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Featured Interview – Tyler Moles, Beerfest Organizer

While “Beerfest Organizer” isn’t Tyler Moles’s actual job title at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, it may as well be right now. Beerfest is one of the most important fund raising events for the local charitable organization, whose mission it is to help all children achieve success in life.

We spoke to Tyler about Beerfest, his role at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, and his street cred as a craft beer lover.

What is your title at BBBSO, and how long have you held the role?

Development Director – I’ve had this role for almost 2 whole days.  For the 5 months before that I was the Development Officer.

This is your first year working with BBBSO and Ozarks BeerFest.  How did you get involved with this organization?

I have volunteered at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks events for a few years now.  I feel very passionately that youth mentoring is one of the most important elements of building a strong community.  By helping children realize their potential they can become productive and happy adults.  This in turn helps them raise the next generation outside of the cycle of poverty.

Are you a craft beer nerd?

People that are overly enthusiastic about craft beer are not nerds.  They are cultured.

Let’s establish your craft beer fan street cred:

What’s your favorite beer style?

I am a huge fan of IPA’s, but really for a beer to be good it mostly just needs to be a beer… and not have fruit in it.

Have you ever made beer at home?

A couple of times with mixed results.  I’ve been told that the secret is to either know how to do it or to follow a recipe.

Let’s imagine you’re going to cook a steak on the grill at home? What are you going to drink with it?

Beer, of course.  Responsibly.   I can’t tell you the kind of beer.  We have a lot of fantastic breweries that are awesome enough to come and help us put on Ozarks Beerfest.  I don’t want to risk upsetting any of my beer brewing friends by naming a favorite. I will tell you that it’s likely going to be a local favorite (It’s an ale and it’s pale).

What experience do you bring to the event that you feel has been particularly helpful?

I’ve thrown a lot of parties and helped to put together events in order to try and make the world a better place.  As a Sertoman, I have been involved with the planning of several awesome events, including Wingapalooza, Sertoma Chili Cook-off, and Cashew Craze.  I am stoked to be able take what I’ve learned and apply it to Ozarks Beerfest.  Make no mistake, this is a different kind of event, but I promise you that it is going to be out of this world.

BeerFest patrons enjoying samples
The 2013 event was the first at which homebrewed beer was allowed to be served due to a change in state law. Pictured, members of the Zymurgists of the Ozarks and employees of The Homebrewery share samples of homebrewed beer.

What makes this year’s BeerFest different from the event in previous years?

More craft beers for one thing.  We have a lot of new breweries represented this year.  In addition we have more food, more games, we even have a stein holding competition lined up for your enjoyment.

We noticed that you set a limit this year on those VIP tickets.  What’s the deal?

We’ve got some really cool things going for VIP’s so we want to keep the crowd down during VIP hours.  By limiting the number of attendees during these hours, VIPs will be able to fully enjoy the VIP experience.

What are the benefits of purchasing VIP tickets?

We have some really cool breakout sessions lined up with the brewmasters from some of the breweries.  We will be releasing more details shortly.  These sessions will be only available to VIP ticket holders. 

VIPs will get in 2 full hours early at noon.  They will get an awesome commemorative mug.  They will also get $10 in Beer Bucks to use on beer merchandise.

What do I get with my general admission ticket?

A general admission ticket will get you in to the event at 2:00 p.m.  You’ll get an awesome pilsner style Ozarks Beerfest tasting glass which you can use to sample any of over 100 different beers.

Where can I see what breweries will be represented at this year’s festival?

We’ve got a very small handful listed on ozarksbeerfest.com .  Really, I’m thinking of making people wait to see how massive the full list is.  I want to make sure there are enough surprises to keep Beerfest fresh.

What food vendors will be there?

We’ve got tons of beer related food this year.  Farmland is bringing in 1000 Boulevard bratwursts.  Rold Gold is bringing in 1000 bags of pretzels.   Rib Crib is bringing in barbeque.  Garbo’s is bringing in pizza.   You can check out some of the other awesome restaurants on ozarksbeerfest.com.  That said, there will be more than what is listed on the website.

So I have purchased my ticket and I’m inside the event. What, besides beer and food, will I find inside?

You’ll find Beer Plinko, Beer Lovers Lane (where you can find merchandise from the breweries.  We’ll have a few surprises as well. 

What part of BeerFest are you most looking forward to?

5:00 pm when the event is over.  That is when I can sample a beer.

Purchase your tickets for Ozarks Beerfest online or at Select Price Cutter Locations, Springfield Brewing Company, Mother’s Brewing Company, The Home Brewery, White River Brewery, and all Springfield Rapid Roberts locations.

For more info about the food and beer you’ll find at the event, make sure to check out ozarksbeerfest.com.

VIP tickets (200 available) are $50 per person and include the following perks:

  • 2 hour early admittance at noon
  • Exclusive breakout sessions
  • Signature VIP Mug

$10 of Beer Bucks to spend on merchandise at the event

General Admission tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door. They include your own tasting glass and admission from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.

What’s on Tap! 09/04/2014

Happy Thursday, everyone.  We’re flying fast into fest season, so we have a lot of events coming up.  I’ll try and get them all added to our calendar as we go, but in the meantime, here are some highlights for you.

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The Rundown #19

Welcome to another Rundown.  We have a lot of good stuff for you this week.  Leaky Roof Meadery has designs on you, Mother’s Brewing Company is spiffing up their britches and lederhosen, and so much more…

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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.

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.

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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