Some people mark the beginning of autumn by the first falling leaves and the arrival of pumpkin spice lattes. In Springfield, fall is beckoned instead by Mother’s Brewing Co.’s annual Oktoberfest, and this year, the party is lasting a little longer than usual.
Mother’s Oktoberfest kicked off Sat., Sept. 12 and will continue on Sat., Sept. 19 and 26 from 6 to 9pm outdoors on the brewery's 2-acre grassy lawn. The extended celebration not only lets revelers savor a stein a little longer, but also allows the brewery to enforce a 25 percent capacity limit to comply with COVID-19 social distancing precautions.
Despite the scheduling change and slightly thinner crowds, you can still expect the same Mother’s Brewing Co. bash. Look for live music headlining each night from acts like the Garbanzos, Dallas Jones and Friends and Jimmy Rhea and Friends. Fill up on a German-inspired menu from City Butcher’s food truck, which will be doling out pretzels, bratwurst, sauerkraut and spätzle. Frozen slushies will also be available all day long with a differing feature each week, including Gimlet-, Margarita- and rum-based varieties, plus nonalcoholic options.
Throughout the festival, Mother’s is also rolling out three new beers. Lemon Daddy, a lemon American Lager, debuted Sept. 12, a New England Pils will be released on Sept. 19, and a Czech Dark Lager will be available the last weekend of the festival.
Oktoberfest is free to attend and is kid- and dog-friendly. Masks or face coverings are required per the Greene County mask ordinance.
Mother's Brewing Co., 215 S. Grant Ave., Springfield, Missouri, 417.862.0423, mothersbrewing.com