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Kansas City residents are a little bit prideful about the Boulevard Brewing Company, as if to say: "So what if  St. Louis has Anheuser-Busch, we have Boulevard." Among its many beers, this brewery offers its fans everything from unfiltered wheat (a favorite) to pale ale to pilsner. The brewery has become the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest and ships its beers to more than 30 states across the U.S, and Washington, D.C. The brewery has seen such success and growth that it opened a visitors center in the summer of 2016 with beer exhibits, a larger tasting room and an expanded retail shop.

Beer connoisseurs are in for a treat at this brewery. Visitors can take a free guided tour, which includes a short video of how the beer is made, a history of the Boulevard Brewing Company, a walk-through and also some samples. Travelers said the tour guides are insightful, entertaining and funny and offer a thorough presentation of the various types of beer. 

Boulevard Brewery's free tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the tour. Tickets become available at 10 a.m. and tours fill up quickly, so it's best to head here early to snag a ticket. There are also a few other more in-depth tours available, including the Smokestack Tour and Tasting (a food and beer pairing) and the Unfiltered Tour and Tasting (a 90-minute experience where visitors get to see other areas of the brewery typically off-limits to the general public), though these tours will cost a fee. You'll find the Boulevard Brewing Company in the Westside South neighborhood in downtown Kansas City, right off of Southwest Boulevard. Visit the website to find out more on the types of beers brewed and various tours.

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