June 28, 2018
Foodies at Taste of SoMo were buzzing about the Ozarks Tap and Pour Craft Beverage Tour. We are, too.
A prize awaits if you get 10 stamps and complete the tour. You can get four of those stamps right here in Downtown Springfield. What are you waiting for?
The Ozarks Tap and Pour Craft Beverage Tour is the brainchild of the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. It promotes the breweries, distilleries and wineries that dot southwest Missouri.
“The Ozarks Tap and Pour Craft Beverage Tour was created as a way to create awareness about the explosive growth of the craft beverage industry in the Ozarks over the last few years,” Sean Dixon, Marketing Director for the Springfield CVB said. “The 15 locations between Springfield and Branson featured in the tour provide visitors a diverse array of options and experiences each with unique flavors and culture. We’re proud to have a fantastic list of founding members and look forward to sharing their stories with the world.”
You can pick up your passport at any of the 15 participating locations. You can also grab them at the Route 66 Springfield Visitors Center, located at 815 E. St. Louis St. But passports are only available until supplies run out.
All you need to do is visit 10 locations and get your passport stamped. Return the passport to the Visitors Center, in person or via mail, and receive a free pint glass.
There are four Ozarks Tap and Pour Tour stops in Downtown Springfield. All four of them are members of the Downtown Springfield Association. They’re also located within walking distance of each other. How convenient!
Lost Signal is he newest brewery to hit Downtown. They focus on well handcrafted beers and some of the best BBQ in Springfield. Lost Signal is easy to find. Just look for the radio tower with the LED light display!
“The Tap & Pour program is a great way for us to help educate the average consumer,” Tyler Hoke, owner of Lost Signal, said. “So we will be using this opportunity to really learn what the guest likes and doesn’t like and try to introduce them to styles they might not be familiar with or haven’t had a good local option before. The social interaction is key for this program to be successful and we are going to try to keep our patrons informed.”
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Missouri Spirits is Springfield’s first and only spirit house. They say they pour some of what they call home into each batch. That means Midwest-grown ingredients and locally-made barrels.
“Come to Missouri Spirits where you’ll find a spacious, welcoming and relaxed tasting room,” owner Scott Shotts said. “Try one of our original cocktails using house made ingredients or a classic cocktail featuring our in-house distilled line of spirits. Either way there is a little something for everyone at Missouri Spirits.”
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 5 p.m.-12 a.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.-12 a.m.
There’s a good reason their logo has a heart in it. As they say, “Mother’s Brewing Company brews beer the only way we know how: with a mother’s love.” The city’s second-oldest brewery opened its doors in 2011. Their brewery is inside a former Butternut bread bakery on the west end of Downtown.
“Welcome to Mother’s Backyard, where fun and games are complimentary with every glass of locally brewed craft beer,” Jeff Schrag, Mother’s founder and owner, said. “Our tasting room is your opportunity to get to know your Mother’s one-on-one. Our spacious backyard means you can bring the whole family. Twenty-one taps feature special tasting room exclusive beers as well as our year-round favorites. Pick up a six pack or growler to go when you are on the move. Or grab that brewery-only bomber you can’t get anywhere else. No matter your taste, Mother’s has a beer with your name on it. So join us at the source and see where bold flavors and experimental brews first gained wide appeal the Ozarks.”
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 4-8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 1-9 p.m.; Sunday, 2-5 p.m.
Springfield Brewing Company has been a staple of the downtown community for more than 20 years. Their brews are drinkable and award-winning. In 2018, their Mayhem Märzen won a silver medal at the World Beer Cup. Springfield Brewing Company also serves a full menu of one-of-a-kind dishes.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 am.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Four other Tap and Pour Tour locations are in Springfield. Two of them are less than two miles from Downtown Springfield.
To find the other Tap and Pour Tour Stops, head south.
Check out the terms and conditions in your passport booklet. The tour is intended only for responsible adults of legal drinking age in the United States of America. Please drink responsibly. Never drink and drive.