Next week is SGF Craft Beer Week, culminating, of course, in the Craft Beer Bash on Saturday, July 19th. Rather than take up tons of space listing off every event for craft beer week possible, I thought it might make more sense to make it a Google Map for you.
As we roll continuously towards SGF Craft Beer Week, which is July 13th-20th, things are amping up in Craft Beer in Southwest Missouri.
First, off, let’s start with the most urgent event. Joe Stange, Co-author of The Good Beer Guide to Belgium and Around Brussels in 80 Beers, will be at the Brown Derby Wine Center today from 4-7pm sharing some hand-selected Belgian Beer Samples. It’ll be educational, delicious, and– best of all– free.
Once you’ve done that, you can head over to Mother’s Brewing Company for their Friday Flix event, co-sponsored by The Moxie Cinema. Tonight’s feature is Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. Escape to Bat Country with Hunter S. Thompson on a mad journey through Vegas and drug-induced hazes. Needless to say, you need to leave the kiddos at home. This event is 21+ only. Entry is $5 at the gate, and the show starts at 8:30 or so.
July 3rd, your Mother’s will be at Macadoodles in Branson for a beer tasting from 5-7. If you have plans to be at the lake for the weekend of the 4th, this is a good way to get that started. Check out Macadoodles online for more info.
On July 5th, join the folks at 2nd Shift Brewing Company in New Haven, Missouri for 2nd Shift’s Beerfest. Runs from 1-5pm at the Cedar Creek Center, and will feature a large list of guest breweries sampling their wares. Breweries include Mother’s, Schlafly, O’Fallon, Perennial, One Trick Pony, Six Row Brewing Company, Boulevard, Tallgrass, Rock Bridge, Morgan Street, Augusta, Square One, and many more. If you’ve never been to New Haven, Missouri, this is a perfect reason to go.The address is Cedar Creek Center, 1401 Olive Road, New Haven, MO 63068. For more information, call the brewery at 573-237-3421. Designated drivers will be free. Tickets are $30, but check out 2nd shift’s website for more info.
Don’t forget SGF Craft Beer week starts on July 13th. It will be a week full of craft-beer related events all over town. I’m working on compiling a list of events as quickly as possible. It all culminates in the Craft Beer Bash downtown the following Saturday. That event will feature all of the local breweries and a lot of craft beer flowing freely on Springfield’s Park Central Square. Gird your loins.
In the meantime, whet your appetite with this list of SGF Beer Week events from Mother’s.
There are quite a few fun events coming in in Southwest Missouri in the next few weeks. From bond-burning parties to a night at the movies, your local craft beer scene is looking like a lot of fun.
Lots to talk about, so let’s go:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.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.
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):
- 2013 & 2014 La Folie on draft
- Bottles of Le Terroir 2013
- Love Oscar (A draft-only single barrel selection of unblended La Folie base beer chosen by the experts at NB)
- 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.
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.
Mother’s Brewing Company:
Your best bet with Mother’s this week is to make it to the 4th Ever Mother’s Day Festival, where you can expect to find Sandy, Doozy, Love Factory #2, and a slew of Tasting-Room-Only beers that will knock your socks off. Mother’s never messes around this time of year, and they have some seriously good beer around right now.
White River Brewing Company:
Keep your eye out this week for Buck Hollow Blond. WRBC had a shipment of incorrect packaging, so it should be packaged this week, but you can get your hands on it now on draft around town or at the Brown Derby Wine Center (they hand-bottled a couple of cases for them).
An interesting side note for you: White River has broken ground on their new construction, so expect some updates on that in the coming months as they build a larger tasting room and outdoor seating area.
Springfield Brewing Company:
In addition to their flagship beers and their bottled Anniversary Ale (Berry Stout), you can find three specialties on tap. Hellbender Hellerbock, Del Fuego, and The Quencher in the Rye.
The Brown Derby Wine Center:
In addition to being the only place to find Buck Hollow Blond in bottles right now, the Wine Center also has some new additions to check out.
- Founder’s Rubaeus – Ruby-Red Raspberry beer.
- Odell St. Lupulin – An Extra Pale Ale. Bold hops, light color and body.
- Cambridge Spring Training IPA – Don’t mistake this for a session IPA. It is 6.6%. But it’s refreshing and chockabock full og Palisades and Ahtanum hops. Grassy, wildflower aromas set this IPA apart from others.
As for other craziness they have for you, check out this list:
- Mikkeller French Oak Barleywine Series- A base beer that is a 19.3% barley wine aged on French oak with varying levels of toast. 6 beers total.
- Mikkeller 1,000 IBU- They only have one case and it’s going quickly.
- Nogne-O/Terrapin Imperial Rye Porter- A rare treat to find something with a Terrapin logo on it around here.
- Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga- Funky spring seasonal
- Anchor Summer Ale – An American Wheat beer that has been brewed annually since 1984. Light and refreshing.
- Lazy Magnolia Backwoods Belgian – A Belgian-style Strong Ale, this slightly sweet beauty is brewed with honeysuckle.
- Core Brewing Company – Not sure what beers they will be bringing from ore this week, but some highlights to look for include their Robust Porter, Pale Ale, and their ESB. Once I know what’s available in town, I’ll fill you in.
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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.
May 2nd First Firkin Friday at Mother’s Brewing Company
Not sure what it will be, but this event coincides with the 5th Annual Queen City Beard and Moustache Competition Meet and Greet, so be prepared to be amazed at the facial hair present. They are making a special firkin for the occasion, so get there early and have a blast.
May 3rd is Big Brew Day (National Homebrew Day) at The Homebrewery in Ozark, Missouri.
This Saturday, meet lots of area homebrewers and join the Homebrew ZOO and The Homebrewery in celebrating American Homebrew Day. We’ll have brewing demonstrations, homebrew sampling, and even some meadmaking demonstrations. It runs from 10 am to 3 pm, so stop by any time. It is a family-friendly event, and it is free to attend.
Also May 3rd, but at Mother’s Brewing Company
The Mother’s Intern National Wiffle Ball Tournament will happen in the back yard while the 5th Annual Queen City Beard and Moustache Competition will occur in the tasting room. The wiffle ball games start at 10 am, 2-4 players per team, limit of 30 teams. The event benefits the YMCA downtown, and it should be pretty fun. There will be Cecil’s Go-To there, and Mother’s will, of course, be pouring their beer for all attendees. Come to play or come to watch, you’ll still have a good time.
May 10th is the Craft Beer Fest at the Brown Derby Wine Center.
Proceeds to benefit the The Doula Foundation. VIP Early Entrance tickets (12:30-1:30pm) are available in advance for $25 per person (limited to the first 100 sold). Regular Entry tickets (1:30-4pm) are $15 and will be available on the day of the event. They’ll have around 100 different craft beers to sample, both out of bottle or can and on tap. For VIP Early Entrance, RSVP to (417) 883-4066.
May 12th-18th is American Craft Beer Week.
Mother’s is holding a ton of events that week. They are listed on the Mother’s website. In addition, watch this site for more information on events, such as the Core Brewing launch in Springfield that week.
May 17th is 4th ever Mother’s Day Fest.
2PM to 8PM in Mother’s Back Yard. (215 S Grant Spfd, MO). $5 at the gate, kids under 15 get in free. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc. Live Music, Local Food, Local Art, and Local BEER. (Including Love Factory Mark 2). Afterwards, there will be an official after party at Patton Alley Pub featuring Speakeasy.
Springfield Brewing Company:
Thursdays from 8-10pm, 180 degrees featuring Kristi Meredith.
Friday Nights, 6-9pm, The Johnny Stricklar Trio
Saturdays from 4-7 pm, The Ryan Talbot Experience
Wednesday is Happy Hour Live at the University Plaza Hotel Lobby.
Even though TAG Media is not longer around, their legacy lives on in the best networking opportunity in town. Each Wednesday from 5:00-7:30 pm, the UP Hotel Lobby hosts live music, local beer, food samples, and some very cool people.