Black and gold--and ambers, reds, and browns
Columbia is known to many as home of the Missouri Tigers. But if you’re looking for black and gold, as well as ambers, reds, and browns, skip the hallowed halls of Mizzou. Instead, head downtown and spend an afternoon or evening visiting old friends and making new ones at Broadway Brewery.
Eclectic and eccentric are words that won’t get over-used at Broadway Brewery. Referred to as the “new city hall,” you must first descend a story below street level just to reach the front door. The atmosphere, the art hanging on the walls, the menu, the beer, (dare I say the customers?) are eclectic and eccentric.
But isn’t that what visiting microbreweries is all about? Meeting new folks, learning about different regions, and experiencing something you’ll tell a friend about? And once you fi nd a spot you like, it’s fun to return and experience it again. Guess that’s why I’ve managed to beat a well-worn path to Broadway Brewery’s underground lair.
On any given day at Broadway Brewery, you can find a decent variety of brews. Typically, there are over a half-dozen running the gamut of fl avors and gravities. My most recent visit showcased a Milk Stout, Brown, IPA, and Cherry Saison among others. The Milk Stout was good, but the IPA and I became such great friends I had to take a growler home for a whining brother-in-law. I’ve always appreciated the personal pride brewers take in their craft. Yet that can quickly turn into arrogance if they disallow other beers in their presence. Broadway Brewery doesn’t play that game. In addition to its own creations, it’s more than happy to carry and serve other brews from around the region and world. So when you look at the ever-changing chalk board, you’ll see the house brews along with a decent list of guest beers currently being served.
Broadway Brewery’s origin sprang from a former neighbor called the Root Cellar, which carried local and seasonal foods. Likewise, Broadway Brewery celebrates local farmers, such as Terra Bella in Hatton and Root Cellar Farms in Millersburg, and local food with a rotating seasonal menu. In fact, Broadway Brewery co-owner and part-time farmer Kenny Duzan helps supply the kitchen with bushels of the fi nest vegetables and fruits. Check out the stuffed zucchini with sausage, craft pizzas like the Drunken Rooster, or Broadway Brewery’s Burger Bar entrée, which offers your choice of a dozen toppings.
And if you ever stroll into downtown Columbia on a Saturday and smell the brew master hard at work, don’t hesitate to stop in and ask for a warm bowl of spent grain. I did, and then washed it down with a pint of Broadway Brewery Ale. Come to think of it, I guess we’re all a little eccentric now and then.