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…
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.
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.
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:
- 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
- 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.
As the weather cools for a couple of days, the beer releases are warming up a bit. With SGF Craft Beer Week under our collective belt, we still have some things to look forward to.
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:
Next week is SGF Craft Beer Week, culminating, of course, in the Craft Beer Bash on Saturday, July 19th. Rather than take up tons of space listing off every event for craft beer week possible, I thought it might make more sense to make it a Google Map for you.
Gearing up for SGF Craft Beer Week next week, I have a pretty solid list for you today from several of our friends around town.