Craft Breweries Booming in Columbia, U.S.

3 years 9 months 1 day ago Wednesday, December 17 2014 Dec 17, 2014 Wednesday, December 17, 2014 5:27:00 PM CST December 17, 2014 in News
By: Jeremy Schrank, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Some beer drinkers are continuing to change their preferences, going from beers like Coors Light to homegrown beers like those brewed at Flat Branch Pub and Brewing. 

According to Beer Marketer's Insights, over the past five years Budweiser has seen a 28 percent decrease in domestic sales. That includes the most popular beer in America, Bud Light, whose sales have declined by 10 percent during that same time. 

The craft beer scene is rising, especially in Columbia.

"From the emergence of Logboat Brewery to Broadway Brewery to Rock Bridge and Bur Oak, I mean we're really seeing a craft beer renaissance just here in Columbia," Owner of Craft Beer Cellar Jonathan Steffens said. 

Including Flat Branch and the newly-opened Craft Beer Cellar, there are six ways to find local, craft beer in Columbia. 

"It's a nice problem to have for one," Columbia Beer Enthusiast club member Jade Elwess said. "Just too many choices."

It's not just Columbia noticing this trend, though; craft breweries are popping up all across America.  

As of 2013 there were more breweries in the U.S. than there had been since the 1870's, and in just the last six years, the number of microbreweries in the U.S. has almost tripled. 

Courtesy: Brewers Association

"We're now seeing cities actively bid to get breweries into their markets to brew in them because they are bringing a lot of local jobs and a lot of local tourism," Steffens said. 

With all of the different places to buy craft beer, it would seem like a struggle to get people in the door, but Logboat CEO Tyson Hunt said all the distributors work together.

"It's certainly one of the most unique things about this industry," he said. "Just kind of the camaraderie, the working together. That aspect of hey, if we all work together we might be able to convert drinkers of domestic, light lager to craft beer."  

Elwess said she has noticed the same thing. 

"I think it's a way for businesses to support each other and really work together," she said. "I see it as more working together than it being a competition."

The idea of working together seems to be working quite well. 

"The hardest thing for Logboat has been keeping up with demand and managing growth," Hunt said. 

But that hasn't stopped him from thinking more breweries are on their way to Columbia. 

"I think we're just scratching the surface of what we're going to see in this town and Missouri in general," he said. "This state is booming with craft beer, and so I think that each new brewery that comes on line, whether it's a brewery or a retailer that's selling craft beer, I think the options are going to keep expanding."

Courtesy: Brewers Association

The Craft Beer Cellar opened December 18 as a retail store selling solely craft beer.

There are around 50 craft breweries in Missouri.  

More News

Grid
List
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Jeff Jones is living just a quarter of a mile away from a future Controlled Animal Feeding... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 8:26:00 PM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Assistant City Counselor Jose Caldera announced the city and Bird are talking about short-term rules regulating the rental... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 7:25:00 PM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri Task Force One continues rescuing people, checking on others and sheltering those in need in the wake... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 6:48:00 PM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - After volunteering at a detention center for women and children seeking asylum in the U.S., one Jefferson City... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 5:20:00 PM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A teenager pleaded guilty Monday in connection with a deadly 2016 shooting on Claudell Lane. Navarro Scott,... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 3:35:11 PM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
SUNRISE BEACH - Fire Chief Dennis Reilly announced his resignation due to harassment from a board member. Reilly said... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 3:23:00 PM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - City employees are getting a raise in this year's budget, but some say it's not enough for line... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 3:13:00 PM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A lawn care app launched in Columbia to connect consumers with people who want to make extra money... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 2:16:00 PM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Police Department is set to receive nine brand new police vehicles in the next... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 1:56:00 PM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
MACON - Deputies are investigating after a member of the Missouri National Guard was shot at a training site near... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 1:40:00 PM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
(CNN Money) -- Facebook's ad targeting system is being used by some employers to unlawfully discriminate based on gender, a... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 11:06:05 AM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
NEOSHO (AP) — A southwest Missouri man has pleaded guilty to shooting at a sheriff's deputy during a chase. ... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 10:41:00 AM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A woman has been arrested on suspicion of abuse or neglect of a 4-year-old child. Police arrested... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 10:11:00 AM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A more than 25-year-old park shelter and playground could say goodbye soon. The replacement of those two... More >>
14 hours ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 7:52:00 AM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Council approved the 2019 fiscal year budget Monday for $32,807,390.05. Mayor Carrie Tergin... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 10:13:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
FULTON - The Fulton Police Department arrested five people Monday for stealing from a Hibbett Sports store in Fulton. ... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 9:49:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the declassification of various documents and text messages related to the Russia... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 5:46:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 5:40:19 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 73°
11pm 74°
12am 75°
1am 74°
2am 73°