NKC’s newest brewery dedicates beer and its purpose to active, veteran, and fallen military heroes.
Callsign Brewing originated as an idea by homebrewers, veterans, and longtime friends Steve Sirois and Morris Loncon that became a mission. The brewery and beers honor active, veteran, and fallen members of the military. Owned by Steve and wife, Chandra, they enlisted son Steve Sirois Jr. and friends Larry Walter, Steve Fry and others to help them build and launch the brewery.
Set to open in early July, Callsign Brewing is a 10-barrel brewery and taproom located in a former tire patch factory. Built in 1932, the 3,000 square-foot building has a barrel-vaulted roof that suggests the look and feel of an airplane hangar.
“A call sign is a designated name and number that identifies a certain flight,” says Sirois, a 28-year Air Force veteran who currently serves as a flight engineer with the Missouri Air National Guard’s 180th Airlift Squadron. “During the beginning stage of the brewery, we identified beers after the call sign of fallen military aircraft. I’ve known too many people that never returned home. This is my way of honoring the folks we lost.”
A custom-built landing strip, representing Hurlburt Field at a Florida airbase where Sirois first flew, will be mounted on the brewery’s bartop. Hand-drawn framed artwork by Robert Barber will adorn the walls. Barber’s artwork will appear on beer label designs for Fighter Pale Ale, Lifter Irish Red, and Bomber Stout.
The taproom will have 12 taps with eight traditional styles and four rotating seasonal beers once the brewhouse schedule is in full swing.
Sirois and Loncon brewed the first batch of Fighter Pale Ale in early June. “Pale ale is my favorite beer style,” Sirois says. “Each batch will have a different call sign to honor fallen fighter crews.”
Steve Sirois, Jr. is a loadmaster for the same squadron as his father. Other men in the founding group and key contractors are retired military. Collectively, the team behind Callsign Brewing have labored to not only create a place for people to gather and drink beer, but also salute brothers and sisters in arms as well as men and women in public service.
Launching the brewery has been daunting but ultimately satisfying.
“I can’t describe the feeling. We’ve been working the last 13 months,” Sirois says. “Now it has become a reality. It’s an overwhelming feeling of joy. Once the doors open and people come, it will all be worth it.”
We identified beers after the call sign of fallen military aircraft. I’ve known too many people that never returned home. This is my way of honoring the folks we lost
1447 Gentry St., North Kansas City, MO 64116