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It’s Ozarks Beerfest Week, so you’re probably not too worried about what you’ll do this weekend, but there is a lot of great news for local beer lovers right now. Let’s run it down, shall we?
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.
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.
As you may have noticed, Leaky Roof Mead is now out and about town in its fancy new cans. For a little background, I had a brief conversation with Leaky Roof Meadery owner and head meadmaker, Todd Rock.