We’re pretty DIY here at Buzz Bomb and we’ve been doing a lot of work ourselves….aside from brewing and working on the taproom did you know that we build our own furniture? How about a sneak peek of our new copper-top bar and a few new tables!
Aww yeah, it’s almost time for summer festivals and we plan to be at several! That’s right, you don’t have to wait until this fall to get your hands on some Buzz Bomb brews because we’ll be out and about and serving beer. FINALLY!
We’ll publish info here (check our events page) and on our social media as we get details for all the festivals, but first up is the Chamber of Commerce 1st Annual ‘Shoes & Brews festival. We are very proud to be a beer sponsor along with our good friends and Hand of Fate Brewing Co.
The Chamber’s 1st Annual ‘Shoes & Brews event is coming in July and this is an event you don’t want to miss! ‘Shoes & Brews will feature some of Springfield’s top horseshoes, wineries and breweries among other great varieties of local food, beverages, live music and conversation!
The event will be held at Erin’s Pavilion on Thursday, July 20th starting at 5:00 p.m. and everyone is invited to attend, but you must be at least 21 years of age. ‘Shoes & Brews is an opportunity to relax and enjoy an evening of catching up with friends and colleagues.
Ultimate summer music festival and beer tasting adventure in Northeast Missouri. A wide variety of musical genres will be represented with many original singer songwriters as well as tributes to some of the greats. Vintage VW gathering and exhibit, more than 35 vendors offering unique shopping experiences, camping, food, and much more. All entertainment is family friendly and kids 12 and under are free.
Beginning this Saturday, May 20, Buzz Bomb Brewing Co will have a tent at the Old Capitol Farmers Market in downtown Springfield! We are sharing space with Driftwood cocktail & eatery and will have all sorts of goodies for sale. To begin with, we’ll be offering
Come see us Saturday and check out the awesome food and merch! Stay tuned for some festival announcements coming up soon too 😉
We’ve got a lot of beer almost ready, mostly new recipes we’re testing out…watch for new entries to be added to the beer page soon!
Currently we’ve got
Next up are summer brews and tasting parties!
Here’s a sneak peek into our kegging from yesterday, trying out our new Sanke kegs and fillers
So, what are unitanks you ask? Well, they are cylindroconical fermenters. What, that still doesn’t answer your question? Basically they are a fermenter and a brite tank in one, the entire fermentation and conditioning process can occur in one vessel, hence the “uni”. Sweet!
Now I guess you’re wondering what the brite tank is for, brite tanks are for conditioning beer after fermentation…but wait you say, don’t your unitanks do the same thing? Why yes, but that brite tank is our designated tax determination tank. Ah…now it comes together.
We’ve been busy down at the brewery but even busier shopping! First we had a big delivery of kegs, can’t wait to fill those!
Next, we took a trip up to Chicago and picked up some special furniture for the second floor “library”, vintage whiskey barrel chairs and table
Finally, more equipment for our pilot batch system came in, a fourth fermenter, new brite tank, and second glycol unit, yeah!
Wow! We made the news. Things are moving along for us, we’ve made down payments on equipment, been steadily reaching out to our new neighbors in downtown Springfield, and even got our taxes filed.
Now though, we’ve really hit the big time, Eighteen21 magazine did a story on us! They were even gracious enough to let us use one of their photos on this site. Go check them out!
Growing up in Springfield, Josh Flanders and Bill Larson met during their teens and have remained close since – so close in fact that they’ve decided to open a brewery together downtown. The 41 and 42-year-old family men, who work in IT and networking, began their journey when they decided to dabble in mead making – which proved to be a bust. After they realized that mead wasn’t the ideal choice for mug filling, the two moved on to make a half-decent beer, which has since morphed into one of their delicious premiere offerings. Eighteen21.com met with Josh and Bill to find out about their new business – Buzz Bomb Brewing Company.
It’s amazing what a difference friends can make. We had planned to get involved with downtown Springfield, we weren’t quite sure how yet, but we were excited. Then Kevin Lust, of SBDC fame, stopped by to check on our progress and sent out a few tweets…which were then picked up by the Downtown Springfield Incorporated (DSI) and that kicked off an avalanche of social media activity.
So now we’re navigating the world of permits, licensing, AND networking. And that my friends, is good.
Ok, so we got a building and we got a great deal on a building…but it’s not the tap room we’ve dreamed of. We want something light, open, with a rustic-industrial aesthetic! Something that exudes both class and comfort where anyone can be comfortable and enjoy a great beer. Also, we want to make a lot of furniture. If you haven’t been to the oasis before (previously the Plaza) it had some nice touches but it was dark, very, very dark. Also there was a cage…
We’ve been dreaming for a long time about starting a brewery…it’s been almost 8 years now since we started brewing at home and slowly over time that dream has moved from fantasy to reality. A couple years ago we really started upgrading our equipment, taking brewing more seriously, researching, becoming part time scientists. Explorers in a brew world if you will. We thought if we could solve problems on a small scale with a commercial grade system, maybe some day we could really do this. And then that day came.
In 2016, we served our beers with the Prairie Schooners at the Springfield Oyster and Beer fest and they were so well received that we decided that day, it was time. We frantically set off trying to find a location and figuring out “hey how do you start a brewery anyways”. Luckily we were smart enough to know what we didn’t know and reached out for help to the Small Business Development Center here in Springfield. With the guidance of Kevin Lust, we crafted our business plan, narrowed our location choices, and investigated opportunities until the stars aligned and we found our place.
In mid December, we closed on the old Oasis building in downtown Springfield. Our financing was secured with the help of that business plan, which the bank described as “one of the most thorough they’d ever seen”. Now a new year starts and our new business with it. ETA September 2017, see you soon!