There's nothing like a crisp brew on a hot summer day. Enter Wages Brewing Co., in West Plains, Missouri, not far from the Missouri-Arkansas border. The brewery is featuring its seasonal lemongrass saison, Lemongrass Wheatknot, through the end of August. The saison is made with lemongrass grown on owner Phil Wages’ own farm. Last month, Wages took patriotism to the next level with his Star Spangled Ale: Featuring red raspberries, white wheat, blueberries, Victory malt and Liberty hops, the American ale had a fruity, tart profile with a creamy wheat head.
A must-try is the signature year-round light and creamy Whatknot Ale, perfect for a warm evening spent in the brewery's outdoor beer garden. The tasting room features three year-round Wages Brewing Co. beers, plus a rotating selection of seasonal and experimental brews. The Berliner – a base beer called Weiss Old Ozarker – has been combined with persimmons and cherries in the past, and Wages plans to make a dill-pickle version in the future. Stop by on a Saturday to grab a bite from the food trucks parked outside.
1382 Bill Virdon Blvd., West Plains, Missouri, wagesbrewco.com