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11th annual BrewFest on Saturday to bring back old favorites, welcome new


BrewFest 2024 will showcase flavors provided by 19 purveyors of foods and beverages, including favorites old and new, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the arena and exhibit hall at the West Plains Civic Center. Doors will open promptly at 5:30.

Tasting glasses, sponsored by Southern Bank, will be available to the first 700 patrons. All attendees will be eligible for door prize giveaway items supplied by the vendors, which will include T-shirts, glasses, growlers and gift certificates.

Attendees will have the opportunity to sample craft beers, specialty drinks, coffees and special food offerings organizers said.

Confirmed to be offering samples to drink are Great Rivers Distributing, whose samples will include Kansas City Bier Co., Arizona Hard Tea, Hoop Hard Tea, Nasty Beast Hard Tea, Log Boat Brewing and Anheuser Busch, and Grellner Sales & Service, whose samples will include Yuengling Brewing, Sam Adams, Smirnoff, MillerCoors, White Claw and Shiner Bock. Craft breweries confirmed are Kansas City Bier Co. of Kansas City, Mother’s Brewing of Springfield, Piney River Brewery of Bucyrus, Rapp’s Barrett Brewing of Mtn. Home, Ark., Springfield Brewing of Springfield and West Plains’ own Wages Brewing Company. Peace Valley Brewhouse will offer samples of home-brewed beer, and Pepsi has provided soft drinks and bottled water.

Food samples will be provided by Bootleggers BBQ of Alton, and Colton’s Steak House & Grill, Jo Coffee Co., KC’s Sports Bistro, Pizza Shack, Ruby Tuesday, Señor Valentin and The Grizzly Bite at the Grizzly Lofts, all of West Plains.

Local painter Garrett Melby will do a live painting during BrewFest, with the finished product to be auctioned after completion.

BrewFest T-shirts, printed by Ink Monkey onsite, will be available, along with BrewFest themed jewelry provided by Links by Leyla. Explore West Plains will feature Eclipse 2024 information and merchandise. Alex Eggert and Alyssa King from West Plains Music will provide deejay services and emcee the event.

Proceeds from the 11th annual BrewFest will benefit the West Plains Council on the Arts’ efforts to promote arts organizations in the West Plains area, as well as fund the Gatewood Family Fine Arts Scholarship. The event is sponsored by the West Plains Council on the Arts, Brewer’s Ice Co., Great Rivers Distributing, Grellner Sales & Service, Southern Bank and the West Plains Daily Quill.

Admission is $30 per person in advance and $40 at the door. All attendees must be 21 and older and have a valid photo ID. Advanced tickets are available and may be purchased through Ticketmaster online. Credit card phone-in orders, with no added fee, can be made through the civic center box office at 417-256-8087. In-person ticket purchases can be made at Wages Brewing on Bill Virdon Blvd., Eat Fit and Ozark Nutrition on Eighth Street, or the West Plains Civic Center box office, 110 St. Louis St.

More information about the West Plains BrewFest can be found at www.westplainsarts.org, or at the event’s Facebook page @WestPlainsBrewfest. Email inquiries may be sent to wpartscouncil1@gmail.com.