Good afternoon, my beer nerd brothers and sisters. It’s time for your weekly dose of new releases, seasonals, and good beer.
Hey, Springfielders. It’s time for your Rundown. All that’s new and noteworthy in craft beer releases this week.
Happy First Friday, Beer Buzzers. We have a pretty solid list of things for you to do while you drink, but we’ll start with where you should be TONIGHT.
Get your butts down to Mother’s for the First Firkin Friday. Tonight, they’ll have a Blueberry Mandarin Summer With with your name on it. They start pouring the gravity-fed deliciousness at 6, but their tasting room opens in 15, so get busy getting there so you don’t miss a drop.
Tonight, you can catch an Springfield BRewing Company sampling at Arts & Letters as part of First Friday Art Walk. They will be exhibiting art by Shay Rainey and pouring delicious local beer. Win. Starts at 7pm and runs until 10 pm at 214 S Campbell ave in downtown Springfield.
Tuesday, August 12th is the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Tasting at the Brown Derby Wine Center. The price is $20 per person and it will be a one-time opportunity to try several amazing beers you will not have another chance to try locally. Show starts at 6:30 in the Wine Center Tasting Room. RSVP at 417-883-4066 and tell them we sent you. We get nothing out of it, but it will confuse them when you tell them.
The list of beers includes:
- 3 Floyds Brewing Company Chico King Pale Ale
- Allagash Brewing Company Myron’s Walk Belgian Style Pale
- Asheville Brewer’s Alliance Tater Ridge Scottish Ale
- Ballast Point Brewing Company Electric Ray India Pale Lager
- Bell’s Brewing Company Maillard’s Odyssey Imperial Dark Ale
- Cigar City Brewing Yonder Bock Tropical Maibock
- Firestone Walker Torpedo Hoppy Pilsner
- Oskar Blues Brewery CANfusion Rye Bock
- New Glarus Brewing Company There & Back ESB
- Ninaski Brewing Company Double-Latte Coffee Imperial Stout
- Russian River Brewing Company Yvan the Great Belgian-Style Blond
- Victory Brewing Company Alt Route Altbier
The largest local homebrew club, The Zymurgists of the Ozarks (The Homebrew ZOO) has their monthly meeting on August 19th at 7:30 pm at The Homebrewery in Ozark, Missouri. This month, we’ll be discussing Session Beers, which is a topic near and dear to my heart. Come on out and meet some very avid beer-sharers.
This month is Boulevard’s month to make your mouth water. They’re sponsoring 417 Magazine’s Restaurant Month, which promotes… well… restaurants in 417. The kick-off party is Thursday, August 7th at Metropolitan Farmer, but they’re getting started August 3rd at participating restaurants. For tickets to the kickoff party, call 417-720-1665, or click here for the menu and details.
Get out there and get drinking. Tag your photos with #SGFBeer or send them to us at @sgfbeerbuzz (on Twitter and Instagram). Let’s make this social media thing social.
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)