What’s on Tap! 8/14/2014

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.

The Rundown #16

The delay in this week’s Rundown was due to my being on vacation earlier this week.  We still have some good news for you beer lovers, though:

First up, Leaky Roof Mead is officially available in cans in the SGF area.  I’ve seen it at Macadoodle’s on Independence and know it is hitting the Wine Center and many other accounts around town today.  The Cyser and the Berry Picker are available in 4-packs of 16oz cans, and they hope to be able to release the Bond Burner at the end of the month for those of you who like jalapenos and pineapple (If you think it sounds weird, you should at least try it.  It’s REALLY good.)

Springfield Brewing Company has big news for you.  The always amazing Bull Creek Brown is on tap now and has taken the place of the Heart of Darkness Dunkel.  In addition, watch for this year’s GABF Pro-Am entry, I Wanna Rauch, to appear on tap this Saturday.

Keith Wallis pours a healthy dose of hops into the SBC kettle while brewing "I wanna Rauch"
Keith Wallis pours a healthy dose of hops into the SBC kettle while brewing “I wanna Rauch”
Homebrew ZOO members pose with Bruce from SBC as part of the GABF Pro-Am brew day.  They brewed "I Wanna Rauch", a recipe by Keith Wallis, pictured center.
Homebrew ZOO members pose with Bruce from SBC as part of the GABF Pro-Am brew day. They brewed “I Wanna Rauch”, a recipe by Keith Wallis, pictured center.

This beer has an interesting pedigree.  This was the Best of Show winner in this year’s “To Helles and Bock” homebrew competition, hosted by The Zymurgists of the Ozarks Home Brewing Society (HomebrewZOO).  The brewer, Keith Wallis, was also the mastermind behind last year’s Best of Show Winner, 585 ESB, which was on tap for several weeks at this time last year.  Needless to say, he’s an excellent brewer, and you can expect a phenomenal beer.

SBC is also releasing a new drink menu which highlights several beer cocktails made with their ales and lagers.  Many of these cocktails have never been offered by SBC before, so it should be worth checking out.

Finally, Cathedral Square’s Ave Maria is in Springfield and should be available this week.  Bottles will be at the Wine Center and Macadoodles for sure, and maybe in a few other places this Friday.  The Mud Lounge will have it on tap at some point, but no word yet on when.  Ave Maria is a Double Abbey Ale aged in Elijah Craig barrels with morello cherries.  A very unique beer, and worth checking out.  Very limited quantities, I would imagine.

In news related to last week’s Rundown, I’ve seen the Santa Fe Oktoberfest out and about in their pretty little cans.  They are pretty cool looking cans, and the rumor has it they contain some very drinkable lager.  Crisp maltiness and bavarian hops make a helluva balance, and I love the Oktoberfest style.

Watch out for What’s on Tap, which should post a little later on today.

What’s your favorite Fall Seasonal beer?  Let us know in the comments below.

What’s on Tap! 8/8/2014

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.

The Rundown #15

Things are going to start warming up in craft beer here in the Ozarks for the next few months.  Oktoberfest and Pumpkin Beer season is fast approaching and all of the local breweries, shops, and distributors are gearing up for some great seasonal and special releases.

First up, Mother’s Brewing Company wants you to go Old School with their Oktoberfest.  It’s out on tap now and out in six-packs, as well.  They also brewed their GABF Pro-Am entry with Nathan Hopper, who won last year’s Art of Darkness Fall Competition hosted by The Zymurgists of the Ozarks.  They will have his “Riding Dirty” beer available at the brewery in the next few weeks, as it will need to be sent to the GABF folks in the next 20 days or so.

In addition, they are working on some pretty special projects, but they won’t tell me anything about them other than giggling like children while telling me nothing of significance.  I did glean from Tim Ryan that they will be launching a rebranded form of Fancy Pants next month.  They are also planning on expanding the bomber line, but won’t divulge any details as of yet.  With a little luck, I can get a bit more detail in the next week or two, so keep watching the Rundown.

Here is the current Mother’s Tasting Room tap list:

  • D’Lila
  • Super Doozy!
  • Holy Mole
  • Sexual Healin’
  • MO Cider
  • Grow Cukes, Not Nukes
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales
  • Sideshow Bob
  • Training Wheels
  • Table Saison
  • Ales for ALS
  • Rumspringa
  • Thing 1: Sum’r Wheat
  • Thing 2: Sum’r Wit

Leaky Roof Meadery has successfully canned their mead, and you should see it in stores beginning this week, beginning with their Strawberry Mead.  It will roll out over time, but you can find them at Brown Derby, Hy-Vee, Price Cutter, and several other places.  They also hope to have their Bond Burner, which is a fan favorite, available at bars and in cans by the end of the month.  They say “No promises, but we’re getting close”.

Start watching out for your favorite Oktoberfest and Pumpkin beers as we roll into the middle of summer.  Each year, they get a bit earlier, but that’s because people like it that way.  I’m typically inclined to grumble about it like an old curmudgeonly beer snob, but I get excited for Oktoberfest beers.

Watch out for the following, which will be coming out very soon:

  • Old School Oktoberfest
  • Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest (Out now)
  • Santa Fe’s Oktoberfest (One of the coolest cans for an Oktoberfest beer)
  • Schlafly Pumpkin

Well, that about does it for the Rundown this week.  We’ll have more release news for you next week.

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What’s on Tap! 08/01/2014

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.

‘Tweener: Rundown #14 Update

Just got a message from Eric at the Brown Derby Wine Center about some beers that won’t last long.  I thought you guys might want to know about these babies.

Sierra Nevada Equinox Harvest IPA– Equinox is the name of the single hop used in the latest Harvest Ale. Sierra describes it as having complex aromas ranging from bright and citrusy to herbal and woody, with a top note of fruity, garden-fresh bell pepper.

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Invitation Ale – A West Coast Double IPA brewed to invite you to celebration the biggest craft beer collaboration extravaganza to ever take place in the history of the universe (that I’m aware of). These come in 24oz bombers and are in a very limited supply.  

They have limited seating still available to taste all 12 Sierra Nevada collaboration beers on August 12th at 6:30. The tickets will not last long and this will be the best way to ensure that you get to taste them, as the bottles are VERY limited.  To reserve your spot, call the Wine Center at 1(417) 883-4066 TODAY!!!

What’s on Tap! 7/24/2014

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:

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The Rundown #12

It’s #SGFBeerWeek (Springfield Craft Beer Week, you know).  That means there are ll kinds of fun events for you to go and attend, but there are also some very special beers to be found this week out and about town. Let’s get down to it.

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