Photo credit:  Jenny Wheat, Wheat Photography.

Pete Dulin is the author of four books about food, beer, wine, and spirits. His most recent book is Expedition of Thirst: Exploring Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries Across Central Kansas and Missouri (University Press of Kansas).

His other books include Kansas City Beer: A History of Brewing in the Heartland (The History Press, American Palate series), KC Ale Trail (out of print), and Last Bite: 100 Simple Recipes from Kansas City’s Best Chefs and Cooks.

Expedition of Thirst: Exploring Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries across the Heart of Kansas and Missouri is a travel guidebook that explores 150 breweries, wineries, and distilleries across eastern Kansas and western Missouri.

Brewers, winemakers, and distillers shared stories of their craft while I sampled their handcrafted beer, wine, and spirits. I saw a rich tapestry of landscapes from the Flint Hills to the rolling plains of Missouri to the Ozark mountains and valleys. As I reveal in the introduction, this terroir impacts the grapes grown for wine as well as the water that is transformed into beer and spirits.

Expedition of Thirst introduces the men and women behind the craft. The routes explore the landscape beyond the interstate highway. I share insight into the history, culture, and geography of this midwestern territory. The travel guidebook is filled with color photography, travel notes, and recommendations. An extensive index makes it easy to find destinations or reference grapes grown, wines and spirits produced, and beer styles available in the region. Grab this book, plot a course, and hit the road on your own adventure.

Publisher: University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA.
288 pg., color and b/w images.
ISBN 978-0-7006-2492-8


‘Expedition of Thirst’ helps local wine and beer lovers explore local establishments
In the decades before Prohibition, both Kansas and Missouri were top wine-producing states. The terroir of each — imagine row after row of vines growing beneath the bluffs along the Missouri River’s banks and cresting atop undulating Kansas farmland — is extremely well-suited for growing grapes. In 1873, Kansas State Board of Agriculture records showed that 50 counties were home to established vineyards, according to a new book, “Expedition of Thirst,” by Kansas City food and beverage writer Pete Dulin. Read the full article.

Commentator Rex Buchanan of Kansas Public Radio reviews Expedition of Thirst: Exploring Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries Across the Heart of Kansas and Missouri.

“This is a great time to be a beer drinker. There are so many high-quality local beers out there, so many brewpubs, keeping up with them is an almost-impossible but highly desirable task.

Fortunately, the University Press of Kansas has just published a guide to the breweries, wineries, and distilleries of eastern Kansas and western Missouri. Called Expedition of Thirst, it’s by Kansas City writer Pete Dulin. The book covers more than 150 locations in the two states. Putting it together, he drove more than 1,500 miles. Researching this book had to be good duty.”

Read and listen to the full review on Kansas Public Radio. 

Where to buy Expedition of Thirst

E-book version available at Kobo.

Soft-cover copies available at these Kansas City retailers.

Made in Kansas City (multiple locations)

Soft-cover copies available at these online retailers.

Amazon (Kindle, soft-cover)
Barnes & Noble (Nook, soft-cover)
Walmart (soft-cover)
Target (soft-cover)

Westbound immigrants, pioneers and entrepreneurs alike arrived in Kansas City with a thirst for progress and beer. Breweries both small and mighty seized opportunity in a climate of ceaseless social change and fierce regional competition. Muehlebach Brewing Company commanded the market, operating in Kansas City for more than eighty years. Built in 1902, the iconic brick warehouse of Imperial Brewing still stands today. Prohibition made times tough for brewers and citizens in the Paris of the Plains, but political “Boss” Tom Pendergast kept the taps running. In 1989, Boulevard Brewing kicked off the local craft beer renaissance, and a bevy of breweries soon formed a flourishing community. Food and beer writer Pete Dulin explores Kansas City’s hop-infused history and more than sixty breweries from the frontier era to the twenty-first century.

Order a copy of Kansas City Beer.

Publisher: The History Press, American Palate Series,
160 pg., color and b/w images.


On the What’s Up Kansas City podcast, author Pete Dulin discusses Kansas City Beer.

Central Standard logoKCUR 89.3 FM, “Central Standard” show Nov. 2, 2016. Pete Dulin joins host Gina Kauffman to discuss the history of brewing in Kansas City and his latest book. Stream audio file. Or listen to “Central Standard” via iTunes or NPR, Nov. 2, 2016 episode.

Feast Magazine: “Kansas City Beer traces the growth of brewing in Kansas City from the first German-style brewery opening in the mid-1850s to the modern wave of 21st century breweries. The book explores historical details of nearly 70 breweries.”

Northland Lifestyle: “Dulin explores some of the oldest breweries (Weston Brewing Company makes that claim) and works his way up through the birth of the craft beer movement with John McDonald’s Boulevard Brewing Company. He even investigates Kansas City’s shaky relationship with the temperance movement along the Kansas/Missouri State line.”

435 Magazine: “Highlights from the book include a look at more than a dozen breweries that have opened in Kansas City since the start of the 21st century, how Kansas City’s railroad bridge and plentiful rail lines in the 1800s attracted regional breweries to distribute there and a scandal that shook a brewery when the developer fled the country with some unfinished business.”

Kansas City Beer

Out of print.


The PitchKC Ale Trail author Pete Dulin discusses the local beer scene in advance of book release parties.

KCUR 89.3 FM: Did Someone Say Beer? 25 Years Of Craft Brewing In Kansas City

610 Sports AM: Pete chats about KC Ale Trail, local craft beer and breweries on 610 Sports, “Fescoe in the Morning,” during the Beer with the Boys 10-minute segment at the 23:19 minute mark.

Recommended Daily: Five Questions for KC Ale Trail’s Pete Dulin

Feast: Upcoming ‘KC Ale Trail’ Book Explores Craft Breweries In and Around Kansas City

KC Beer Guide

KC Beer Blog


KC Star Magazine: Sample 15 favorites from new ‘Last Bite’ cookbook
November 4, 2012

Pumpkin has been declared the new bacon.

So this week, we’re celebrating the elevation of that classic fall flavor to cult status by sharing a recipe for Terry Mille’s Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake as well as some of our favorite comfort foods. We picked 15 recipes that will work on a chilly fall or winter day, as well as some that you can incorporate into your holiday menus.

All are from local chefs and have appeared in The Kansas City Star Magazine’s “Last Bite” feature.

You can find these and other recipes in “Last Bite: 100 Simple Recipes from Kansas City’s Best Chefs and Cooks,” by Last Bite author Pete Dulin and photographer Roy Inman, who have been collaborating on the weekly feature since 2009.

Pete Dulin on Central Standard on KCUR 89.3 FM – November 1, 2012
On the first half of Thursday’s Central Standard, Jabulani Lefall talks with the creators of the recently-released book, Last Bite: 100 Simple Recipes from Kansas City’s Best Chefs and Cooks. The eclectic assortment of recipes were contributed by forty chefs and cooks, yet they share a common goal: simplicity. Last Bite is a tribute to those talented people behind the recipes.

Northland Lifestyle: Northland Native Pete Dulin Publishes First Cookbook

In the Kitchen with Bonnie: Author Pete Dulin with host Bonnie Rabicoff, Chef Bob Brassard and Chef Justin Hoffman.

Last Bite Chef Appearance on KCTV5’s Better Kansas City Program
Westport Cafe and Bar Chef/Owner Aaron Confessori demonstrates his Brioche French Toast recipe from Last Bite on KCTV’s Better KC program on Wed. morning.

Interview on Everyday KC Internet Radio Show
Editor Pete Dulin was interviewed about Last Bite by Duane A Daugherty and Rachel Ellyn in the second half of Everyday KC for their “You Are What You Eat” show. Listen to the interview: