Springfield, MO

Springfield Brewing Co.’s Bull Creek Brown Ale wins a gold award at the Great American Beer Festival.
Springfield Brewing Co.’s Bull Creek Brown Ale wins a gold award at the Great American Beer Festival.

SBC takes home festival award as production rises

Posted online

As the company grows its production levels, Springfield Brewing Co. recently took home a gold award at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

SBC’s Bull Creek Brown Ale won the top award in the American-style brown ale category. At the Oct. 5-7 festival hosted by the Brewers Association, 296 winners were chosen among 7,923 entries from 2,217 breweries nationwide, according to a news release.

SBC’s new GABF medal is its 12th since the brewery opened in December 1997.

“For us to win, at our size, is a huge win for Springfield,” SBC Community Relations Coordinator Catherine Wellever told Springfield Business Journal this morning. “We’re still small compared to many other breweries in our playing field.”

SBC officials project to brew 3,000 barrels by the end of 2017. Last year, the company brewed roughly 2,300 barrels, Wellever estimated. With $1 million in expansions made in late 2015 and throughout 2016, the downtown brewery has the capacity to produce 5,000 barrels annually.

“That’s big growth for our production facility,” Wellever said. “We also crossed state lines for the first time.”

The brewery began distributing to Rogers, Bentonville, Fayetteville, Springdale and Eureka Springs, Arkansas, through distributor Premium Brands of Northwest Arkansas in April, Wellever said. Additionally, SBC spent approximately $8,000 to move into Columbia through N.H. Scheppers Distributing Co. in August.

Seven other GABF medals were awarded to Missouri breweries, according to the festival’s website, including Cinder Block Brewery LLC in Kansas City and Perennial Artisan Ales and Schlafly, both in St. Louis. No other southwest Missouri breweries were recognized.

Lost Signal Brewing Co. owner Tyler Hoke said he did not submit any entries for the competition. He said the company was not up and running when the entries were due.

“For me, the categories just don’t make much sense for what I brew,” Hoke said, adding he’s unsure if he’ll enter in the future.

Mother’s Brewing Co. owner Jeff Schrag said his company submitted several entries, though they did not receive any honors.

“But our friends at Springfield Brewing Co. continue to do a great job,” Schrag said. “I’m happy for them.”


No comments on this story |
Please log in to add your comment
Editors' Pick

Open for Business: Social

CB Social House changed its name to Social; Tri-Lakes Community Theatre merged with The Branson Arts Council Inc.; and Springfield Community Gardens expanded into the kitchen at Cox North.

Most Read
What is the top priority among these road projects in the city’s capital improvements program?

View results

SBJ Live logo
Seek Wisdom from Many

“My whole life goal is to change the world, one connection at a time,” says Keisha Mabry. Mabry, who is an author, speaker, and social entrepreneur, says she had a “quarter-life crisis” and …

DNA Uncovers Best Version of You A simple swab of the inside of your cheek can lead to optimizing your nutrition and fitness program, personal medication profile, in addition to your ancestry. According to Austin O’Reilly, owner …
Booked - Go Back to the Basics “You’ve gotta go back to the basics,” says Larry Peterson, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Springfield Missouri. Peterson says he gains leadership advice from General Ulysses S. …
App-titude - Due - A Simple To Do List Are your having trouble keeping track of everything on your to-do list? Due is an iOS app that helps you keep track of all your errands. “It essentially does just one thing — it keeps a due date …
Three Tips to Build Employee Buy In “First and foremost if you have any kind of idea that you want to bring forward, it has to be data driven,” says Kelly Lee, Business Program Manager on the Infrastructure Team at Facebook. Lee …