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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! 08/01/2014

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.

Four Course Memorial Day Challenge – Part V

Memorial Day has come and gone, and so has our first ever Food Pairing Challenge.  We at Beer Buzz were honored to have such great competitors in our first ever challenge, and think the results turned out incredibly well.

The theme of this Memorial Day challenge was grilling.  Our competitors, Hy-Vee‘s Chef Marty Lowry and Frankaboutfood.net‘s Frank Reiter, were provided four beers around which they were asked to design a menu.  The beers were provided in order of the courses, and they were asked to center their menu around a barbecue being held to celebrate the holiday.

Here’s a summary of the play by play, with the winner of each round.  At the end of the post, vote on the competitor you felt had the best Overall Menu.

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Four Course Memorial Day Challenge, Part II

Yesterday, we launched our Memorial Day Food Challenge with Hy-Vee Stores‘ Chef Marty Lowry and FrankAboutFood.net‘s Frank Reiter.  For the first course and background on the challenge, click here.  

Beer #2: Boulevard Brewing Company Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale

Frank says:

Boulevard Tank 7 can be a bigger beer at 8.5% ABV. However, it is also a Saison, or Farmhouse Style Ale, which are typically dry, crisp, and refreshing. After all, Saisons came about as a thirst quencher for farm hands! Tank 7 has the typical crisp, dry character, while still supporting a nice, lightly sweet fruitiness. This very subtle fruit note will balance the slightly acidic tang of the vinaigrette in this salad. The crisp Saison yeast will also work well with the refreshing mint component of the salad, as well. This salad is a great make ahead dish, that can be prepared the day before, and provides less stress on the day of your backyard BBQ!

Marty says:

For the second course, I have redesigned ceviche to suit our grilling theme. Grilled sea scallops provide their own delicate sweetness, alongside the bolder pineapple, in a blend of Latin and island flavors. Both the dish and the Boulevard Tank 7 pairing manifest themselves in a blend of sweet and spicy, light but earthy, as we move forward to our principal plate.

Recipes follow after the jump.

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Music for Beer Lovers with Ashton Lewis

On the night of the final TAG/Beer Buzz podcast, Ashton Lewis, Brett Johnston, and I spoke about music at length.  As we discussed music and beer, I thought it could be a fun experiment to try and combine music, food, and beer together.

As the podcast wound down and this site spun up, I emailed Ashton and asked him to pair some music with some beer, and then throw in some ideas for food, as well.

Although he found it challenging, Ashton came up with some great combinations.  After each one, he offers what he calls his “liner notes” for the combination.

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