Rebecca Landesman
May 2020

Microbreweries have been popping up in Missouri since the late 1980s, and the state now has more than 100 (and counting) successful craft breweries. Check out some of these picks for places to get a brew, from taproom IPAs in Springfield to lagers at a lakeside alehouse in Branson.

Mother’s Brewing Company 

Grab a pint of year-round Lil’ Helper or a special seasonal release and sip at your leisure among the greenery in the Mother’s backyard or the taproom. Enjoy a drink while you wait for the free Saturday brewery tour to start — a one-hour tour through the factory and a guided tasting of four beers.


Springfield Brewing Company

Springfield Brewing Company has been pouring English, German, and American-style ales and lagers for more than 20 years. This Historic Downtown staple pairs craft beer with great food to create the ultimate brewpub experience. If you see the iconic grain silo out front, you’re in the right place.


Crazy Craig’s Cheeky Monkey Bar

The name says it all. This eccentric Branson establishment has got you covered on drinks, bar eats, live music, and the dance floor. The cocktail menu is full of beverages with monkey monikers like the cheeky Grape Ape and the knockout Monkey Punch. Crazy Craig’s is a fun spot for going bananas. 


Lost Signal Brewing Company 

The radio tower at the west end of the Brewery District is for broadcasting and for brews. Lost Signal specializes in small-batch beers so it’s always switching up the selection on tap. It also serves some mean barbecue, smoked in-house. Kids and dogs are welcome, even encouraged.


The Paddlewheel Pub

Have a craft beer and watch the sunset at Branson’s Paddlewheel Pub. The main feature is a floating patio offering an unparalleled view of Lake Taneycomo. Order a pint, snag a seat on the patio, and watch the Branson Landing Fountain show — a synchronized fire, water, light, and music display.


The Patton Alley Pub

The Patton Alley Pub is a classic, laid-back locale with an expansive beer list and solid bar food. The pub hosts competitive weekly trivia nights, perfect when paired with a craft brew and a side of wings. There’s also weekly live music from local bands and all-day games on Sundays that’s allegedly the longest-running trivia night in Springfield.


Galloway Grill

Located next to the Galloway Creek Greenway Trail, this casual Springfield burger and beer joint is a great place to enjoy a chilled beer on a spacious patio. Pair a happy hour beer with one of the loaded burgers and enjoy people-watching outdoors. The proximity to the trail makes Galloway Grill the perfect destination to bike to, with a satisfying ice-cold prize at the end.

4211 S. Lone Pine Ave., Springfield, MO;

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