If you enjoy beer, you likely know about Mother’s Brewing. Their impressive selection made its way to Central Arkansas years ago and can be found everywhere from beer centric Flying Saucer to By The Glass wine bar.
As a Springfield native, Mother’s Little Helper was my first intro into the craft beer world and while locally Rock City boasts a multitude of booming breweries, it’s a good idea to get to know our northern neighbors, especially since they are working on a soon-to-be-announced collab with Rebel Kettle. I visited the Mother’s Tasting Room in Springfield’s new Brewery District to *hopefully* get some word on the collab, but mostly to sip some suds.
Springfield’s Brewery District is set up just west of the downtown square with easy access to tons of local retail, restaurants, coffee shops, and a pretty stellar local art scene. An open lawn greets you as you walk towards the tasting room. Think string lights, Adirondack chairs, and tons of space for the doggies to run around while you sip tasting room-only libations.
The Mother’s Tasting Room offers brewery tours and features rotating brews exclusive to the tasting room Or as they put it, “21 taps showcasing the full extent of the mad science happening at our brewery”. Leaning towards a traditional tasting room, they don’t serve food but you’ll likely find a food truck close by should hunger strike.
Brewery tour guide/volunteer, Leigh Sterten took me through the menu stating, “You literally cannot go wrong here, there’s a brew for everyone.” We started with one from the Backyard Beer’s collection, the Cucumber Saison before moving on to the Imperial Grind, Manhattan ITBM, and the illustrious Rated R. While the last few were heavier than I normally go at over 10% ABV, the smooth caramel flavors had me going back for more.
I spoke with Brewery Liaison Kyle Jeffries, who told me about their upcoming collaboration with Rebel Kettle, “I can’t tell you much, but I will tell you it’s amazing,” he laughed before telling me how much the Mother’s Crew loved the vibes at Rebel Kettle. And to all the Winter Grind fans, 10 days.
If you’re in the Springfield area, skip Bass Pro and head to Mother’s for a different take on local breweries and keep your eyes open for the Mothers-Rebel Kettle mash up, we should have more on that in the next week or two.