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The Rundown #8

A lot of interesting news in Craft Beer around here lately.  Let’s get started running it down.

Mother’s Brewing Company is releasing Super Doozy! very soon.  It’s shipping to warehouses next week, and you can expect to see 22oz Citra-hopped bombers showing up in stores shortly thereafter.  To make this big blast of citrus, Mother’s team of mad scientists changed up the recipe a bit.  They added a hefty dose of Citra hops and extended the dry-hopping stage to really pull everything they could out of the hops.  They aged the brew in French oak, as well.  Expect a huge hop nose and big citrus flavor that will only be tamed by the addition of the oak.  It weighs in at 9% ABV and 80 IBUs, but there is much more to hops than IBUs.  The Citra in this beer is not added for bitterness, baby.

In addition to their planned release of Super Doozy!, I also have an updated tap list for their tasting room:

  • Training Wheels (Session IPA)
  • Table Saison
  • High Plains Drifter (American Pale Ale)
  • Chocolate Thunder (Porter)
  • Grow Cukes, Not Nukes (Cucumber Saison)
  • Doozy (Double IPA)
  • Thing 2: Rye Saison
  • Holy Mole (Chili Beer)
  • Sexual Healing (Nitro Stout)
  • MO Cider

White River Brewing Company is releasing Jam Up Blackberry Ale as a summer seasonal this year.  Look for it to start showing up everywhere around southwest Missouri within the next week or two.

Springfield Brewing Company says they don’t want to spoil the surprise, but watch for a new seasonal out very soon, as well.

Boulevard Brewing Company has released a new Sample 12 pack, which includes their Unfiltered Wheat and Single-Wide IPA.  The Single-Wide takes the place of 80 Acre in the box, and is joined by two new tasting room beers, the Ginger-Lemon Radler and an ESB.

The Ginger-Lemon Radler takes the place of Zon as their summer seasonal, and is also available in bottles and you may even find it on tap around town.

You’ll continue to see more summer seasonals than I can possibly list, but look for some new releases from Deschutes and Perennial next month.

Tallgrass Brewing Company recently announced they’re expanding their production with a $5 million new brewery.  O’Fallon is also opening a new brewery, which should be coming online by the end of the year.  Urban Chestnut just opened a new brewery up in St. Louis, so make sure you make it part of your next trip to see a Cards game.

UPDATE 6/20/2014: Brown Derby Wine Center:

  • We received a very limited supply of Prairie Bomb!, as well as Bible Belt. We also just tapped a keg of Bomb! and Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere.
  • New from Cambridge Brewing is Flower Child IPA. A floral IPA that comes in 6pk cans.
  • Dieu du Ciel! Peche Mortel Imperial Coffee Stout – One of the top rated coffee stouts on Beer Advocate.
  • Hanson Brothers Beer Company Mmmmhops Pale Ale – This is not a joke. Hanson made a beer.

The Rundown #7

Welcome to The Rundown. Each week, we’ll post new beer releases, special editions, and seasonals that you can find here in Springfield. If a beer has not yet been released, we’ll also let you know the release date when we can.

Boulevard Brewing Company

Boulevard’s Love Child No. 4 will be out this week.  The Love Child series is Boulevard’s venture into barrel-aged beers using Brettanomyces and Lactobaccillus cultures.  Funky, sour, fruity, and fun, the Love Child No. 3 included beer aged from 16 months to nearly six years.  Another portion spent 11 months in steel tanks, souring on the lacto.

Also, stay tuned for information about the upcoming release of their Radler.  I understand there will be at least one launch event in the Springfield area for it.

Leaky Roof Meadery

Our friends down at Leaky Roof may only have two of their meads at local taps, but if you’re willing to jog on over to Buffalo, Missouri, you can taste each of these fine beverages:

  • Dog house: Sour Cherry Cyser 6.5% abv
  • Spooklight: Pumpkin Pie Metheglin 6.5% abv
  • Gandy Dancer: Mead 6.5% abv
  • Berry Picker: Mixed Berry Melomel 6.5% abv
  • High Dry and Dusty: Dry Ginger Metheglin 6.5% abv
  • KCC&S: Cyser 6.5% abv
  • B&C: Buckwheat varietal honey with Sour Cherries 9% abv
  • The Intruder: Traditional Cyser 12% abv
  • Blueberry Cyser 6.5% abv

Brown Derby International Wine Center

New on tap: Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break – This is an imperial stout brewed with chocolate, coffee, and almonds, and is then “dry-doughnuted”. That’s right, they throw glazed doughnuts into the beer during fermentation. What does this do exactly? I’m not quite sure, but it tastes excellent. We are very fortunate to receive one of only a few kegs that came to the state.

Stone Enjoy By 7-4-14 IPA – Brewed not to last! This devastatingly dank double IPA is meant to be consumed with 35 days of the bottled on date. In bottles and going on tap today!

Can it! Cans are the hottest trend going in craft beer at the moment and we’ve got a lot of new brews in said format:

  • Kirkwood Station Blackberry Wheat & IPA – New to the area from Kirkwood Missouri; These tasty and refreshing brews come in 4pk cans making them perfect for summer fun. (Not to be used as a floatation device)
  • Rock Bridge Saison & Rye You Lil’ Punk IPA – Saison in a can? Saison in a can. These guys are representing Columbia, MO and with a Saison and a Rye IPA, they are taking on styles that have yet to be seen during a Missouri float trip.
  • Bell’s Two Hearted Ale in cans! Need I say more? No, but I will. These babies are fresh as can be and they are in short supply. Stock up now or there will be a hollow abyss in one (or both) of your hearts this summer.

Mother’s Brewing Company

Our friends over at Mother’s may not have anything brand new in their tasting room this week, but there is plenty to sample down there, especially if you haven’t been down in a while.  Check out last week’s Rundown for the full list.

The Rundown #6

Welcome to The Rundown.  Each week, we’ll post new beer releases, special editions, and seasonals that you can find here in Springfield.  If a beer has not yet been released, we’ll also let you know the release date when we can.

Springfield Brewing Company:
In addition to their four mainstays (11-Point Pilsner, Paul’s Pale Ale, Walnut Street Wheat, and Hop Lobster), they also have the following:

Day Pack (An Easy Drinking Ale) – I’ve not tried this yet, but SBC reports that it is “just right for hot summer days and backyard barbecues.  Day Pack Ale is the perfect blend of flavor, restraint, balance, and drinkability.”

Bombay Brown – I love this beer.  It’s a slightly different take on the modern IPA.  It’s a darker color and the malts used stay away from the sweeter caramel flavors in order to focus on the more bready, toast-like aromas and flavors offered by brown malt.  The brewery says it’s a bit like having citrus marmalade on melba toast.  It’s a fair descriptor.

Bearded Guard – Bière de Garde is a style of beer traditionally brewed in Northern France, and is the cousin of the Belgian Saison.  This farmhouse ale uses a yeast strain known for producing very nice peppery notes (think black pepper, not bell peppers), while also including some subtle clove-like aroma.  The flavor is more bread-like, finishing with a slight fruitiness.

Brown Derby Wine Center:

Our friends down at the Wine Center have some great stuff available this week, as well.  Here are a few highlights provided by Eric Carter:

  • Boulevard Entwined Ale – It’s the first installment of what’s called their “Backroad Series”.  Based on the concept of blending the arts of brewing and winemaking.
  • Horny Goat Pineapple Hefeweizen & Watermelon Wheat cans – Whether you are mowing the lawn, running the wood chipper, or just relaxing while floating down the river, these Horny Goats will hit the spot. 
  • Odell Tree Shaker Peach Imperial IPA – A hop bomb brewed with fresh Colorado peaches.
  • Odell Footprint Ale –  Ale brewed with an ingredient from each state within their distribution footprint. Oak barrels were Missouri’s contribution. 
  • Free State Stormchaser Summer IPA – Brewed with generous amounts of Crystal, Centennial, and Citra hops for a bright and refreshing summer treat.
  • Founders Devil Dancer – A triple IPA that boasts an ABV of 12%, 112 IBU and is dry hopped with 10 different varieties of hops.  Is this what it’s like to dance with the devil? Probably.

Mother’s Brewing Company:
Doozy is out in four packs, and Sandy is out in six packs.  If you haven’t had Sandy or don’t remember it, it’s a very nice hopped-up wheat beer with some serious grapefruit notes.

Here’s a list of what’s pouring in their tasting room right now (with some notes from Tim Ryan of Mother’s):

Grow Cukes, Not Nukes (Golden Farmhouse Ale infused with cucumbers)
High Plains Drifter (American Pale Ale)
Training Wheels (Session IPA)
Red Rover (Raspberry Golden Ale)
Chocolate Thunder (Porter) side note: We’ve discovered that this one is really good mixed with a Red Rover (1/2 & 1/2)
Thing 1 Rye Lager
Thing 2 Rye Saison
Sexual Healin’ (Nitro Stout)

You can also find their usual delicious fare, including Towhead, Li’l Helper, Three Blind Mice, Sandy, and Doozy in the tasting room, as well.

In the near future, you can expect to see Super Doozy come out in 22oz bombers in mid-June and D’Lila, the super hopped-up wheat, will come out in July.

White River Brewing Company:
Buck Hollow Blond is rolling out throughout SGF and Southwest Missouri right now. It’s a Belgian blonde ale with a Missouri twist.

Look for the release of Jam Up Blackberry Ale in the next month or so.  Also, if you’re looking to do a vertical tasting, I know the Barrels store on South National still has a bottle or two on their shelf, as of this past weekend.  They are moving the Jam Up release date up from Autumn to Summer this year.

Other Quick Hits:

  • Santa Fe Freestyle Pilsner will be out this week.
  • Abita Seersucker Pils – A new summer seasonal from Abita, this promises to be a very crisp, refreshing lager.
  • Perennial Regalia – Perennial is delicious.
  • Tallgrass Brewing Company has a new variety pack out in the area that includes their summer seasonal, Halcyon Wheat.

Happy Hour Live tonight will feature a Cathedral Square tasting at the University Plaza Hotel Lobby.  I would include this in the What’s on Tap! segment tomorrow, but by then it will be TOO LATE!

Tune in Thursday for our What’s on Tap! feature about coming craft beer events in Southwest Missouri.  If you have a Craft Beer Related event you’d like featured, please drop us a line through our Contact Us page.

The Rundown #5

Welcome to The Rundown.  Each week, we’ll post new beer releases, special editions, and seasonals that you can find here in Springfield.  If a beer has not yet been released, we’ll also let you know the release date when we can.

White River Brewing Company:
Buck Hollow Blond is rolling out throughout SGF and Southwest Missouri right now. It’s a Belgian blonde ale with a Missouri twist.

Look for the release of Jam Up Blackberry Ale in the next month or so.  Also, if you’re looking to do a vertical tasting, I know the Barrels store on South National still has a bottle or two on their shelf, as of this past weekend.  They are moving the Jam Up release date up from Autumn to Summer this year.

Springfield Brewing Company:
It’s your last chance to try Quencher in the Rye.  It went fast, but they’ll be changing out that tap this week.  They’ve also switched up their tap list significantly in the past week or so.  In addition to their four mainstays (11-Point Pilsner, Paul’s Pale Ale, Walnut Street Wheat, and Hop Lobster), they also have the following:

Bombay Brown – I love this beer.  It’s a slightly different take on the modern IPA.  It’s a darker color and the malts used stay away from the sweeter caramel flavors in order to focus on the more bready, toast-like aromas and flavors offered by brown malt.  The brewery says it’s a bit like having citrus marmalade on melba toast.  It’s a fair descriptor.

Bearded Guard – Bière de Garde is a style of beer traditionally brewed in Northern France, and is the cousin of the Belgian Saison.  This farmhouse ale uses a yeast strain known for producing very nice peppery notes (think black pepper, not bell peppers), while also including some subtle clove-like aroma.  The flavor is more bread-like, finishing with a slight fruitiness.

No word on what will take the spot of the Quencher in the Rye when it goes off later this week.  What SBC beer do you hope takes its spot?  Comment below with your favorite SBC beer.

Mother’s Brewing Company:
Doozy is out in four packs, and Sandy is out in six packs.  If you haven’t had Sandy or don’t remember it, it’s a very nice hopped-up wheat beer with some serious grapefruit notes.

Here’s a list of what’s pouring in their tasting room right now (with some notes from Tim Ryan of Mother’s):

Grow Cukes, Not Nukes (Golden Farmhouse Ale infused with cucumbers)
High Plains Drifter (American Pale Ale)
Training Wheels (Session IPA)
Red Rover (Raspberry Golden Ale)
Chocolate Thunder (Porter) side note: We’ve discovered that this one is really good mixed with a Red Rover (1/2 & 1/2)
Thing 1 Rye Lager
Thing 2 Rye Saison
Sexual Healin’ (Nitro Stout)

You can also find their usual delicious fare, including Towhead, Li’l Helper, Three Blind Mice, Sandy, and Doozy in the tasting room, as well.

In the near future, you can expect to see Super Doozy come out in 22oz bombers in mid-June and D’Lila, the super hopped-up wheat, will come out in July.

Brown Derby Wine Center:
Our friends down at the Wine Center have some great stuff coming out this week, as well.  Here are a few highlights provided by Eric Carter:

  • Boulevard Entwined Ale – It’s the first installment of what’s called their “Backroad Series”.  Based on the concept of blending the arts of brewing and winemaking.
  • Rogue Voodoo Doughnut – Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale housed in a wonderfully pink bottle.
  • Odell Tree Shaker Peach Imperial IPA – Peachy IPA? Yum.
  • Odell Footprint Ale
  • Free State Stormchaser Summer IPA
  • Stone Saison – Summer release.  Very delicious Farmhouse ale.

Other Quick Hits:
Santa Fe Freestyle Pilsner will be out next week.

Happy Hour Live tonight will feature a Cathedral Square tasting at the University Plaza Hotel Lobby.  I would include this in the What’s on Tap! segment tomorrow, but by then it will be TOO LATE!

Tune in tomorrow for our What’s on Tap! feature about coming craft beer events in Southwest Missouri.  If you have a Craft Beer Related event you’d like featured, please drop us a line through our Contact Us page.

The Rundown #4

Welcome to The Rundown.  Each week, we’ll post new beer releases, special editions, and seasonals that you can find here in Springfield.  If a beer has not yet been released, we’ll also let you know the release date when we can.

Mother’s Brewing Company:
If you went to The 4th Ever Mother’s Day Fest, you got to try quite a few different beers, but some highlight include the Grow Cukes not Nukes saison and our old friend, Doozy.  Here’s a list of what’s cooking in their tasting room right now (with some notes from Tim Ryan of Mother’s):

Grow Cukes, Not Nukes (Golden Farmhouse Ale infused with cucumbers)
High Plains Drifter (American Pale Ale)
Training Wheels (Session IPA)
Red Rover (Raspberry Golden Ale)
Chocolate Thunder (Porter) side note: We’ve discovered that this one is really good mixed with a Red Rover (1/2 & 1/2)
Thing 1 Rye Lager
Thing 2 Rye Saison
Sexual Healin’ (Nitro Stout)

In the near future, you can expect to see Super Doozy come out in 22 oz bombers in mid-June and D’Lila, the super hopped-up wheat, will come out in July.

White River Brewing Company:
Buck Hollow should finally make it out of the brewery door in bottles this week after a setback resulting from an incorrect shipment of bottles. You may have already seen it around SW Missouri, as it’s on draft in a lot of places and going fast.

WRBC is planning on going all out this summer entertaining you as well as quenching your thirst.  They are planning a Snap The Tap Snapchat Scavenger Hunt event, a Cool Pool Party, and are currently recruiting for their bowling team in the Enterprise Lanes Craft Beer Bowling League.  For more info about any of these events, email elonzo@whiteriverbrewingco.com.

Springfield Brewing Company:
In addition to their flagship beers and their bottled Anniversary Ale (Berry Stout), you can find three specialties on tap. Hellbender Hellerbock, Del Fuego, and The Quencher in the Rye.

The Brown Derby Wine Center:
Resident Beer Expert Eric Carter sent us a welcome update to the happenings over at The Brown Derby International Wine Center.

They have a limited quantity of Big Muddy Brewing located in Murphysboro, Illinois. There is a Blueberry Blonde, India Brown Ale, Galaxy IPA, and a Vanilla Stout and they are being sold exclusively at the Wine Center.

Evil Twin just released The Porthole blueberry saison and Femme Fatale Blanc, which is a Nelson Sauvin-hopped IPA with brett added.

For you watermelon lovers, the Horny Goat Watermelon Wheat has returned for the summer, and should be available in cans shortly.

Keep your eyes on our What’s on Tap posts for updates on a big New Belgium tasting coming in June.  It will be a rare opportunity to try some exceptional beers that you may not get to try otherwise.

Also, here is a current tap list from our friends in the Derby Deli with some notes from Eric:

  • Cathedral Square Repent Rye (They reformulated this to drink more like a rye DIPA. Very nice)
  • Mikkeller 1,000 IBU (bruiser)
  • Mother’s Chocolate Thunder (Porter brewed with Askinosie cocoa nibs and is pushed with nitrogen)
  • Mother’s Doozy!
  • Evil Twin Ryan and The Beaster Bunny Saison
  • Evil Twin Ron and The Beast Ryan (same Saison but fermented with Jolly Pumpkin Brettanomyces)
  • Firestone Walker Double Jack
  • Founders Imperial Stout

Boulevard Brewing Company:
It’s time for the annual release of Boulevard’s Saison with Brett, and it’s out in stores now.  If you’ve had it, you know it’s delicious.  If you haven’t, it’s a must-have.

Also coming out from Boulevard is a beer called Entwined.  It’s a malt beverage brewed with Muscat grape juice intended to be a beer/wine hybrid.  I don’t know what it’s like yet myself, but I’ve come to trust Boulevard’s “experiments” most of the time.

Brewery Ommegang:
One last note for this week: Ommegang’s new Hop House Pale Ale (Belgian IPA) is out.

Also, their Rare Voss, Three Philosophers, Gnomegang and seasonal Fleur de Houblon are now in 4pks.

Questions or suggestions?  Reach out to us through the Contact Us page.

The Rundown #3

Welcome to The Rundown.  Each week, we’ll post new beer releases, special editions, and seasonals that you can find here in Springfield.  If a beer has not yet been released, we’ll also let you know the release date when we can.

Mother’s Brewing Company:
Your best bet with Mother’s this week is to make it to the 4th Ever Mother’s Day Festival, where you can expect to find Sandy, Doozy, Love Factory #2, and a slew of Tasting-Room-Only beers that will knock your socks off.  Mother’s never messes around this time of year, and they have some seriously good beer around right now.

White River Brewing Company:
Keep your eye out this week for Buck Hollow Blond.  WRBC had a shipment of incorrect packaging, so it should be packaged this week, but you can get your hands on it now on draft around town or at the Brown Derby Wine Center (they hand-bottled a couple of cases for them).

An interesting side note for you: White River has broken ground on their new construction, so expect some updates on that in the coming months as they build a larger tasting room and outdoor seating area.

Springfield Brewing Company:
In addition to their flagship beers and their bottled Anniversary Ale (Berry Stout), you can find three specialties on tap. Hellbender Hellerbock, Del Fuego, and The Quencher in the Rye.

The Brown Derby Wine Center:
In addition to being the only place to find Buck Hollow Blond in bottles right now, the Wine Center also has some new additions to check out.

Seasonals:

  • Founder’s Rubaeus – Ruby-Red Raspberry beer.
  • Odell St. Lupulin – An Extra Pale Ale.  Bold hops, light color and body.
  • Cambridge Spring Training IPA – Don’t mistake this for a session IPA.  It is 6.6%.  But it’s refreshing and chockabock full og Palisades and Ahtanum hops.  Grassy, wildflower aromas set this IPA apart from others.

As for other craziness they have for you, check out this list:

  • Mikkeller French Oak Barleywine Series- A base beer that is a 19.3% barley wine aged on French oak with varying levels of toast. 6 beers total.
  • Mikkeller 1,000 IBU- They only have one case and it’s going quickly.
  • Nogne-O/Terrapin Imperial Rye Porter- A rare treat to find something with a Terrapin logo on it around here.
  • Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga- Funky spring seasonal

Quick Hits:

  • Anchor Summer Ale – An American Wheat beer that has been brewed annually since 1984.  Light and refreshing.
  • Lazy Magnolia Backwoods Belgian – A Belgian-style Strong Ale, this slightly sweet beauty is brewed with honeysuckle.
  • Core Brewing Company – Not sure what beers they will be bringing from ore this week, but some highlights to look for include their Robust Porter, Pale Ale, and their ESB.  Once I know what’s available in town, I’ll fill you in.

Questions or suggestions?  Reach out to us through the Contact Us page.

The Rundown #2

Welcome to The Rundown.  Each week, we’ll post new beer releases, special editions, and seasonals that you can find here in Springfield.  If a beer has not yet been released, we’ll also let you know the release date when we can.

Mother’s Brewing Company Tasting Room:
Mother’s has just released several new beers in their tasting room.  Plus, look for Doozy to come out later next week and a bunch of fun stuff to be released at the Mother’s Day Fest.

In their tasting room, look for these gems:
Red Rover
5% ABV 16 IBU
Notes from the brewery: The beer has a nice pale color with a touch of ruby red. The head is fruity and sweet, but not overpowering. The taste is mildly sweet but perfectly balanced with the decreased carbonation, hops, and 2 Row malt. The raspberries really come through during the aftertaste.

High Plains Drifter
Pale Ale
5%
Easy-drinking Pale Ale, from what I’ve heard, though I have not tried it yet, myself.  Give it a shot.

Chocolate Thunder
Porter
5.2% ABV 16 IBU
Notes from the brewery: Assertive aroma of chocolate ganache and tootsie roll. Mild vanilla aroma in the background. Flavors of bakers chocolate and dry roasted malts. Vanilla is pronounced in the mid palette before a dry roasted finish. Mouth feel is rich and creamy with a surprising dryness. Silky chocolate and vanilla with a lingering dry cocoa and roast.

Coming soon, you’ll also find Doozy’s little cousin:
Training Wheels
American IPA
3.3% ABV 28 IBU
Notes from the brewery: The bizarro Doozy! A golden session IPA made from the Doozy! mash, Training Wheels weighs in at a hefty 3.3% ABV. Moderately bitter and chock full of pleasant fruity, spicy, and piney hop character. Perfect for a day of carousing or a night out on the town, it tastes great and is also less filling. No really, it is less filling and lower in calories than any other beer we have made.

 

Springfield Brewing Company:
Hellbender Hellerbock – Pale golden bock beer with a healthy helping of fruity hops.
Del Fuego! – An SBC favorite, this stout is dosed with smoked Chipotle Meco, Pasilla, Ancho  and De Arbol peppers.  Don’t fear the heat, though.  It’s well balanced and not too spicy.
Quencher in the Rye(PA) – A newer addition to the SBC family, this RyePA is crisp and bright with some peppery notes from the hops and rye.

White River Brewing Company:
Buck Hollow Blond – A Missouri take on a Belgian blonde, this should be hitting stores Friday, but you may not see it until early next week.

Leaky Roof Meadery:
Currently, our friends at Leaky Roof have only two meads in town, their Cyser and Berry Picker, but if you can make the jaunt to Buffalo, you can try all of their meads, including several small-batch releases.  If you’re close enough to Arkansas to stop over the line for a mead on tap, you’ll find they have seven available.

Brown Derby International Wine Center:
Got an update from our friend Eric over at the Wine Center today.  They have quite the list on tap in the Derby Deli right now:

  • Urban Chestnut Aramis Pilsner
  • Urban Chestnut Hopfen Bavarian IPA
  • Evil Twin Ryan & The Beaster Bunny
  • Evil Twin Ron & The Beast Ryan (fermented w/Jolly Pumpkin Brett)
  • New Belgium Hop Kitchen Rye P.A.
  • Firestone Walker Double Jack IPA
  • Mother’s Chocolate Thunder
  • Founders Imperial Stout

In addition to these awesome brews, you can pick any beer you’d like off the shelf and, for a corking fee, they’ll chill the beer and serve it to you in the deli.  If the bottle is 22 ounces or less, the corking fee is $1, and anything over 22 oz is $2.  So, add that to the price of the bottle and you can have it served to you in the deli.

You heard me right.  Any beer off the shelf can be served to you on premises.

Quick Hits:

  • Don’t miss Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA.  It’s citrusy, bright, and very delicious.  And there’s no fruit in it, though you wouldn’t guess from the flavor.
  • He’brew Funky Jewbilation is in town.
  • Keep an eye out for Sandy and Doozy coming out very soon, and you may want to attend the Mother’s Day Fest on May 17th just to get your hands on some Love Factory #2.
  • The SBC Anniversary Stout is still available in the big bottles at the brewery.  A berry stout, this one’s very nice.
  • Core Brewing Company debuts in town NEXT WEEK.  I’ll try and get info about events so you can get your hands on some.

The Rundown #1

Welcome to The Rundown.  Each week, we’ll post new beer releases, special editions, and seasonals that you can find here in Springfield.  If a beer has not yet been released, we’ll also let you know the release date. Mother’s Brewing Company Tasting Room: Chocolate Thunder – Stout brewed with Askinosie Chocolate. Pulp Fiction – Saison with Blood Oranges Imperial Three Blind Mice – Big brother to three blind mice, this one’s big, bold, and delicious. Grow Cukes not Nukes – Cucumber Saison, cool and refreshing with a hint of black pepper from the yeast.  Should be out next week. Love Factory #2 – Not out yet, but you should be thinking about it.  Launches on May 17th at the 4th Ever Mother’s Day Festival. Springfield Brewing Company: Hellbender Hellerbock – Pale golden bock beer with a healthy helping of fruity hops. Del Fuego! – An SBC favorite, this stout is dosed with smoked Chipotle Meco, Pasilla, Ancho  and De Arbol peppers.  Don’t fear the heat, though.  It’s well balanced and not too spicy. Quencher in the Rye(PA) – A newer addition to the SBC family, this RyePA is crisp and bright with some peppery notes from the hops and rye. White River Brewing Company: Ole Mill Ale – You can still find this in a few stores around town.  It’s big, bold and delicious.  A big malt backbone and some warming alcohols make this an ideal companion for sipping next to a fire on a chilly spring evening. Buck Hollow Blond – A Missouri take on a Belgian blonde, this should be hitting stores next week.  Once I have a firm date, I’ll let you know. Leaky Roof Meadery: Berry Picker – Four berries in a mead?  Yes, please.  The sweetness of the mead is well balanced by the tart addition of four berries.  A very refreshing change of pace for when you want something completely different. (Available on tap only) Around and about town: Boulevard Grainstorm: A “double black rye IPA”, expect big malt, big hops, and the darkness of a storm at night.  Big beer. Tallgrass Brewing: Halcyon and new variety packs hit stores this week.  Halcyon is a refreshing wheat beer made from Kansas wheat and a healthy handful of hops.  Nice citrusy beer, and it comes in cans for your outdoor adventures. Deschutes: Fresh Squeezed will be back in town this week.  It’s an IPA made with citra and mosaic hops, lending bright citrus and tropical fruit in large doses without the addition of actual fruit. Not The Stoic is a Belgian dark strong ale (Read: a quadrupel) from a Deschutes.  It releases in town next week, so keep a sharp eye out for it.  I’m not sure how much will be around. Abita Andygator Doppelbock – This beer looks pretty intense.  It’s a high-gravity beer fermented to a dry finish using German yeast and Liberty hops.  It’s a clear straw color with a bit of sweetness, bread, and spice, but it finishes dry.  It’s back in stores in SGF and now available in 6 packs. Anchor Brewing Company – The California Lager (Part of their Zymaster Series) is out.  It’s a single-hop beer that uses cluster hops “from a long line originally grown in California.  They are actually doing a lot of local sourcing, using water from Yosemite, their own California yeast strain, and the Cluster hops. Anchor IPA is also out and about town.  It’s a well-balanced IPA with a solid malt backbone and an intense hop bitterness. Other Quick Hits:

  • Cathedral Square Belgian White is now available in 6 pack bottles
  • Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout (seasonal)
  • Stone Sprocket Bier (Black Rye Kolsch)
  • Sierra Nevada Hoptimum (limited time)
  • Founders All-Day IPA (a personal favorite) is coming in 15 pack cans for the same price as 12.
  • Odell Loose Leaf Session Ale (session IPA)

Welcome to Beer Buzz.

Welcome to our new Beer Buzz site.  We are currently working on the site in preparation for our new launch.  Thank you for your patience.

Beer Buzz was originally a blog and radio show under the TAG Media umbrella.  With the end of TAG Media at the end of April, 2014, SGF Beer Buzz will begin a new adventure as your independent source for craft beer news and information in Southwest Missouri.

We look forward to providing you with in-depth insight into local and regional breweries, special events, and more.

Thank you for being a part of craft beer in Missouri.