After six years in North Kansas City, Grain to Glass closes its doors

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Grain to Glass closes its doors after nearly six years in North Kansas City.

Grain to Glass, a North Kansas City homebrew supply shop and craft beer bar, plans to close on January 31st. Owner Jennifer Helber first opened Grain to Glass in the River Market in August of 2012 in a corner of the Market 3 bodega along 3rd Street. She relocated the shop to 1611 Swift in NKC, on March 1, 2014, in time for the Snake Saturday Parade.

After many years in business, Helber made a tough decision to close. Helber says, “Due to two years of decreased sales, along with an increase in rent, this seems like the time to exit.”

Grain to Glass Cider Day apple pressing

Beginning of the boom

Grain to Glass served a diverse clientele from across the city during the first wave of the modern craft beer and homebrewing boom in the 2010s. Numerous other homebrew supply shops have since opened across Greater Kansas City, serving customers closer to where they live and brew. 

Helber shares thoughts on her accomplishments with the business. “I’m most proud of the relationships we’ve made with customers,” Helber says. “The ingredient kits we assemble have kept people coming back. And our classes have taught a lot of people about brewing, beer flavor identification, and beer styles.”

Grain to Glass was a popular spot for Snake Saturday parade festivities each year. Under their parking lot beer tent, they also hosted the annual Picnique Belgique festival. While based in North Kansas City, Helber “found the City very easy to work with, and it was fun being one of the first beer places in NKC. Our festivals have been memorable!”

Time off planned

Once the shop closes, Helber, who previously retired from a position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, plans to remain busy on her own timetable. Helber says, “I’m still figuring out my plans. Travel is at the top. I’ve been invited to judge at the World Beer Cup in San Antonio in April.”

Pop by Grain to Glass before January ends for a beer, to stock up on homebrewing supplies, and to wish Helber well. 

Grain to Glass North Kansas City

Pete Dulin

Pete Dulin is a Kansas City-based writer who covers food, craft beer, wine, and business. His work has appeared in Zócalo Public Square, NPR, Feast, The Kansas City Star, River Front Times, Visit KC, Flatland, The Boston Globe, Thinking Bigger, and many other publications. He is the author of Expedition of Thirst: Exploring Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries Across the Heart of Kansas and Missouri, Kansas City Beer: A History of Brewing in the Heartland, and KC Ale Trail.