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What’s on Tap! 5/22/2014

Well, last week was a busy week for Craft Beer in Southwest Missouri, thanks to American Craft Beer Week.

It’ll probably be a little slower for the next couple of weeks, but here are some highlights to which you can look forward in the next week or two.

First off, there’s a new beer on tap at Springfield Brewing Company called Bearded Guard.  I imagine it is SBC’s take on the French style, Bier De Garde, but I have not yet had a chance to sample it.

White River has completed bottling of Buck Hollow Blond, so it should be hitting stores just in time for Memorial Day Weekend.

Tomorrow:
Complimentary Beer Tasting at the Brown Derby International Wine Center from 4-7 PM.  Look for some summer seasonals unless I miss my guess.  Best way to kick off Memorial Day Weekend? Free Beer Tasting.

Friday, May 30th:
Mother’s & The Moxie Cinema present Friday Flix: This month, the alliterative partnership is presenting Old School.  The movie starts at 8:30, and I recommend you come in costume.  No, seriously.  It’s in Mother’s Backyard, so bring your blankets and $5 to get in.  It is 21 and over.

Watch out as we get closer to June.  We’ll have some announcements about special tasting events at The Wine Center that will knock your socks off.  While I have not official date yet, there will be two that I know of.

The first is a New Belgium Tasting event at which you will have a chance to taste each of the following (at the least):

  1. 2013 & 2014 La Folie on draft
  2. Bottles of Le Terroir 2013
  3. Love Oscar (A draft-only single barrel selection of unblended La Folie base beer chosen by the experts at NB)
  4. Love Felix (A draft-only single barrel selection of unblended Le Terroir base beer chosen by the experts at NB)

The second tasting event will be a discussion of Belgian Beers hosted by Joe Stange, the Thirsty Pilgrim himself.  He 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.

I’ll get more information about those events and more before next week’s What’s on Tap! including info about First Friday events and some fun stuff coming up in June.

Stay thirsty, Springfield.

What’s on Tap! 5/8/2014 – American Craft Beer Week

Next week is American Craft Beer Week, so you can expect to see a lot of craft beer related events happening throughout the area.

Look for tons of events from local brewers, newcomers Core Brewing Company, and from your favorite retailers in the area.  Here are some highlights:

Saturday, May 10th:
Have a little Pre-ACBW party in the Brown Derby tent village this Saturday to benefit the Doula Foundation of the Ozarks.  Saturday is the Craft Beer Fest at The Brown Derby International Wine Center.  It’s $15 for general admission, which gets you in from 1:30 to 4pm, but you can get in an hour earlier if you call them in advance and reserve your VIP ticket for $25.  There will be over 100 beers to try, including some pretty special brews from some of America’s best brewers.

Sunday, May 11th:
Continue the festivities with an ACBW kickoff party on the Ebbet’s Field Patio with Mother’s Brewing Company.  They’ll be out there from 8:30 to 11PM serving Mother’s Beer on Mother’s Day.  Buy your Mom a Sandy to thank her for making you happen.

Monday, May 12th:
Craft Beer Bowling League launch at Enterprise Lanes.  Teams of 3 bowlers competing for who can drink the most craf- oh, wait.  No.  Who can knock over the most pins while drinking craft beer.  League is weekly through June 28th, and is $11 per bowler per week.  Your $11 gets you three games of bowling and the right to wear those awesome shoes for an evening.  (It also includes one locally-crafted beer from Mother’s, White River Brewing, or Springfield Brewing Company).  Call Enterprise Lanes at 417-883-0511 to sign up.

Tuesday, May 13th:

  • Macadoodle’s on Independence will be holding a Core Beer sampling from 5-7 PM
  • Old Chicago on Independence will have a Core Beer Tap Takeover that day.
  • Mother’s Brewing Company is sponsoring a Cards Against Humanity tournament at Trolley’s.  There will be tables of 8 players until each of the 8 tables has a winner, then those 8 winners will compete for a chance at CAH glory.  Call Trolley’s at (417) 799-0309 to reserve your spot.
  • Bair’s Sports Grill downtown will have a Boulevard Brewing Company Tap Takeover from open to close, including a chance to win an awesome vintage-style Pop-Up IPA cooler.  Beers are available all day, but the giveaways will start at 6pm.
  • Trivia Night presented by Boulevard at The Flea downtown.  Sign-up is at 6:30, and Trivia starts around 6:45 or 7.

Wednesday, May 14th:

  • Mother’s Trivia night featuring Doug Riddle at Finnegan’s Wake.  Starts at 8 pm.  The trivia will be solely Beer-Related in honor of ACBW.
  • Core Beer Sampling at HyVee from 4-6 PM
  • Patton Alley Pub will hold “Happy Hour All Day with Core Brewing” Tap Takeover.

Thursday, May 15th:

  • Mama Jean’s Craft Beer Fest from 5-7 PM. Expect highlights from your favorite local breweries and from Core Beer.
  • Mother’s Brewing Company Tasting at Macadoodle’s on Independence, including Sandy and DOOZY!
  • Big Time beer dinner at Metropolitan Farmer with Mother’s Brewing Company.  Limited to just 25 seats, and they are $40 apiece.  Starts at 6:30pm.  5 courses.  Call Metro Farmer at (417) 720-1665 t reserve your spot before they are gone.
  • Cruisin’ for a Brewsin’ with Mother’s Brewing Company – Bicycles and beer.  Evening kicks off at The Dugout and you’ll ride from beer venue to beer venue enjoying the spring weather and responsible drinking.  Be careful, my friends.
  • Mud Lounge/Core Beer Tap Takeover and Keep the Pint special.

Friday, May 16th:

  • Macadoodles in Branson will have a Core Beer Sampling from 3-5pm.
  • Harbell’s will have Boulevard Pints on sale for $2.50.  At 6pm, the sampling team will be there to kick the party up a notch.
  • Brown Derby Wine Center/Mother’s Brewing Tasting.  From 4-7pm, you can sample Mother’s beers including Sandy and Doozy.  For free.
  • Another Mother’s tasting is this day at Price Cutter on Republic and Kansas Expressway.
  • Yet another will be happening at HyVee.  More Sandy, more Doozy.

Saturday, May 17th:

As every year, ACBW 2014 will culminate in Springfield with the Mother’s Day Festival.  Gates open at 1:30 pm, the beer starts pouring at 2pm, and the event lasts until 8pm.  Bring your blankets, chairs, and families for a huge annual event that features the best Springfield has to offer, including local beer, local art, local food, and live local music.  For more event details, visit the Mother’s Brewing Company website.

What’s on Tap! 5/1/2014

May 2nd First Firkin Friday at Mother’s Brewing Company
Not sure what it will be, but this event coincides with the 5th Annual Queen City Beard and Moustache Competition Meet and Greet, so be prepared to be amazed at the facial hair present.  They are making a special firkin for the occasion, so get there early and have a blast.

May 3rd is Big Brew Day (National Homebrew Day) at The Homebrewery in Ozark, Missouri.
This Saturday, meet lots of area homebrewers and join the Homebrew ZOO and The Homebrewery in celebrating American Homebrew Day.  We’ll have brewing demonstrations, homebrew sampling, and even some meadmaking demonstrations.  It runs from 10 am to 3 pm, so stop by any time.  It is a family-friendly event, and it is free to attend.

Also May 3rd, but at Mother’s Brewing Company
The Mother’s Intern National Wiffle Ball Tournament will happen in the back yard while the 5th Annual Queen City Beard and Moustache Competition will occur in the tasting room.  The wiffle ball games start at 10 am, 2-4 players per team, limit of 30 teams.  The event benefits the YMCA downtown, and it should be pretty fun.  There will be Cecil’s Go-To there, and Mother’s will, of course, be pouring their beer for all attendees.  Come to play or come to watch, you’ll still have a good time.

May 10th is the Craft Beer Fest at the Brown Derby Wine Center.
Proceeds to benefit the The Doula Foundation. VIP Early Entrance tickets (12:30-1:30pm) are available in advance for $25 per person (limited to the first 100 sold). Regular Entry tickets (1:30-4pm) are $15 and will be available on the day of the event. They’ll have around 100 different craft beers to sample, both out of bottle or can and on tap. For VIP Early Entrance, RSVP to (417) 883-4066.

May 12th-18th is American Craft Beer Week.
Mother’s is holding a ton of events that week.  They are listed on the Mother’s website.  In addition, watch this site for more information on events, such as the Core Brewing launch in Springfield that week.

May 17th is 4th ever Mother’s Day Fest.
2PM to 8PM in Mother’s Back Yard. (215 S Grant Spfd, MO). $5 at the gate, kids under 15 get in free. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc. Live Music, Local Food, Local Art, and Local BEER. (Including Love Factory Mark 2). Afterwards, there will be an official after party at Patton Alley Pub featuring Speakeasy.

Springfield Brewing Company:
Thursdays from 8-10pm, 180 degrees featuring Kristi Meredith.
Friday Nights, 6-9pm, The Johnny Stricklar Trio
Saturdays from 4-7 pm, The Ryan Talbot Experience

Wednesday is Happy Hour Live at the University Plaza Hotel Lobby.
Even though TAG Media is not longer around, their legacy lives on in the best networking opportunity in town.  Each Wednesday from 5:00-7:30 pm, the UP Hotel Lobby hosts live music, local beer, food samples, and some very cool people.

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What’s on Tap! 4/24/2014

White River Brewing Company Tours – White River offers tours of their brewing company every Saturday, but you must make an appointment. Email Elonzo@whiteriverbrewingco.com to reserve your spot. Tours are every hour and are limited to 12 people.

Live music at SBC every weekend:
Tonight from 8-10pm, 180 degrees featuring Kristi Meredith.
Friday Nights, 6-9pm, The Johnny Stricklar Trio
Saturdays from 4-7 pm, The Ryan Talbot Experience

Sundays and Mondays at the brewco, they have my favorite special ever.
Appetizer and a pitcher for $13. Can’t beat a pitcher of pils and some pulled pork nachos, in my opinion.

Wednesday is Happy Hour Live at the University Plaza Hotel Lobby.
5:00-7:30 pm or so. Live music, local beer, food samples, and the best Networking opportunity in town.

May 3rd is Big Brew Day (National Homebrewer’s Day) at The Homebrewery in Ozark, Missouri.
Admission is free, and The Homebrewery and the Homebrew ZOO will be offering demonstrations on homebrewing and meadmaking, there will be a potluck and barbecue, and a lot of homebrew to sample. IF you’re a homebrewer or are interested in the hobby, you should stop by and visit with us for a while. If you’re interested in brewing as part of Big Brew Day, please contact todd@homebrewery.com and make sure he has room for you. Let him know which recipe you’d like to brew and how much, and he’ll have your ingredients ready for you when you get there.

May 10th is the Craft Beer Fest at the Brown Derby Wine Center.
Proceeds to benefit the The Doula Foundation. VIP Early Entrance tickets (12:30-1:30pm) are available in advance for $25 per person (limited to the first 100 sold). Regular Entry tickets (1:30-4pm) are $15 and will be available on the day of the event. They’ll have around 100 different craft beers to sample, both out of bottle or can and on tap. For VIP Early Entrance, RSVP to (417) 883-4066

May 17th is 4th ever Mother’s Day Fest.
2PM to 8PM in Mother’s Back Yard. (215 S Grant Spfd, MO). $5 at the gate, kids under 15 get in free. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc. Live Music, Local Food, Local Art, and Local BEER. (Including Love Factory Mark 2). Afterwards, there will be an afterparty at Patton Alley Pub.