Happy Thursday, everyone. We’re flying fast into fest season, so we have a lot of events coming up. I’ll try and get them all added to our calendar as we go, but in the meantime, here are some highlights for you.
Great things are afoot in the SGF.
First off, this weekend you’ll get to try I Wanna Rauch, this year’s Springfield Brewing Company Pro-Am entry for the GABF competition. This smoked german lager is incredibly well-balanced and will make you rethink what flavors belong in beer.
Their GABF entry was determined by the Homebrew ZOO‘s annual Spring Competition. Keith Wallis took Best of Show with his smoked lager, and was therefore chosen as SBC’s recipe for the GABF Pro-Am entry. It’ll be released in the brewery this weekend for you to drink your fill.
Watch for another local brewery to get into this mix, as Mother’s Brewing Company also brewed a GABF Pro-Am entry with a Homebrew Zoo Competition winner. Their partner in crime, Nathan Hopper, won the annual Fall Competition in 2013, and you should watch for his beer to be available at Mother’s shortly.
If you’re interested in sending a beer to GABF, the Homebrew ZOO hosts a competition each spring and fall. SBC sponsors the spring competition, and Mother’s sponsors the competition in the fall. This fall, the competition centers around Belgian Styles (and French Saison because we feel bad for the French for only having one beer style of their own).
OK, so to summarize, SBC will have the Rauchbier on tap this weekend, and they also have the Bull Creek Brown on tap now.
Mother’s Brewing Company and the Moxie Cinema are hosting another movie on August 22nd. This month’s Friday Flix is Superbad. Show starts at about 8:00, but the tap room opens at 4, so why wait? Bring your blankets, bring your chairs, but leave the kids at home, because this event is 21+ only! $5 at the door.
Also, Leaky Roof Meadery has their stuff out in cans, but you can still check out the tasting room for several more varieties and live music. Upcoming shows out in the Buffalo, Missouri meadery include the following:
- Stormy Weather 7-10pm on August 16th
- Casey Lynne and the Deal Breakers 7-10pm on August 23rd
As always, feel free to post any other craft beer related events in the comments below. Watch out tomorrow for an interview with Leaky Roof founder and head meadmaker Todd Rock.
Hello, beer lovers. It’s August, which means Oktoberfest and Pumpkin beers. I know, right? They get earlier every year…
Anyway, here’s the lowdown on beer and mead events in the Ozarks:
In case you weren’t aware, the Leaky Roof Meadery gang REALLY loves local music. Stop by their tasting room for some great live local music. Here’s what’s coming up over there:
- August 9th: Buckner and Ison from 6-9pm
- August 16th: Traditional Irish Players “Stormy Weather” from 7-10pm.
- August 23rd: Casey Lynn and The Deal Breakers from 7-10pm.
- August 30th: Bluegrass at the Meadery feat. John Wynn Jr. and Fly by Night from 7-10pm.
Also, they’ll be up at the Midwest Wine and Brew Festival on Saturday, August 9th from 2-5pm. That’s up at The Country Club Hotel and Spa, 301 Carol Road, Lake Ozark, MO 65049. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. More info here.
Next weekend is the third weekend in August, which to any serious Ozarks beer drinker only means one thing: Ernte Fest. This annual event, held in Freistatt, Missouri is put on by the Freistatt Lions Club and features German Foods, Games, and, of course, a biergarten. For more info, call 417-466-3641.
You also may as well plan to be in Mother’s Backyard for the Friday Flix movie, brought to you by Mother’s Brewing Company and Moxie Cinema. This month’s feature is Superbad. It’ll be August 22nd at 8:00 PM or so (it has to get dark, see?), but the tasting room opens at 4 pm. Remember, these flicks are 21 and over only, please, so bring $5 to get in and some cash for beer and grub. Bring something to sit on, or just pull up a patch of grass and watch McLovin’ put on a show.
Happy First Friday, Beer Buzzers. We have a pretty solid list of things for you to do while you drink, but we’ll start with where you should be TONIGHT.
Get your butts down to Mother’s for the First Firkin Friday. Tonight, they’ll have a Blueberry Mandarin Summer With with your name on it. They start pouring the gravity-fed deliciousness at 6, but their tasting room opens in 15, so get busy getting there so you don’t miss a drop.
Tonight, you can catch an Springfield BRewing Company sampling at Arts & Letters as part of First Friday Art Walk. They will be exhibiting art by Shay Rainey and pouring delicious local beer. Win. Starts at 7pm and runs until 10 pm at 214 S Campbell ave in downtown Springfield.
Tuesday, August 12th is the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Tasting at the Brown Derby Wine Center. The price is $20 per person and it will be a one-time opportunity to try several amazing beers you will not have another chance to try locally. Show starts at 6:30 in the Wine Center Tasting Room. RSVP at 417-883-4066 and tell them we sent you. We get nothing out of it, but it will confuse them when you tell them.
The list of beers includes:
- 3 Floyds Brewing Company Chico King Pale Ale
- Allagash Brewing Company Myron’s Walk Belgian Style Pale
- Asheville Brewer’s Alliance Tater Ridge Scottish Ale
- Ballast Point Brewing Company Electric Ray India Pale Lager
- Bell’s Brewing Company Maillard’s Odyssey Imperial Dark Ale
- Cigar City Brewing Yonder Bock Tropical Maibock
- Firestone Walker Torpedo Hoppy Pilsner
- Oskar Blues Brewery CANfusion Rye Bock
- New Glarus Brewing Company There & Back ESB
- Ninaski Brewing Company Double-Latte Coffee Imperial Stout
- Russian River Brewing Company Yvan the Great Belgian-Style Blond
- Victory Brewing Company Alt Route Altbier
The largest local homebrew club, The Zymurgists of the Ozarks (The Homebrew ZOO) has their monthly meeting on August 19th at 7:30 pm at The Homebrewery in Ozark, Missouri. This month, we’ll be discussing Session Beers, which is a topic near and dear to my heart. Come on out and meet some very avid beer-sharers.
This month is Boulevard’s month to make your mouth water. They’re sponsoring 417 Magazine’s Restaurant Month, which promotes… well… restaurants in 417. The kick-off party is Thursday, August 7th at Metropolitan Farmer, but they’re getting started August 3rd at participating restaurants. For tickets to the kickoff party, call 417-720-1665, or click here for the menu and details.
Get out there and get drinking. Tag your photos with #SGFBeer or send them to us at @sgfbeerbuzz (on Twitter and Instagram). Let’s make this social media thing social.
Whew. If you’re reading this, you survived Springfield Craft Beer Week last week. There’s even a chance you didn’t get enough. Well, if that’s the case, maybe you should consider making the trip up to St. Louis next week. After all, it’s STL Beer Week. They’ll have over 100 events spanning throughout the city and featuring all of the local breweries (an believe me, there are A LOT OF THEM).
Or, you may be looking for something a little closer to home. If that’s the case, I encourage you to check these area events:
Next week is SGF Craft Beer Week, culminating, of course, in the Craft Beer Bash on Saturday, July 19th. Rather than take up tons of space listing off every event for craft beer week possible, I thought it might make more sense to make it a Google Map for you.
First, off, let’s start with the most urgent event. Joe Stange, Co-author of The Good Beer Guide to Belgium and Around Brussels in 80 Beers, will be at the Brown Derby Wine Center today from 4-7pm sharing some hand-selected Belgian Beer Samples. It’ll be educational, delicious, and– best of all– free.
Once you’ve done that, you can head over to Mother’s Brewing Company for their Friday Flix event, co-sponsored by The Moxie Cinema. Tonight’s feature is Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. Escape to Bat Country with Hunter S. Thompson on a mad journey through Vegas and drug-induced hazes. Needless to say, you need to leave the kiddos at home. This event is 21+ only. Entry is $5 at the gate, and the show starts at 8:30 or so.
July 3rd, your Mother’s will be at Macadoodles in Branson for a beer tasting from 5-7. If you have plans to be at the lake for the weekend of the 4th, this is a good way to get that started. Check out Macadoodles online for more info.
On July 5th, join the folks at 2nd Shift Brewing Company in New Haven, Missouri for 2nd Shift’s Beerfest. Runs from 1-5pm at the Cedar Creek Center, and will feature a large list of guest breweries sampling their wares. Breweries include Mother’s, Schlafly, O’Fallon, Perennial, One Trick Pony, Six Row Brewing Company, Boulevard, Tallgrass, Rock Bridge, Morgan Street, Augusta, Square One, and many more. If you’ve never been to New Haven, Missouri, this is a perfect reason to go.The address is Cedar Creek Center, 1401 Olive Road, New Haven, MO 63068. For more information, call the brewery at 573-237-3421. Designated drivers will be free. Tickets are $30, but check out 2nd shift’s website for more info.
Don’t forget SGF Craft Beer week starts on July 13th. It will be a week full of craft-beer related events all over town. I’m working on compiling a list of events as quickly as possible. It all culminates in the Craft Beer Bash downtown the following Saturday. That event will feature all of the local breweries and a lot of craft beer flowing freely on Springfield’s Park Central Square. Gird your loins.
In the meantime, whet your appetite with this list of SGF Beer Week events from Mother’s.
There are quite a few fun events coming in in Southwest Missouri in the next few weeks. From bond-burning parties to a night at the movies, your local craft beer scene is looking like a lot of fun.
Lots to talk about, so let’s go:
I left last week’s What’s on Tap! post off with some promises to find out more about some special tastings that are happening at The Brown Derby International Wine Center in June. One of those features my brother, Joe Stange, the Thirsty Pilgrim himself.
In case you missed last week’s post, Joe just published his second book about Belgian beer, The Good Beer Guide to Belgium, co-authored with Tim Webb. His first was Around Brussels in 80 Beers, co-authored with Yvan De Baets. It will be an interesting conversation with a guy who really loves Belgian beer.
Anyway, I did get some more details about this tasting. This will be Friday, June 27th from 4-7pm. Joe will be pouring and discussing some hand-selected Belgian beers and will have some signed copies of The Good Beer Guide to Belgium on hand. It’ll be a very good chance to chat about Belgian beer with a man who has made the study of Belgian beer his life for several years.
Some other highlights for the near future:
- Complementary Beer Tasting from 4-7pm at the Brown Derby Wine Center with Eric Carter. [EDIT] Springfield Brewing Company will be there, allowing you to taste their beer, and their Anniversary Stout will be on draft.
- Mother’s and Moxie Cinema Present Friday Flix in Mother’s Brewing Company’s Backyard. This month’s flick is Old School. Show starts around 8:30. It’s $5 to get in, 21 and older only, please. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and whatnot and come settle in for some wrestling in kiddie pools. I don’t know that it will happen, but it might. And Hormann meats will be selling their fare.
Friday, June 6th:
It’s First Friday, which means you’ll find all manner of art and beer-related fun in downtown Springfield.
- First Firkin Friday @ Mother’s Brewing Company – This month will feature a Grow Cukes not Nukes firkin with Honeydew in it. Big Pop’s Seafood will also be parked outside for your dining pleasure. Tasting room opens at 4, so get there early to ensure you’re in line when the firkin gets tapped.
- Mother’s Sandy tasting at Arts & Letters – Mother’s Brewing Company will be at Arts & Letters to support local art and offer you a chance to sample some Sandy from 7-9pm. While you’re there, check out some new work by Gary Bedell. Arts & Letters is located at 214 S Campbell in downtown Springfield.
Saturday, June 7th:
[EDIT] – Macadoodle’s Bark & Brew Fest – 12pm-3pm, Macadoodles is hosting a dog-friendly craft beer tasting to benefit Greyhound Pets of America – Springfield. Make sure your dog is on a leash, and $10 will get you in to sample beer, listen to live music, take your chance to win prizes, and nom on some vittles. 1455 E Independence. For more info, call (417) 883-9000.
Project B.A.B.E. (Big A$$ Beer Event) – Springfield Brewing Company is launching a new annual event to celebrate great beer, local artists, live music, and tasty food. The event will feature live music and local artists, as well as some kick-ass tacos and Benissimo Gelato. It’ll run from 2pm to 8pm in the SBC parking lot located on Market Street. Tickets are $5 each, kids 12 and under get in free. There may even be some cocktails featuring Missouri Spirits House.
Other odds and ends:
- White River Brewing Company is putting together a 12 person team for a float trip/river clean up on the James River. If you’re interested in participating, email email@example.com.
- Enterprise Park Lanes is currently hosting a Craft Beer Bowling League weekly. You can get more information about how you can bowl and drink great beer at the same time by phone at 417-883-0511 or by e-mailing Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org. The featured brewery for June is White River Brewing Company.
- White River Brewing Company is also kicking off a snapchat scavenger hunt that will be held the second to last week of June. The registration form should be up on their site next week. The event will be a photo scavenger hunt sponsored by the brewery. Details will be located on their website shortly.
That about does it for What’s on Tap! this week. If you have a craft-beer-related event you’d like featured, simply reach out to me via the Contact Us form, and I’ll make sure to get it posted for you.
Stay thirsty, Springfield.