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.
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.