Finally, a brewery has opened at the Lake! Horseshoe Bend Brewing Co. is located at 96 Bittersweet Rd in Lake Ozark. One brewery could never sustain myself and my fellow beer drinkers through a weekend though, luckily we have Hyvee in town and we are usually thoughtful enough to bring some growlers and cans along.
Horseshoe Bend Brewing offered six brews on draft while I was there this past weekend. Their Hefeweisen, Howling Hef, was the most suggested and consumed by the other drinkers there, and by far the favorite of my group. It held up good to the style and was refreshing after hitting the outlet malls. The selection also had a couple of Blondes, an Imperial Stout, a Brown, and their most interesting – a Belgium Cherry, called Cherry Mashup. The brewery is in an old firehouse and has some great old pictures, a rocked beer garden, and two rooms for indoor drinking, one with loads of glass overlooking the brewing equipment. If you like to support local, try new beer, happen to be in that area or just love Hefeweisens– check it out. Their hours and other info is on their website: www.hbbrewco.com
Since we are still lugging down beer for our trips and there is a ban on glass at most places around the Lake of the Ozarks, thankfully getting Missouri brews in cans has never had so many options. O’Fallon, Schlafly, Morgan Street, and Piney River all offer some of their beer in cans, while Boulevard Brewing has some aluminum bottles.
There is also the option of growlers, Schlafly has come out with a stainless steel one even. Not only can you hit your favorite brewery to fill up before leaving town, depending on how you are willing to drive to the lake, there are several more places to stop including 2nd Shift Brewing in New Haven, Prison Brews in Jefferson City, and Flat Branch Pub and Brewing and Broadway Brewery in Columbia. Also, home brew by the pool can be enjoyed with newer options of 12 ounce aluminum cans for bottling offered through many homebrew catalogs.
If you are looking for more beer options, Wise Guy’s Brew Pub at 1377 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Lake of Ozarks may have caught your eye. However they are not a brew pub, but offer sandwiches and have about 30 beers in bottles including Schlafly, Sierra Nevada, and Mother’s Brewing. We did not stop in due to a festival of tents in their parking lot, but their sandwiches look amazing on their facebook page, putting Wise Guy’s on my list for next time I am vacationing there.
Most of all if you head to the Lake of the Ozarks this Memorial Day weekend, drink good beer and stay safe.
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