West Plains Brewfest



WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Everyone is invited to sample locally available craft beers and specially prepared foods to help a worthy cause at the 5th Annual West Plains BrewFest, set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in the Arena and Exhibit Hall at the West Plains Civic Center.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the West Plains Council on the Arts’ efforts to promote arts in the West Plains area, as well as fund the Gatewood Family Fine Arts Scholarship, which will be awarded to an area graduating high school senior planning to major in fine arts. The event is being sponsored by the West Plains Council on the Arts and Great Rivers Distributing of West Plains; Grellner Sales & Service of Rolla; and by Piney River Brewing of Bucyrus.

Attendees will have the opportunity to sample craft beers from a wide range of breweries, organizers said. Participating craft breweries include Boulevard Brewing of Kansas City, Mother’s Brewing and Springfield Brewing of Springfield, O’Fallon Brewing of O’Fallon, Piney River Brewery of Bucyrus, Public House Brewing of Rolla, Rock Bridge Brewing of Columbia, Urban Chestnut Brewing of St. Louis, and Wages Brewing of West Plains. Missouri State Winery will have specially selected products from their winery.

In addition to the craft beers and wines, attendees will enjoy a variety of locally prepared samples from many area restaurants, including Auntie Anne's, Bootleggers BBQ, Colton’s Steakhouse & Grill, Grumps Grub, Heroes Coffee Café, Johnny’s BBQ, Ozark Pizza Co., Ropers Saloon & Grill/Wild Vine Beverage Shop, Savor Grill & BBQ, Skillets Family Café, Sole Café at the Grizzly Lofts, and Spring Dipper of West Plains. 

New to this year’s event will be an AHA sanctioned homebrew competition prior to BrewFest. Several of the homebrewers will also be sampling their products during the event as well. For information on the competition, contact Autumn and Josh Shirley at 417-293-5175. Andy Pearsall of Show-Me Brewing will be on hand with homebrew equipment, and will be available for discussion about methods and materials.

The first 500 people through the doors will receive a souvenir tasting glass. Admission is $25 per person in advance and $35 at the door. All attendees must be over 21 and have a valid photo ID. Advanced tickets will be available February 1, and can be purchased in West Plains at Colton’s Steakhouse, from the West Plains Civic Center box office, Wages BrewCo, or Mulligan’s Package Store. In Bucyrus, tickets are available at Piney River Brewery.

More information about the West Plains BrewFest can be found at http://www.westplainsarts.org/VisitMo.comBeerAdvocate.com, or at the event’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WestPlainsBrewfest E-mail inquiries may be sent to Terri Combs at terricomb@gmail.com or by phone at 417-505-0812.

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