Avery, 4 Hands, Bell's, Golden Draak, North Coast, Rogue and Tenth and Blake are among the breweries committed to participating. Boulevard founder John McDonald and brewmaster Steven Pauwels are slated to talk, as are Free State's head brewer Steve Bradt, Mother's Head Brewer Doug Riddle, Tallgrass owner Jeff Gill and brewmaster Andrew Hood, and Sam Adams brewer Seth Adams (no relation).
The craft-beer festival arrives just after Lew's has apparently overhauled its tap system. KC Beer Blog notes that Lew's now has 12 taps and a bigger craft selection. This year's Hopfest includes food trucks, a home-brew competition and music from DJ CMAC. The festival is in the parking lot adjacent to the Well on 74th Terrace. Admission comes with a souvenir tasting glass and the promise of more than 250 craft beers from 50 different breweries. Tickets cost $35. VIP admission ($55) gets you entry at 1 p.m.