There’s nothing more refreshing than a cold brew after a long day, especially when that delicious brew is local. Brewery culture is a phenomenon that has swept the entire United States, and transplants to Springfield needn’t worry that they’re missing out. With our nine unique craft breweries, you’re sure to find something delicious no matter your taste.
Let’s explore where you could meet your new favorite beer.
It all started with a dream: bringing tasty, local beer to downtown Springfield. Since the first batch in 2011, Mother’s has made an impact across the country with their canned, tapped and bottled selections. Despite their amazing growth, they’ve always kept their roots in mind and honored where they started. Just take a look at some of their beer names—Great Cobra Scare is named after the famed Springfield incident in 1953 when a man broke into an exotic pet store downtown and released cobras.
Our pick: Grab their Lil’ Helper for a traditional American IPA flavor that’s sure to satisfy. If it’s winter, you have to try their Winter Grind stout—it’s something of a local legend.
Once you’ve completed your loop at the Galloway Creek Greenway Trail by Sequiota Park, stop into 4 By 4 Brewing for a wide variety of local beers. 4 By 4 is known for their unique collabs with other local brands like Hurts Donuts, Lavender Falls Farm and Spring Branch Kombucha, producing an amazing blended beer with each. This brewery is churning out new flavors left and right, so if you don’t see something you like on their menu, just come back the next week!
Our pick: Take their O.G. Hefe for a test drive. It’s a very light and approachable brew and when blended with Spring Branch Lemon Hops Kombucha, it’s a real delight. Not a beer fan? Their Basic Batch hard seltzer comes in a variety of flavors, including orange mango and watermelon mint.
Located in the Quarry Town development in Galloway Village, Great Escape Beer Works is a great spot to relax after a dinner at neighboring restaurant The Rock. With two stories, you have plenty of room to spread out while sipping your beer alone, or you can bring the whole crew. Though they’re one of the youngest breweries in town, their beer list is just as strong as the old timers.
Our pick: Their Queen City Lager is an American lager with wide appeal that’s made for sipping all day—the challenge will be just sipping a beverage this tasty.
Enjoy your beer in a converted downtown fire station at Hold Fast Brewing. Sisters Susan and Carol worked together to bring Springfield’s first women-owned brewery to life in one of the most unique locations in town. Not only do they have an array of amazing craft beers, they also carry wines and ciders for those in your group who don’t drink beer.
Our pick: Get a pint of their Brewery Cream Dream for a creamy treat. Also, there’s no real cream or lactose so everyone can enjoy!
Head to Springfield’s most adored neighborhood, Rountree, for a drink at Tie & Timber. In addition to their 18 beers on tap, the brewery is also serving up an array of live entertainment every weekend. In fact, their live music is so good that they were voted the best place to hear local bands in Springfield in 2019. It’s a great place to bring a friend for some tunes and some ale.
Our pick: If you’ve ever wanted to drink a slice of pie, their Daily Slice Lemon Meringue Pie fruit beer is for you. It’s a dream come true for your sweet tooth.
You can’t talk about beer without talking about Springfield Brewing Company (Brew Co. to the locals). As one of the original breweries in town, they began downtown in 1997 after the Paul Mueller Company wanted to showcase their brewing tanks. Since the late 90s, they’ve been churning out one delicious beer after another. They also house a scratch kitchen with dishes like their famous buffalo chicken mac and cheese and Brewhouse Burger.
Our pick: You can’t go wrong with their Paul’s Pale Ale for a light, refreshing beer. Cider fans can rejoice in their on-tap cider selection, with a Farmhouse Cider that’s just as tasty as it sounds.
This brewery found its home on Springfield’s revitalized Commercial Street, dipping into a developing district and making itself the unofficial beer of C-Street. Another unique differentiator is its emphasis on European beers, including tripels, witbiers and pilsners. For one-of-a-kind tastes and international flavors, they’re a must-visit.
Our Pick: Go for their White Creek Wit, a Belgian witbier that’s sure to impress. You’ll love the spices!
After a night by the fire enjoying a beer, a great idea came to mind for the owners of Piney River—starting a brewery in the barn on their property. It didn’t take long to turn their barn in the small town of Bucyrus into a fully operational brewery. In 2011, they broke records by being the first microbrewery in Missouri to can beers right at their brewery. You can get these cans for yourself in a store, or you can head to their original BARn for a taste.
Our pick: Make sure to grab a few cans of their Cerveza Rio before you head out on the lake. A day on the water just isn’t as refreshing without it.
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