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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.

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)