Whether you love wine or beer—or maybe a spirited cocktail—the Springfield region offers many craft breweries, wineries and microdistilleries that are open year-round for tours and tastings.
Located in the heart of downtown, our locally owned Mother’s Brewing Company is a popular magnet for craft beer lovers. In 2013, the Brewing Association named this local brewery the seventh fastest-growing in the nation. Stop in for a tour and sample its immensely popular line of heady craft beers in the Mother’s tasting room. And while you’re downtown, don’t miss the Springfield Brewing Company just a few blocks away. Originally built, owned and operated by a brewing equipment fabrication company, this bar and restaurant is a favorite destination for visitors and locals alike. In 2013, it received the silver medal for its Heart of Darkness Dunkel—its 10th medal from the Great American Beer Festival. Down the street, you’ll find handcrafted beers and slow-smoked BBQ at Lost Signal Brewing Company.
The best part? There’s more where that came from. Springfield is home to many local craft breweries nestled in Springfield neighborhoods. Find Tie & Timber Beer Co. in historic Rountree or check out 4 by 4 Brewing Company in the up-and-coming Galloway neighborhood, across from Sequiota Park.
In nearby Walnut Grove, Missouri, Piney River Brewing Company also offers its own varieties of award-winning craft brews. Be sure to try its Old Tom Porter, the recipient of the 2013 gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival.
If wine is more your taste, the Ozarks offers plenty of opportunities to add to your collection. Established in 1986, the Ozark Mountain American Viticultural Area (AVA) is the sixth-largest wine area in the United States, covering southern Missouri and parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas—totaling 3.5 million acres. Within this area is the Ozarks Mountain Wine Trail, a trail comprising 10 local wineries and distilleries. Branson is home to Lindwedel Winery and Ozark Hills Winery. Tucked away in nearby Walnut Shade, Bear Creek Winery boasts plenty of indoor and outdoor seating for live music shows every weekend. North of Springfield in Walnut Grove, the 7C’s Winery also serves meads, or wines made from honey. Whichever way you go, you’ll find incredible Missouri wines paired with breathtaking Ozarks scenery and hospitality.
For those who enjoy spirits, we have a handful of microdistilleries worth checking out. Copper Run Distillery is a small-batch artisan distillery that features a real Ozarks moonshine, whisky and rum made with all-local products. Their spirits are available in most local supermarkets and liquor stores. If you prefer to hit a tasting room and listen to live music, Bub’s Distillery is just a short drive east of Springfield in Rogersville. Try a margarita with Bub’s lemon moonshine or a Bloody Mary with peppercorn moonshine if you’re feeling really spicy! Springfield’s own Ty Iechyd Da (pronounced tea-yah-key-dah) also has a line of fine spirits featuring all of the usual suspects for your bar cart or liquor cabinet.