Raise a glass and toast this Ozark town that is hosting a Brew Fest as a fundraiser to support the arts. Expect half-a-dozen independent breweries and a couple of big distributors representing another dozen breweries, both classics to trendy.


The West Plains Brew Fest has become a beloved tradition, drawing beer enthusiasts from around the state and community members alike to the heart of the charming town. 

Beer connoisseurs will enjoy this year’s festival, Saturday February 24 at the West Plains Civic Center Exhibit Hall, from 5:30 to 8 pm.

Wages Brewing Company, just one of the independent breweries coming, is offering several new brews this year! They’ll be sampling Foggy Hills Hazy IPA, River Bend Lager, Blackberry Winter Sour, and Good Mornin’ Stout.

Other craft breweries coming include Piney River Brewing Co., Wages Brewing Co., Mother’s Brewing Co., Rapp’s Barren Brewing, and Springfield Brewing. These breweries will be joined by two distributors. One will be representing Anheuser-Busch, Kansas City Bier, Co., Arizona Hard Tea, Hoope Hard Tea, Nasty Beast Hard Tea, and Log Boat Brewing. The others will be representing Yuengling Brewing, Sam Adams, Smirnoff, Miller Coors, White Claw, and Shiner Bock. 

Eight different restaurants will be handing out free samples, including barbecue, pizza, and more. A local jewelry vendor, Links by Leyla, will share her jewelry, which includes some custom-made to commemorate the Brew Fest.

With a souvenir tasting glass included in the ticket price, a DJ spinning tunes all evening,  and local artist Garrett Melby painting during the festival, this year’s Brew Fest is set to be a night of revelry and camaraderie.

The West Plains Council on the Arts is the driving force behind the event.  Proceeds supporting local arts exhibits through the year and especially the Old-Time Music Ozark Heritage Festival, which takes place in June.  

Paula Speraneo, a passionate advocate for the arts, says, “We have some new to our festival craft brewers coming this year. We’re excited about that, and we welcome people from all over. We have about 700 people attending the festival.” So there’s plenty of room for newcomers. 

You can buy tickets for the West Plains Brew Fest through Ticketmaster, the West Plains Civic Center Box Office, Wages Brewing Company, and several other local West Plains businesses. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door.


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