With Oktoberfest season underway and fall brews hitting the taps, there is an incredible amount of beer-centric news this week!
First up: At Mother’s Brewing Co., the multi-week Oktoberfest in the Ozarks continues on September 24 with tons of German-adjacent fun. There’s a beer choir sing-a-long, schuhplattler dance lessons, a yodeling contest, bocce ball, plenty of beer—and even a bounce house for the little ones. Admission is free to this family-friendly event, and there will be food trucks on hand for some good eats too.
Great Escape Beerworks is hosting Oktoberfest Getdown on September 24 as well. They’ll be serving six German beers on tap, and Slingin’ Sausage food truck will be… well… slinging some gourmet sausage. Feed your competitive side too with a stein-holding contest at 1 p.m. and a costume contest at 2 p.m., then stick around for the live music that starts at 6 p.m.
It’s a few weeks out, but mark your calendar for the Oktoberfest Celebration on October 8 in Ozark’s town square. This first-ever event features live music, tastings from 11 local breweries, vendor booths, a kids' play area and a corn hole tournament. If you’re a runner, be sure to also register for the Oktoberfest 5K and Beer Run.
That’s not the only beery race happening, though. On September 24 you can take part in Springfield Brewing Co.’s 25 Years of Beers Beer Mile. To complete the race, you’ll guzzle one can of beer before each of the four laps around the Springfield Brewing Co. building. Register in advance for $15 entry, or register day-of for $20.
Joining the beer-centric fun this month is Best of Luck Beer Hall, who’s honoring Hunger Action Month in September by donating $1 to Ozarks Food Harvest for every 4 By 4 Brewing Company beer sold. Helping fight hunger in the Ozarks is a great way to do something good while we’re sipping a local brew, right? There are some stellar eats on the menu at Best of Luck Beer Hall too, so be sure to make a whole meal of it!
And last but not least, Hollister-based Seven Arrows Taproom has opened a second location at the Branson Landing in a completely remodeled space that features a beautiful mural by Art by Andrea. The space has 32 local taps for craft beer and also serves local wine, appetizers, wine slushies, local bourbon and more!
Whew! That’s a lot of beer news, right? We had planned to share a round-up of local fall brews this week too, but we’ll hold off on that to let you catch your breath. Stay tuned for more beery goodness next week!