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Kansas City Bier Company – The Newest Brewery to Hit Waldo

Look out Boulevard, a new brewery is coming to the Waldo area this November.  Taking over the old Babyland store on 79th and Wornall, Kansas City Bier Company (KCBC) will be overhauling the entire building.  Set beside the Trolley Track Trail walking path running from 75th to 85th street, KCBC plans to incorporate a traditional Biergarten with outdoor seating and even a kid’s play area.  The hope is to have path strollers stop in for a bier on leisurely afternoons.  Inside will be a bar and tasting room, with the brewing area filling the back majority of the warehouse space.  Owner and brewer Steve Holle plans to focus on traditional German beer.  The tasting room with also be serving light fare consisting of some traditional German snacks and cheese plates.

Last summer, we were chosen alongside Rose Design Group to do the design and build out of the space.  The building was in a rough state to say the least.  Previously a warehouse for the retail store Harold Penner’s, bare bones and water stained ceilings awaited us in dire need of a transformation.  The following is a before picture of the exterior of the building:

79th Front Ext

The only good thing about the facade is the somewhat cool mid-century textured brick where the former Babyland sign once resided.  Everything else, including the generic gray color, is set to change.  It’s hard to see in the above picture, but to the right of the building is a large open paved/grown over area where the biergarten will sit.  As far as color goes, this is the plan for exterior paint:

KCBC exterior colors

Trying to stick with somewhat neutral greenish-grays to compliment the red and black logo which will be painted on the front exterior.  See rendering below of the exterior concept.


The overall design concept of the interior was rustic-modern.  While the exterior biergarten would be somewhat traditional with its large wooden picnic tables and German “Biergarten” sign, the interior will be minimal and non-traditional.  No peanut shells or saw dust on the floors, or dark wooden wainscot. The owner saw this brewery and was inspired by the rustic minimalism.

After seeing these pictures, we loved the idea of using reclaimed wood throughout the space.  So we decided on using it as wainscot along the walls.  Local company Elm Wood has a vast array of reclaimed lumber in different color-ways and degrees of rustic-ness.  We chose this pattern seen on the floor in this space.

Below are renderings of the interior space:

kcbc view 1

kcbc view 3 uncrop

kcbc view 2

Industrial exposed-bulb reflector pendants by Troy Lighting will be the main light source along with red down-lights over the bar and sconces lighting the walls. We’re also using these Bowie Wall Sconces.

Oh and I almost forgot about the awesome goose neck sconces that will line the exterior of the building.

In the restroom, men and women will share a communal sink lit with a beer bottle sconce made by ZAL Creations found on Etsy.  These are truly fantastic.

…and on the ceiling in both restrooms will be light fixtures similar to these.

Pretty cool huh?

Furniture will be minimal.  Industrial red metal barstools and metal and communal wood picnic tables with benches will serve as the main seating.

All in all, I think we did pretty good in staying within a limited budget and still accomplishing a good design.  If you could only see a before picture of the interior space…. yikes.  The warehouse is surprisingly large with the front tasting room only occupying about 20% of the space.  In the back is where all the magic will happen. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to give that “bier” a try.

All photos courtesy KHL Design Studio

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