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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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Andrew M Sommer
Andrew M Sommer

If no ones ever been to scratch then you've never had a craft beer.

goingape
goingape

There is a lot of confusion about 2nd Shift.  The brewery itself is rarely open. You're better off watching their Facebook page for events like their festival in July. 2nd shift is in middle of a weird faux Western town built on part of Cedar Creek's property.  Across from 2nd Shift is a a restaurant bar called "The Town Hall."  It's a work in progress but it's really great with what they have so far.  They have from 4 - 6 of 2nd Shift's beers on tap at any given time, a selection of wines from around Missouri, great food, live bands on the weekends, and nice deck off the back.  The biggest detail left out of the article is CALL AHEAD NO MATTER WHAT.  Call Cedar Creek and make sure The Town Hall is open. They sometimes hold weddings or special events and everything is closed.  Having said that, you cannot call Cedar Creek and ask them if 2nd Shift is open.  They will tell you yes almost every time, and then you get there and they aren't open.  I'm not sure if they're confusing it with their own Town Hall, or if it's intentional to get you to drive out.

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urbanitestl
urbanitestl

@jennifray I just read that article and thought the same thing. Get in a nice hike, too. I'm in!

jennifray
jennifray

@urbanitestl Will probably have to make sleeping arrangements as well. Unless we Gus, Gus it, which would require a group. BEER BUS!

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