First, off, let’s start with the most urgent event. Joe Stange, Co-author of The Good Beer Guide to Belgium and Around Brussels in 80 Beers, will be at the Brown Derby Wine Center today from 4-7pm sharing some hand-selected Belgian Beer Samples. It’ll be educational, delicious, and– best of all– free.
Once you’ve done that, you can head over to Mother’s Brewing Company for their Friday Flix event, co-sponsored by The Moxie Cinema. Tonight’s feature is Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. Escape to Bat Country with Hunter S. Thompson on a mad journey through Vegas and drug-induced hazes. Needless to say, you need to leave the kiddos at home. This event is 21+ only. Entry is $5 at the gate, and the show starts at 8:30 or so.
July 3rd, your Mother’s will be at Macadoodles in Branson for a beer tasting from 5-7. If you have plans to be at the lake for the weekend of the 4th, this is a good way to get that started. Check out Macadoodles online for more info.
On July 5th, join the folks at 2nd Shift Brewing Company in New Haven, Missouri for 2nd Shift’s Beerfest. Runs from 1-5pm at the Cedar Creek Center, and will feature a large list of guest breweries sampling their wares. Breweries include Mother’s, Schlafly, O’Fallon, Perennial, One Trick Pony, Six Row Brewing Company, Boulevard, Tallgrass, Rock Bridge, Morgan Street, Augusta, Square One, and many more. If you’ve never been to New Haven, Missouri, this is a perfect reason to go.The address is Cedar Creek Center, 1401 Olive Road, New Haven, MO 63068. For more information, call the brewery at 573-237-3421. Designated drivers will be free. Tickets are $30, but check out 2nd shift’s website for more info.
Don’t forget SGF Craft Beer week starts on July 13th. It will be a week full of craft-beer related events all over town. I’m working on compiling a list of events as quickly as possible. It all culminates in the Craft Beer Bash downtown the following Saturday. That event will feature all of the local breweries and a lot of craft beer flowing freely on Springfield’s Park Central Square. Gird your loins.
In the meantime, whet your appetite with this list of SGF Beer Week events from Mother’s.