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?
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.
Whew. If you’re reading this, you survived Springfield Craft Beer Week last week. There’s even a chance you didn’t get enough. Well, if that’s the case, maybe you should consider making the trip up to St. Louis next week. After all, it’s STL Beer Week. They’ll have over 100 events spanning throughout the city and featuring all of the local breweries (an believe me, there are A LOT OF THEM).
Or, you may be looking for something a little closer to home. If that’s the case, I encourage you to check these area events:
As we roll continuously towards SGF Craft Beer Week, which is July 13th-20th, things are amping up in Craft Beer in Southwest Missouri.
There are quite a few fun events coming in in Southwest Missouri in the next few weeks. From bond-burning parties to a night at the movies, your local craft beer scene is looking like a lot of fun.
Lots to talk about, so let’s go:
I left last week’s What’s on Tap! post off with some promises to find out more about some special tastings that are happening at The Brown Derby International Wine Center in June. One of those features my brother, Joe Stange, the Thirsty Pilgrim himself.
In case you missed last week’s post, Joe just published his second book about Belgian beer, The Good Beer Guide to Belgium, co-authored with Tim Webb. His first was Around Brussels in 80 Beers, co-authored with Yvan De Baets. It will be an interesting conversation with a guy who really loves Belgian beer.
Anyway, I did get some more details about this tasting. This will be Friday, June 27th from 4-7pm. Joe will be pouring and discussing some hand-selected Belgian beers and will have some signed copies of The Good Beer Guide to Belgium on hand. It’ll be a very good chance to chat about Belgian beer with a man who has made the study of Belgian beer his life for several years.
Some other highlights for the near future:
- Complementary Beer Tasting from 4-7pm at the Brown Derby Wine Center with Eric Carter. [EDIT] Springfield Brewing Company will be there, allowing you to taste their beer, and their Anniversary Stout will be on draft.
- Mother’s and Moxie Cinema Present Friday Flix in Mother’s Brewing Company’s Backyard. This month’s flick is Old School. Show starts around 8:30. It’s $5 to get in, 21 and older only, please. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and whatnot and come settle in for some wrestling in kiddie pools. I don’t know that it will happen, but it might. And Hormann meats will be selling their fare.
Friday, June 6th:
It’s First Friday, which means you’ll find all manner of art and beer-related fun in downtown Springfield.
- First Firkin Friday @ Mother’s Brewing Company – This month will feature a Grow Cukes not Nukes firkin with Honeydew in it. Big Pop’s Seafood will also be parked outside for your dining pleasure. Tasting room opens at 4, so get there early to ensure you’re in line when the firkin gets tapped.
- Mother’s Sandy tasting at Arts & Letters – Mother’s Brewing Company will be at Arts & Letters to support local art and offer you a chance to sample some Sandy from 7-9pm. While you’re there, check out some new work by Gary Bedell. Arts & Letters is located at 214 S Campbell in downtown Springfield.
Saturday, June 7th:
[EDIT] – Macadoodle’s Bark & Brew Fest – 12pm-3pm, Macadoodles is hosting a dog-friendly craft beer tasting to benefit Greyhound Pets of America – Springfield. Make sure your dog is on a leash, and $10 will get you in to sample beer, listen to live music, take your chance to win prizes, and nom on some vittles. 1455 E Independence. For more info, call (417) 883-9000.
Project B.A.B.E. (Big A$$ Beer Event) – Springfield Brewing Company is launching a new annual event to celebrate great beer, local artists, live music, and tasty food. The event will feature live music and local artists, as well as some kick-ass tacos and Benissimo Gelato. It’ll run from 2pm to 8pm in the SBC parking lot located on Market Street. Tickets are $5 each, kids 12 and under get in free. There may even be some cocktails featuring Missouri Spirits House.
Other odds and ends:
- White River Brewing Company is putting together a 12 person team for a float trip/river clean up on the James River. If you’re interested in participating, email email@example.com.
- Enterprise Park Lanes is currently hosting a Craft Beer Bowling League weekly. You can get more information about how you can bowl and drink great beer at the same time by phone at 417-883-0511 or by e-mailing Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org. The featured brewery for June is White River Brewing Company.
- White River Brewing Company is also kicking off a snapchat scavenger hunt that will be held the second to last week of June. The registration form should be up on their site next week. The event will be a photo scavenger hunt sponsored by the brewery. Details will be located on their website shortly.
That about does it for What’s on Tap! this week. If you have a craft-beer-related event you’d like featured, simply reach out to me via the Contact Us form, and I’ll make sure to get it posted for you.
Stay thirsty, Springfield.
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 email@example.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.