Up until about the second decade of this century, if you wanted craft beer in Springfield, Springfield Brewing Co. was your only option. Now, what once wasn’t is—there are 17 breweries across the Ozarks. With this in mind, we traversed all sorts of terrain to get to know the people behind these breweries and what they are doing to make each a destination. Locals have embraced the plethora of craft breweries with open arms—we can’t count the number of times brewers or owners have told us how surprised and overwhelmed they were by the reaction when they first opened. Two of these breweries, 4 By 4 Brewing Co. and Tie & Timber Brewing Co., have Denver roots, taking the neighborhood approach and applying it to Springfield, Missouri. All of southwest Missouri has fostered this sense of community in a short amount of time, proving that for all the supply entering the area, there is an equal amount of demand. We approached reporting this story with the same fervor, and what we found was an unbridled enthusiasm to bring the best quality craft beer and the experience to match.