Craft Beer Craze: What’s Brewing in 417-land
Our region is home to some terrific brewing-scene stalwarts. But within the last year, those established favorites have been joined by a new generation of craft-beer hot spots. Meet 417-land’s newest brew crews.
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What was once KICK radio station is now Lost Signal Brewing, one of 417-land’s most recent microbreweries.
1502 S. Third St., Ozark; 417-581-0782
After years of brewing beer at home, enthusiast Jerad Lachner and his wife, Angela, set out to open their own microbrewery and taproom, which they did in May 2016. Since then, Back Home Brewing Co., which also has a full bar, has become a gathering place that hosts live music, karaoke, trivia nights and more. Behind the reclaimed oak bar are eight taps, some of which are occupied by Lachner’s brews, such as Fancy Water, a light, hoppy blonde ale. Lachner is working on expanding the number of house brews filling those taps to include varieties such as Jessica’s Brew, a cider, and others.
18146 Campground Road, Phillipsburg; 417-533-2306
Recognizing that the Lebanon area lacked a brewery, Bart Guyer and Dale Korn decided to fill that void. The duo founded Boat Town Brewing in 2016 and has been crafting the bold, flavorful beers they love to drink ever since. Three year-round brews—a Vienna-style lager, an East Coast–style Indian pale ale and an easy-drinking hefeweizen—are usually always available in the welcoming taproom, which also boasts an outdoor area with picnic benches, yard games and a fire pit. Guyer and Korn also serve rotating small-batch beers like barrel-aged brews. Unsure what to try? Order the tasting flight with four samples served on a hefty wood slab.
610 W. College St., Springfield; 417-869-4755
Situated in the building that once housed the KICK radio station, this new brewery opened its doors in early 2017. Owner Tyler Hoke, who studied brewing at the noted Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago, stocks the taps with a rotating selection of drinkable, small-batch beers that are approachable for craft beer newbies and fanatics alike, such as the Smoked Pecan Porter made with Missouri-grown pecans that are smoked in-house. Lost Signal is a family affair: Hoke’s father and local barbecue heavyweight, Jack, helped formulate recipes for the smoked meats served at the brewpub alongside other goodies like poutine and street tacos.
1382 Bill Virdon Blvd., West Plains; 417-293-3119
The first and only craft brewery in West Plains, Wages Brew Co., which celebrated the grand opening of its taproom in January, specializes in experimental beers using atypical ingredients. “Anything that might make a good beer or flavor experience is what we are after,” says Phil Wages, who co-founded the brewery with his wife, Amber. That has included creations made with local persimmons, dandelion, tarragon and more. Inventive offerings change often, but three selections are usually on tap: the creamy Whatknot Ale, Good Mornin’ Oatmeal Breakfast Stout and Landlocked IPA, a bestseller that’s less bitter than a typical IPA.