I recently had a phone call with Springfield Brewing Company Director of Operations Todd Schade to ask about the brewery’s takeover of Missouri Spirits—but what I learned was that there’s a whole heck of a lot going on at Brew Co. to be excited about in addition to that. In fact, there are some seriously big things happening over on Market and Walnut.
First off: The Missouri Spirits news. You probably already know that Brew Co. purchased the local distillery early this year. But in addition to absorbing the company and adding a distiller’s license to the brewer’s, winer’s and wholesaler’s licenses they already had, Brew Co. is also combining both the businesses and their spaces, building a corridor between the two for employees to use and adding a new name to serve as an umbrella over all their endeavors and particularly over the distillery brand.
Buckle up, because this name is a tongue-twister: Ty Iechyd Da. The Welsh phrase roughly translates to “Good Health House,” a play on a Welsh toast to good health (the “ty” is pronounced like “tea”; check out this video if you want to hear how “iechyd da” is pronounced). “We want to promote this as a place for well wishes, life’s milestones and special events, old and new friends and appreciation for a job well done,” says Schade. “Anything we would toast about, even just ‘It’s Tuesday. Let’s celebrate!’”
The reason behind the name is two-fold. Part of the inspiration came from how the co-owners Christina and Neil Chanter met. Originally from England, Neil Chanter attended University of Wales, Cardiff, where he played on the school's rugby team. While he was with the team on a trip to Dublin, Ireland, he met his now-wife Christina, who was in the United Kingdom as part of a program between Missouri State University and Regent's College, London. Neil Chanter would ultimately move to the United States, and the couple took over ownership of Springfield Brewing Company in November of 2011.
The name is also something of a dedication to Chanter's stepfather. “When I was at university [in Cardiff] he would always say ‘you'll be speaking Welsh, soon. Iechyd da!’ It wasn't until years later that I found out what it meant.” Chanter says. “I would always say ‘good health’ as a toast [...] come to think of it I think that came from him, too.”