8 Craft Brewery Destinations Worth a Mini Road Trip

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Kyle Butusov, assistant brewer at Flat Branch Brewing. | L.G. Patterson

Destination: Columbia

Flat Branch Pub & Brewing: It wouldn't be out of the question to do a brewery crawl in downtown Columbia (with DD behind the wheel, of course) — the city is home to three breweries located within minutes of each other. Flat Branch Pub & Brewing (115 South Fifth Street, Columbia; 573-499-0400 or www.flatbranch.com) opened in 1994, making it older than many St. Louis breweries. In addition to beers such "Oil Change Oatmeal Stout," "Katy Trail Pale Ale" and "Green Chili Beer," it also has an excellent restaurant to help lay a base beforehand.

Broadway Brewery: Located just around the corner from Flat Branch is Broadway Brewery (816 East Broadway, Columbia; 573-443-5054 or www.broadwaybrewery.com). Be sure to check out its black IPA and "Wee Heavy." It also has a restaurant, which showcases meats and produce sourced from organic and local farmers.

Logboat Brewing: From Broadway Brewery, meander the few blocks to Logboat Brewing (504 Fay Street, Columbia; 573-397-6786 or www.logboatbrewing.com), the newest of the trio. Even though it just opened in April, Logboat Brewing has already made waves: It was well-received at 4 Hands Brewing Co.'s Lupulin Carnival and Microfest 2014, where it offered beers such as the "Snapper" American IPA and "Mamoot" English mild ale. There's also croquet and bocce ball in the yard — perfect for whiling away a lazy weekend afternoon.

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