SPRINGFIELD — With a 7th brewery coming soon to Springfield, we examine the market that has taken off in recent years.
A booming industry in the Ozarks continues to grow.
The craft brewery business gains another member in Springfield.
Hold Fast Brewing will be opening soon at the old Springfield Fire Station #1.
It will be the 7th craft-brewed beer business in Springfield.
To get a feel for how the business has taken off, we spoke to a couple brewery operators who say that this niche is a perfect fit for the area.
It’s an industry that in Springfield currently has six different members. Springfield Brewing Company, Mother’s Brewing, White River Brewing, Lost Signal Brewing, 4×4, and most recently opened, Tie and Timber Beer Company.
Tie and Timber CEO Curtis Marshall says it made perfect sense to take part in what has become a mainstay industry of Springfield, when they opened in April of this year.
“Springfield is a thirsty town when it comes to craft beer. Their pallet is becoming increasingly more sophisticated and they have come to expect a high quality product,” says Marshall.
Marshall says it’s easy to see why Springfield is becoming a craft beer hub.
“I believe it’s simple – because the market is demanding it,” says Marshall.
That demand is pouring in.
Owner and Founder of Mother’s Brewing Jeff Schlag brewed the company’s first batch in 2011.
He says Springfield is following suit with the national trend.
“Probably the number one change is when I first started examining opening a craft brewery there were 1,500 operating breweries in the United States, and now there’s 9,000,” says Schrag.
In many industries you would think competition is viewed as a threat, but this niche is tight-knit.
Next year at the old Springfield Firehouse #1, Hold Fast Brewing hops into a market brimming with success, to become Springfield’s 7th active craft brewery.
“I think it’s the excitement and the acceptance, that more breweries add. For us, sales are up locally, so having more craft breweries has been good for our bottom line,” says Schrag.
Marshall says another brewery will likely benefit everyone involved in the industry.
“I think it’s making us all better, as long as we’re all making incredible beer which – so far, so good,” Marshall says.
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