Although the indoor taproom is expansive, Mother’s most prominent feature is its acre-and-a-half lawn, a massive backyard that lends itself to just about any activity you can imagine. In warm-weather months, that means it’s usually packed, as adults gather to chat and catch up while their kids run and play. It also means whiffle ball leagues, movie nights and two massive yearly festivals. Mother’s Day arrives on the Saturday after the actual holiday, a music-oriented festival celebrating the anniversary of the brewery’s opening in 2011. Oktoberfest, a September festival centered around beer, is a highlight of the fall calendar.
The brewery is well aware of its standing in the community. Beer releases, festivals, taproom exclusives—they’re all events. Cobra Scare, one of the brewery’s most popular releases, is Springfield-only, and it arrives every year to great fanfare. “As long as you continue to make good beer, people will find you,” Soper says.