OK, beer lovers, I’m back with your rundown. Sorry it’s been a minute, but I’m back now with more beer news. Check it out.
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?
Happy Thirsty Thursday, beer nerds. There are a ton of great releases coming out this week and next, so let’s dive right in and swim in the glory that is beer!
As we roll on into Autumn, there are a lot of interesting beers coming out. In addition to the myriad pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers surfacing, there is more to look forward to.
Welcome to another Rundown. We have a lot of good stuff for you this week. Leaky Roof Meadery has designs on you, Mother’s Brewing Company is spiffing up their britches and lederhosen, and so much more…
Hey, Springfielders. It’s time for your Rundown. All that’s new and noteworthy in craft beer releases this week.
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.
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 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.
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.
Hello, beer lovers. It’s August, which means Oktoberfest and Pumpkin beers. I know, right? They get earlier every year…
Anyway, here’s the lowdown on beer and mead events in the Ozarks:
In case you weren’t aware, the Leaky Roof Meadery gang REALLY loves local music. Stop by their tasting room for some great live local music. Here’s what’s coming up over there:
- August 9th: Buckner and Ison from 6-9pm
- August 16th: Traditional Irish Players “Stormy Weather” from 7-10pm.
- August 23rd: Casey Lynn and The Deal Breakers from 7-10pm.
- August 30th: Bluegrass at the Meadery feat. John Wynn Jr. and Fly by Night from 7-10pm.
Also, they’ll be up at the Midwest Wine and Brew Festival on Saturday, August 9th from 2-5pm. That’s up at The Country Club Hotel and Spa, 301 Carol Road, Lake Ozark, MO 65049. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. More info here.
Next weekend is the third weekend in August, which to any serious Ozarks beer drinker only means one thing: Ernte Fest. This annual event, held in Freistatt, Missouri is put on by the Freistatt Lions Club and features German Foods, Games, and, of course, a biergarten. For more info, call 417-466-3641.
You also may as well plan to be in Mother’s Backyard for the Friday Flix movie, brought to you by Mother’s Brewing Company and Moxie Cinema. This month’s feature is Superbad. It’ll be August 22nd at 8:00 PM or so (it has to get dark, see?), but the tasting room opens at 4 pm. Remember, these flicks are 21 and over only, please, so bring $5 to get in and some cash for beer and grub. Bring something to sit on, or just pull up a patch of grass and watch McLovin’ put on a show.