Tag Archives: Brown Derby International Wine Center

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.

What’s on Tap! 5/29/2014

I left last week’s What’s on Tap! post off with some promises to find out more about some special tastings that are happening at The Brown Derby International Wine Center in June.  One of those features my brother, Joe Stange, the Thirsty Pilgrim himself.

In case you missed last week’s post, Joe 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.

Anyway, I did get some more details about this tasting.  This will be Friday, June 27th from 4-7pm.  Joe will be pouring and discussing some hand-selected Belgian beers and will have some signed copies of The Good Beer Guide to Belgium on hand.  It’ll be a very good chance to chat about Belgian beer with a man who has made the study of Belgian beer his life for several years.

Some other highlights for the near future:


  • Complementary Beer Tasting from 4-7pm at the Brown Derby Wine Center with Eric Carter.  [EDIT] Springfield Brewing Company will be there, allowing you to taste their beer, and their Anniversary Stout will be on draft.
  • Mother’s and Moxie Cinema Present Friday Flix in Mother’s Brewing Company’s Backyard.  This month’s flick is Old School.  Show starts around 8:30.  It’s $5 to get in, 21 and older only, please.  Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and whatnot and come settle in for some wrestling in kiddie pools.  I don’t know that it will happen, but it might.  And Hormann meats will be selling their fare.

Friday, June 6th:

It’s First Friday, which means you’ll find all manner of art and beer-related fun in downtown Springfield.

  • First Firkin Friday @ Mother’s Brewing Company – This month will feature a Grow Cukes not Nukes firkin with Honeydew in it.  Big Pop’s Seafood will also be parked outside for your dining pleasure.  Tasting room opens at 4, so get there early to ensure you’re in line when the firkin gets tapped.
  • Mother’s Sandy tasting at Arts & Letters – Mother’s Brewing Company will be at Arts & Letters to support local art and offer you a chance to sample some Sandy from 7-9pm.  While you’re there, check out some new work by Gary Bedell.  Arts & Letters is located at 214 S Campbell in downtown Springfield.

Saturday, June 7th:

[EDIT] – Macadoodle’s Bark & Brew Fest – 12pm-3pm, Macadoodles is hosting a dog-friendly craft beer tasting to benefit Greyhound Pets of America – Springfield.  Make sure your dog is on a leash, and $10 will get you in to sample beer, listen to live music, take your chance to win prizes, and nom on some vittles.  1455 E Independence.  For more info, call (417) 883-9000.

Project B.A.B.E. (Big A$$ Beer Event) – Springfield Brewing Company is launching a new annual event to celebrate great beer, local artists, live music, and tasty food.  The event will feature live music and local artists, as well as some kick-ass tacos and Benissimo Gelato.  It’ll run from 2pm to 8pm in the SBC parking lot located on Market Street.  Tickets are $5 each, kids 12 and under get in free.  There may even be some cocktails featuring Missouri Spirits House.

Other odds and ends:

  • White River Brewing Company is putting together a 12 person team for a float trip/river clean up on the James River.  If you’re interested in participating, email elonzo@whiteriverbrewingco.com.
  • Enterprise Park Lanes is currently hosting a Craft Beer Bowling League weekly.  You can get more information about how you can bowl and drink great beer at the same time by phone at 417-883-0511 or by e-mailing Chris at enterpriseparklanes@yahoo.com.  The featured brewery for June is White River Brewing Company.
  • White River Brewing Company is also kicking off a snapchat scavenger hunt that will be held the second to last week of June.  The registration form should be up on their site next week.  The event will be a photo scavenger hunt sponsored by the brewery.  Details will be located on their website shortly.

That about does it for What’s on Tap! this week.  If you have a craft-beer-related event you’d like featured, simply reach out to me via the Contact Us form, and I’ll make sure to get it posted for you.

Stay thirsty, Springfield.

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.

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.