Columbia’s hub for beer geeks is closing its doors.
Craft Beer Cellar announced on Monday that the close of the March calendar would also mean the closing of its doors. Co-owner Dan Campbell says Wed., March 27 will likely be the store’s last day open. Craft Beer Cellar opened on Cherry Street on Dec. 18, 2014.
“I hope we’ve helped a lot of people learn and grow in craft beer,” Campbell says. “We took a ragtag bunch who all loved craft beer and came together as a family and took a deep dive so we could help other people learn.”
For the past four years, CBC has been known as Columbia’s destination for a unique and varied beer selection and knowledgeable bartenders. CBC has been the place for a pint (or more) and a round of trivia on Tuesday nights and an outlet to play a board game with friends over beer. Throughout its time downtown, the CBC crew challenged the idea of what could be paired with beer by hosting flight nights with pie, Girl Scout cookies, The Candy Factory’s treats and more.
To celebrate and go out with a bang, CBC has planned a series of farewell events spread over the next week. Campbell says many of the events center on celebrating the staff.
Earlier this week, the CBC crew hosted its last "Science on Tap," a lecture series featuring science researchers talking about their work, and on Thursday had a pop-up shop for Regrowth Thrift, an online thrift resale shop owned by one of the Cellar’s current employees.
The weekend’s events invite patrons to shop, celebrate and take home some unique swag.
Friday night is "Belgian Keep the Glass" night. Campbell says they’re bringing out the wacky-shaped, Belgian-style beer glasses and tapping Belgian-style beers. Customers keep the glass with the purchase of a draft beer.
On Saturday afternoon, each qualifying purchase comes with a piece of brewery swag, such as a sticker, sign or shirt. Later that evening, the crew will celebrate the staff with a friendly, open invitation get- together at the shop. Sunday features normal programming: Bottomless Beermosas from noon to 6pm, but this time customers can keep the glass.
Campbell says Monday night they’ll celebrate the board gaming community that has come together around the shop. "Games with Friends" night invites you to buy a beer for a friend, and CBC will buy you a beer, too.
“We hope we’ve approached everybody with an excitement about beer and a common understanding and friendship,” Campbell says. “Beer should be something that brings people together. That’s what I want to leave people with: Have a beer together and be friends.”
Tuesday night will be the last trivia night, an activity CBC has become known for. Campbell says the theme will be Game of Thrones, and they’re hoping to tap Brewery Ommegang’s Game of Thrones beer to pair with the evening.
Wednesday night, CBC will close its doors one last time – but not before one final toast. The CBC crew invites Columbia to help run the taps dry and raise a glass to the staff and beer community built around the Cellar.
“Beer geekery is really the center of our world. It’s really been the center of our world for four years now,” Campbell says. “I’m super thankful for the community that has supported us for four years. Even though this place is going away, but I really hope that the people who have been with us or found us along the way learned to geek out over beer with friends.”
Craft Beer Cellar, 111 S. Ninth St., Columbia, Missouri, 573.449.0242, columbia.craftbeercellar.com