A former Masonic lodge, originally built in 1891, today houses a southern Missouri destination for craft beer called Minglewood Brewery. Owner Stuart Matthews opened the brewery in January 2015; a seven-barrel system brews original recipes that Cape Girardeau locals have come to love.

One beer Matthews says he is most proud of is the Kentucky Common, Common Sense. The style is a dark cream ale that was popular from the 1850s until Prohibition. Along with its IPAs and pale ales, Minglewood is also known for Fat Monk, a cross between a Belgian and a bock. “We’ve had it on tap for almost two years now,” Matthews says. “It’s rich-bodied, sweet and a little bit sticky with a 6.2 percent alcohol content.”

Minglewood also incorporates grains from its brewing process to make its house pizza dough. Don’t miss the sausage and goat cheese pizza, with Italian sausage, portobello mushrooms, spinach, caramelized onions, a five-cheese blend, goat cheese and its signature pizza sauce, or the taco pizza, with refried beans, beef crumbles, a five-cheese blend, lettuce, crushed nacho-cheese tortilla chips, pico de gallo, thinly shredded Cheddar and taco sauce.

Minglewood Brewery, 121 Broadway St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri, 573.803.0524 minglewoodbrewery.com

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