Many of us homebrewers see ourselves at an existing brewery or opening a new one. Here's an opportunity to see how breweries think regarding beer, community, and helping out homebrewers to increase their skills.
Brewery Name: Mother's Brewing Company
Brewery Established: 2011
Everything starts from somewhere, someone. Tell us about the company. How it came to be.
- Who founded the brewery?
Jeff Schrag is the founder and Chief Carouser.
- Why start now?
Well for starters, we all love beer and it seems like a good idea. Craft beer continues to grow and we feel that we are hitting at the right time in the right place.
- Where are you located?
Downtown Springfield, MO.
About the Beer
Okay, okay, enough with the generics. Let’s get to specifics. Specifically, let’s get to the beer.
- What styles are we going to enjoy from this brewery?
Most of our beers – though not all – are kind of stylistic mash ups. We look for harmony, balance and complexity in our beers. I wouldn't say that we are combining styles, but many of our beers were inspired and influenced by multiple beer styles to ensure the exact flavors that we are after.
We will roll out with three beers:
– Our American Blonde, Towhead, was inspired by Midwest wheats and German kolsch beer. It's a damn fine beer that begs you to drink a lot of them.
– Our brown beer, Three Blind Mice, came from our love of English browns, German alts and Irish reds. It's got a ton of flavor and a lot going on, but it's also very drinkable.
– Our IPA, Lil' Helper, is on the big side of IPA's and is packed full of citrusy goodness with a nice malt backbone. It's an IPA for those people that want a lil' more out of their IPA's.
We will also roll out a summer seasonal in May. We're keeping the details on that one tight lipped right now. All I can say is that it's not a traditional summer beer.
- What, if any, do you plan to bring unique to the beer community?
We're still planning the details on some of our specialty beers, but we do have a few ideas in the works for some very unique offerings. We recently purchased 4 aging tanks which gives us the ability to do some really fun things.
- Where can we enjoy the product of your labor?
As of right now, we're still working to open the doors to the public. We plan to open this spring and roll out draft only for about 45 days. During that time, you will be able to find our beers in many great bars and restaurants throughout Southwest Missouri. After that time, we will roll out 6 packs of our every day and seasonal beers and 4 packs of our specialty beers. They will also be available throughout Southwest Missouri.
For the Community
The wonderful thing about local business is that it’s good for the community. It’s even better when the business gives back.
- What can the local community look forward to as a result of the brewery?
We love Springfield, MO – the home of Mother's – and we hope and plan to become a major part of the city. We're kicking off a big ass party in our Backyard to welcome everyone to the brewery on May 14th. We will have live local music, local food, local art and of course, local beer! We can't wait to celebrate with the great people of Springfield.
We have already created 6 full time jobs and we plan to have a total of 10 when we open. Our brew house was built right here in Springfield as well as several of our tanks. Local workers did our entire building rehab. Whenever possible, we try to support everything local. As we grow, we will support the city in any way we can. From supporting local charities, to volunteering our time, to hosting events at the brewery, we truly plan to give back and support Springfield to the fullest of our abilities.
For the Homebrewer
- Any homebrewer has aspirations to be where you are. What would you like to tell them?
The truth is that it's not easy. While I think the love of craft beer – creating it, talking about it, and drinking it is critical – it's also a very capital intensive business. I would encourage someone who is interested in starting a brewery to do a lot of research before jumping in – find out what type of building you need, what size tanks, how many people do you need, what type of permit do you need, what will make your brewery stand out in the sea of craft beer? There is a lot to think about. If you take your time, do your research and find that you have the balls to go for it, do it and don't ever forget why you got into the business – the love and passion for creating great beer.
Thanks so much for talking with us! Springfield has gone a long time with limited local options. It's great to see the community growing in the MidWest!