Meet Our Guides

Joe Falter

Hey there! I’m a Central Kansas native who has lived in KC for around 8 years. I’m nuts about the local food and beverage scene, and I love that I get to share my favorite spots with you all! When I’m not working my non-profit 9-5 or hanging out on the Barley Bus, I love digging in record store crates and finding hidden hiking gems around the city. Go Chiefs and go Barley Bus!

Joe Simpson

I grew up in Austin, TX, and have lived in Kansas City ever since I finished my tour of duty in the Army 30 years ago.  I have been married to my beautiful wife Kelley for 26 years and blessed with 2 awesome adult children, Carrie -23, and Joey -21.  We love so many things about this town including the live music scene, the many breweries, distilleries, wineries, and of course The Chiefs, Royals, and Sporting KC! KC is also the only place you will find Barley Bus and grateful to be part of such an awesome team where I get to meet amazing people from all walks of life. Have fun, be safe and Drink Local!!.

adam Kepley

Hey y’all! I have lived in KCMO for around 4 years, but I hail from Chicago. Growing up, my dad would always share interesting tidbits as we drove around Chicago, and now I get to share interesting facts with you as we drive through KC! When I’m not guiding tours for Barley Bus, I’m researching tours… so I try lots of new beers, wines, spirits and BBQ… it’s hard work. I love my dog, Leon, street art, old school hip hop, being outdoors and finding hidden gems. I’m a White Sox, Bulls, Bears and Blackhawks fan – but I have a Chiefs t-shirt and lots of pride for KCMO 🤘

jeff madden

A modern day Madman, I worked at a notable Kansas City-based ad agency and have led marketing for other companies. When I’m not sharing hidden gems on a tour, I enjoy a grilled meal on my patio with a glass of wine, craft beer or bourbon. I’m also a judge for the American Royal World Series of BBQ, enjoy disc golf, pickle ball and riding a gravel trail. My claim to fame is winning a Dolly Madison pie eating contest when I was eight years old.

arlin Pacheco

Hola! I’m Arlin aka the BBQ Queen and a KC Transplant via Texas and LA; A foodie and dog lover that can be found shooting pool or near a good whiskey watering hole. I appreciate live music, a good comedy open mic and an exotic trip from time to time. Go Chiefs! 

Todd Abrams


Hello there! I’m Todd Abrams, proud owner of Barley Bus Tours and a true Kansas City enthusiast. KC holds a special place in my heart as my hometown, and I adore nothing more than showcasing its hidden gems to visitors like you.

Barley Bus Tours came to life in late 2015 as a passion project to blend my love for KC with my desire to create unforgettable experiences for others. What better way to spread that love than by whisking you away on a delightful tour of our beloved city?

Feeling unsure about booking a tour? Don’t hesitate to reach out. I’d be thrilled to chat with you personally about the incredible adventures our tours hold and all the excitement we have in store for you! Let’s make memories together.

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