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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.

The Rundown #22

SBC Bringing home the awards bacon, Mother’s making it easier to get their full tap list, and a big chance to try some very unique and rare beers all follow in this here Rundown!

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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.

The Rundown #16

The delay in this week’s Rundown was due to my being on vacation earlier this week.  We still have some good news for you beer lovers, though:

First up, Leaky Roof Mead is officially available in cans in the SGF area.  I’ve seen it at Macadoodle’s on Independence and know it is hitting the Wine Center and many other accounts around town today.  The Cyser and the Berry Picker are available in 4-packs of 16oz cans, and they hope to be able to release the Bond Burner at the end of the month for those of you who like jalapenos and pineapple (If you think it sounds weird, you should at least try it.  It’s REALLY good.)

Springfield Brewing Company has big news for you.  The always amazing Bull Creek Brown is on tap now and has taken the place of the Heart of Darkness Dunkel.  In addition, watch for this year’s GABF Pro-Am entry, I Wanna Rauch, to appear on tap this Saturday.

Keith Wallis pours a healthy dose of hops into the SBC kettle while brewing "I wanna Rauch"
Keith Wallis pours a healthy dose of hops into the SBC kettle while brewing “I wanna Rauch”
Homebrew ZOO members pose with Bruce from SBC as part of the GABF Pro-Am brew day.  They brewed "I Wanna Rauch", a recipe by Keith Wallis, pictured center.
Homebrew ZOO members pose with Bruce from SBC as part of the GABF Pro-Am brew day. They brewed “I Wanna Rauch”, a recipe by Keith Wallis, pictured center.

This beer has an interesting pedigree.  This was the Best of Show winner in this year’s “To Helles and Bock” homebrew competition, hosted by The Zymurgists of the Ozarks Home Brewing Society (HomebrewZOO).  The brewer, Keith Wallis, was also the mastermind behind last year’s Best of Show Winner, 585 ESB, which was on tap for several weeks at this time last year.  Needless to say, he’s an excellent brewer, and you can expect a phenomenal beer.

SBC is also releasing a new drink menu which highlights several beer cocktails made with their ales and lagers.  Many of these cocktails have never been offered by SBC before, so it should be worth checking out.

Finally, Cathedral Square’s Ave Maria is in Springfield and should be available this week.  Bottles will be at the Wine Center and Macadoodles for sure, and maybe in a few other places this Friday.  The Mud Lounge will have it on tap at some point, but no word yet on when.  Ave Maria is a Double Abbey Ale aged in Elijah Craig barrels with morello cherries.  A very unique beer, and worth checking out.  Very limited quantities, I would imagine.

In news related to last week’s Rundown, I’ve seen the Santa Fe Oktoberfest out and about in their pretty little cans.  They are pretty cool looking cans, and the rumor has it they contain some very drinkable lager.  Crisp maltiness and bavarian hops make a helluva balance, and I love the Oktoberfest style.

Watch out for What’s on Tap, which should post a little later on today.

What’s your favorite Fall Seasonal beer?  Let us know in the comments below.

The Rundown #15

Things are going to start warming up in craft beer here in the Ozarks for the next few months.  Oktoberfest and Pumpkin Beer season is fast approaching and all of the local breweries, shops, and distributors are gearing up for some great seasonal and special releases.

First up, Mother’s Brewing Company wants you to go Old School with their Oktoberfest.  It’s out on tap now and out in six-packs, as well.  They also brewed their GABF Pro-Am entry with Nathan Hopper, who won last year’s Art of Darkness Fall Competition hosted by The Zymurgists of the Ozarks.  They will have his “Riding Dirty” beer available at the brewery in the next few weeks, as it will need to be sent to the GABF folks in the next 20 days or so.

In addition, they are working on some pretty special projects, but they won’t tell me anything about them other than giggling like children while telling me nothing of significance.  I did glean from Tim Ryan that they will be launching a rebranded form of Fancy Pants next month.  They are also planning on expanding the bomber line, but won’t divulge any details as of yet.  With a little luck, I can get a bit more detail in the next week or two, so keep watching the Rundown.

Here is the current Mother’s Tasting Room tap list:

  • D’Lila
  • Super Doozy!
  • Holy Mole
  • Sexual Healin’
  • MO Cider
  • Grow Cukes, Not Nukes
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales
  • Sideshow Bob
  • Training Wheels
  • Table Saison
  • Ales for ALS
  • Rumspringa
  • Thing 1: Sum’r Wheat
  • Thing 2: Sum’r Wit

Leaky Roof Meadery has successfully canned their mead, and you should see it in stores beginning this week, beginning with their Strawberry Mead.  It will roll out over time, but you can find them at Brown Derby, Hy-Vee, Price Cutter, and several other places.  They also hope to have their Bond Burner, which is a fan favorite, available at bars and in cans by the end of the month.  They say “No promises, but we’re getting close”.

Start watching out for your favorite Oktoberfest and Pumpkin beers as we roll into the middle of summer.  Each year, they get a bit earlier, but that’s because people like it that way.  I’m typically inclined to grumble about it like an old curmudgeonly beer snob, but I get excited for Oktoberfest beers.

Watch out for the following, which will be coming out very soon:

  • Old School Oktoberfest
  • Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest (Out now)
  • Santa Fe’s Oktoberfest (One of the coolest cans for an Oktoberfest beer)
  • Schlafly Pumpkin

Well, that about does it for the Rundown this week.  We’ll have more release news for you next week.

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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.

What’s on Tap! 5/1/2014

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.

Have an event you’d like to have included in our What’s on Tap! posts or calendar?  Let us know through our Contact Us page.

What’s on Tap! 4/24/2014

White River Brewing Company Tours – White River offers tours of their brewing company every Saturday, but you must make an appointment. Email Elonzo@whiteriverbrewingco.com to reserve your spot. Tours are every hour and are limited to 12 people.

Live music at SBC every weekend:
Tonight 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

Sundays and Mondays at the brewco, they have my favorite special ever.
Appetizer and a pitcher for $13. Can’t beat a pitcher of pils and some pulled pork nachos, in my opinion.

Wednesday is Happy Hour Live at the University Plaza Hotel Lobby.
5:00-7:30 pm or so. Live music, local beer, food samples, and the best Networking opportunity in town.

May 3rd is Big Brew Day (National Homebrewer’s Day) at The Homebrewery in Ozark, Missouri.
Admission is free, and The Homebrewery and the Homebrew ZOO will be offering demonstrations on homebrewing and meadmaking, there will be a potluck and barbecue, and a lot of homebrew to sample. IF you’re a homebrewer or are interested in the hobby, you should stop by and visit with us for a while. If you’re interested in brewing as part of Big Brew Day, please contact todd@homebrewery.com and make sure he has room for you. Let him know which recipe you’d like to brew and how much, and he’ll have your ingredients ready for you when you get there.

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 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 afterparty at Patton Alley Pub.