The Springfield Brewing Company in downtown Springfield, MO - (which has the smallest and most underwhelming downtown area for a city the size of Springfield - about 150,000 people) is one of the more unique brew pubs in existence today.
First of all, the brew pub was built in the mid-90's as a research and development wing of the Paul Mueller Company, one of the largest manufacturers of stainless steel food and beverage equipment in the world. With the upsurge in micro-breweries, the Paul Mueller Company developed a number of tanks, mills and mashers to sell to micro-breweries. They use the Springfield Brewing Company as a state-of-the-art showcase to demonstrate Mueller's equipment.
The brewpub is housed in an old warehouse that was completely remodeled specifically for the Springfield Brewing Company (see map for location). It has a huge bar and a spacious dining area. Actually, it's one of the nicer brew pubs that I've ever been in.
Springfield Brewing Company's beers are named for Mueller and are ably brewed by master brewer Ashton Lewis. The Mueller beers have won a handful of medals in the Great American Brew Festival held annually in Denver. The Mueller beers are available in bottles as far away as Kansas City and St. Louis.
I like their Pale Ale - a hoppy and spirited beer with a good clean finish. Their Lager is also very good - it has a rich and toasty taste to it. And their Oktoberfest fall seasonal beer is now available.
The food at Springfield Brewing Company is also very good. I've eaten there three times now. I was in Springfield recently and took one of my dealers out to lunch. The menu is varied from standard bar food favorites such as burgers and appetizers; to a good number of upscale entrees such as steaks, pastas, and chicken dishes.
I'd been on the road a lot lately and I needed some comfort food. So I went with their Redbird Pie - a knock-off on the old Irish Shepard's Pie with seasoned beef, onions, potatoes, corn, green beans and gravy. My dealer ordered the fish and chips, or as he explained to me, "I don't know why, but fish and chips just sounded good."
Well, my Redbird Pie was very good. A "spot hitter" to the nth degree. Coupled with a Mueller Pale Ale it was a great lunch. My dealer went with the Oktoberfest and he said it was very good - a little stout paired with the fish - but he said it was still good. It looked like his fish was over-cooked, but he said that the batter was very good and the fish was cooked perfectly.
Springfield Brewing Company is a wonderful place to go for food, beer and relaxation. The beer is above average as is the food. The atmosphere and surroundings are very comfortable. If you're ever in Springfield - which really is a nice city - I'd highly recommend the Springfield Brewing Company.