Craft Breweries Booming in Columbia, U.S.

4 years 6 months 3 weeks 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
COLUMBIA — A drug bust by Moniteau County deputies ended with one suspect in the hospital on suspicion of a... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, July 15 2019 Jul 15, 2019 Monday, July 15, 2019 9:32:00 PM CDT July 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Maries County deputies arrested Cheryl “Lynn” Fales and Charles R. Fales, of St James for two counts of... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, July 15 2019 Jul 15, 2019 Monday, July 15, 2019 8:07:00 PM CDT July 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — The City of Columbia Water & Light will be holding a public meeting Wednesday from 6 to 7:30... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, July 15 2019 Jul 15, 2019 Monday, July 15, 2019 6:32:00 PM CDT July 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The first major heat wave of the summer is approaching Missouri and the Midwest. Starting Wednesday and continuing... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, July 15 2019 Jul 15, 2019 Monday, July 15, 2019 4:56:00 PM CDT July 15, 2019 in Weather
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former U.S. Senate candidate Jason Kander is starting a job at a nonprofit for veterans.... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, July 15 2019 Jul 15, 2019 Monday, July 15, 2019 4:04:00 PM CDT July 15, 2019 in News
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An investigation shows that a Missouri truck driver accused of causing a vehicle crash that claimed the... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, July 15 2019 Jul 15, 2019 Monday, July 15, 2019 12:42:00 PM CDT July 15, 2019 in News
COLUMIBA - Gas prices jumped up thirty cents overnight on Thursday. Director of Marketing and Communications of GasBuddy Allison... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, July 15 2019 Jul 15, 2019 Monday, July 15, 2019 10:26:00 AM CDT July 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Mayor Brian Treece officially announced John Glascock as Columbia's official City Manager. The announcement happened at 11... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, July 15 2019 Jul 15, 2019 Monday, July 15, 2019 6:47:00 AM CDT July 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — The Camden County Sheriff's department has confirmed federal aviation officials will investigate a skydiving accident that injured one... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 14 2019 Jul 14, 2019 Sunday, July 14, 2019 8:01:00 PM CDT July 14, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA — Five were injured after a boat explosion Saturday afternoon at the fueling dock of Kings River Marina. ... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 14 2019 Jul 14, 2019 Sunday, July 14, 2019 7:23:00 PM CDT July 14, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri River at Jefferson City is now back below minor flood stage as of Saturday afternoon,... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 14 2019 Jul 14, 2019 Sunday, July 14, 2019 7:01:00 PM CDT July 14, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA — A major theft from an agricultural store in Pike County Missouri was thwarted by Ralls County Sheriff's Office... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 14 2019 Jul 14, 2019 Sunday, July 14, 2019 6:57:00 PM CDT July 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Drivers who use the I-70 bridge over the Missouri River near Rocheport will have three opportunities to ask... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 14 2019 Jul 14, 2019 Sunday, July 14, 2019 6:33:00 PM CDT July 14, 2019 in News
(CNN) -- Power was fully restored in New York early Sunday after an outage left parts of the city in... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 14 2019 Jul 14, 2019 Sunday, July 14, 2019 10:00:00 AM CDT July 14, 2019 in News
LOUISIANA (AP) - Hurricane Barry could affect the environment of the Gulf coast and Lower Mississippi Valley in numerous ways,... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 14 2019 Jul 14, 2019 Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:41:00 AM CDT July 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Deputies from the Gasconade County Sheriff's Office citizens can now rest easy after an investigation into a vehicle... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, July 13 2019 Jul 13, 2019 Saturday, July 13, 2019 5:50:00 PM CDT July 13, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Orr Street Studio hosted it's Second Saturday for Kids event Saturday afternoon. Organizers said the goal... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, July 13 2019 Jul 13, 2019 Saturday, July 13, 2019 2:14:00 PM CDT July 13, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Community leaders and project sponsors cut the ribbon off the MU Health Care Pavilion at Columbia's Agriculture Park... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, July 13 2019 Jul 13, 2019 Saturday, July 13, 2019 10:53:00 AM CDT July 13, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 73°
4am 72°
5am 72°
6am 72°
7am 73°