During the 1920s, there were two “political bosses” in Kansas City: Tom Pendergast and Joe Shannon. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, they controlled many happenings in Kansas City. This control came through persuasion and bribery of city officials. As Pendergast and Shannon gained power, the city officials would turn the other cheek when it came to gambling, brothels, and alcohol. This control also allowed Pendergast and Shannon to move their business ventures forward, even when they may not have been popular. Pendergast and Shannon were in competition and worked to get different people elected. To sway the voters to vote “their” way, Pendergast and Shannon would “strong arm” some voters and bribe others. They were known for giving away food for Thanksgiving and building soup kitchens for the poor in exchange for their votes. The problem was, many of these poor people couldn’t read and when it came time to vote, they didn’t know who to vote for. So, Pendergast and his faction would place a goat symbol next to their candidates and Shannon would put a rabbit symbol next to his preferred candidates. This was the beginning of the Goats and Rabbits. Tom “The Boss” Pendergast’s control over the city during prohibition included the police department. He made sure the local police stayed out of his businesses: night clubs, casinos, motels, etc. Without them, Pendergast and the Goats kept the libations flowing. A newspaper writer once called Kansas City the “Paris of the Plains.” People traveled from across the country to take partake in the libations. It is in homage to this that we are named The Goat Brewing Co.
If we have not yet met, my name is Jeremy Kneeland and this is my wife Sunni. I am from Nebraska originally, but have been in the KC area almost as long as I was in Nebraska. Sunni was born and raised in the area. We have two kids and we currently reside in the local area. She is the reason I got into brewing beer (no she didn't drive me to drinking). In about 2010, she purchased me a homebrew kit, a new hobby for me. We had two young children at the time, so figuring out how to brew beer wasn't in the cards. In 2014, after a move and the kids getting a little older, I began brewing beer. What started as a fun hobby, quickly grew into a passion. Several beers, several homebrew competition medals and several people asking "where can I buy this", we began planning to make this a buiness. With the help of many great friends, we opened the doors in March 2021. We hope to meet you soon and serve you a beer or two.