch, you get any of 16 channels with audio for your booth.

The service is friendly and usually prompt although a couple times I had to wait a few extra minutes for a refill.

The food selection isn't huge, but covers most everything you'd want in a sports bar. The food itself is slightly above average and is served very quickly.

As for beers, I've had two of the permanent offerings, a Dunkel and a Muchner. I preferred the Dunkel but both were good. I also had two separate "Draft Choice Special" seasonals, a Bock and a Pale. I preferred those to the permanents, especially the Pale (a style where freshness is definitely a plus, see review). If you like it, half gallon growlers are readily available. The first fill is only $10.25 which I figure will be discounted when (not if) I bring back the jug for refill.

If you're travelling (or even local really) and looking for a sports bar this is the place to go, even if you're not the gambling type. I've yet to try the other brewpubs in town and if they're as good or better than this I'm in for a treat.
May 25, 2004
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Reviewed by afatty from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4
Note name changed to Amerisports Brew Pub not yet reflected in the listing.

My second trip to the Ameristar Casino the last week of April got me into the Brew Pub. The first time I was shut out because all the local KC fans were there to take in the NCAA tournament in March.

It's a serious sports bar atmosphere. 41 screens with more sports than you can watch at once. Smoking and non-smoking sections but if you object to smoke, you may be out of luck if it's crowded. There was a good food menu and of the 4 separate selections ordered by my table were all well prepared and quite tasty. 4 separate lagar style beers on their regular menu were all good. I tried the sampler of all 5 current beers. All the lager styles (Pilsner, Helles, Dunkel, and Munchner) were good. In fact, the only ale that they had was their current draft special and was my least favorite. It was pale and tastless. The fact that I enjoyed their lagers is quite inportant as I'm really an ale man. My biggest disappointment was that with such a great brewing faclity, there were not more styles available. I suppose that the you brew what sells in your environment.

In three trips there in the last month, I've not yet seen the brewhouse in operation. I was told that the brewing is done during hours after the restaurant is closed.

Walking down the "streets" and looking up at the "sky" makes a visit to the Ameristar worthwhile. You've got to see it to beleive.
May 14, 2004
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Reviewed by Quaffer from Nevada

3.6/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
This place is right in the middle of the Ameristar Casino (formerly Station Casino). There are people constantly going in and out. It has high ceilings, is loud, and lit up like a Christmas tree. Occasionally, there is even a lounge-type performer playing piano and singing. Oh, joy . . .

The beers they make are pretty good. You can get a sampler where they bring out a tray with a 4-6 oz. glass of each of their brews. It's worth it to be able to give all the beers a try at once.

The waitstaff and bartenders are your average fair.

They do (or at least did) allow cigar smoking, but I have been asked to move to a different table because my smoke was bothering someone. The waitress was polite and apologetic about it, though.
Feb 09, 2003
Amerisports Brew Pub in Kansas City, MO
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