Spring is just around the corner, and that means warmer weather. And warmer weather usually means more traveling. But let’s face it, we’re all busy—we have full-time jobs, family engagements to attend, and loads of errands to run. It’s hard to pack up and leave for a weekend, let alone an entire week. That’s where “day tripping” comes into play!
And what better way to spend the day than, well, day drinking, right?
We’ve lined out some must-hit hot-spots for your day tripping needs. Here’s your guide to local wineries, breweries and distilleries. We’re talking like two hours of driving–perfect for a girls’ day out, an intimate date for a power couple, or some much needed hang time with the bros.
Joplin: The Joplin area is progressing—who knows, within a few years we might have some small-batch crafters. But until then, leave it to us to satisfy your quality beverage needs. We like to feature local beer, wine and spirits here in the restaurant as much as we can. Check out our Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar during Sunday brunch. We were even voted one of the 9 best restaurants to get a Bloody Mary in Missouri. And we regularly host monthly wine dinners. These intimate, six-course wine dinners are where Club 1201 truly shines. We plan a different theme (from TV shows and movies, to world regions, history and more) for each dinner. And since it’s a wine dinner, there must be wine—and not just any wine, but amazing wine. Our sommelier pairs a different wine with each course. Seats are limited, so reserve your spot for our next wine dinner today. If you’re looking for a close winery, (15 minutes away), check out Keltoi Winery (an Irish winery located in Oronogo). And for you beer lovers, Joplin does have a Homebrew Club with lots of local brewery potential. But until we get a brew-co here in town, you’ll have to go to Instant Karma for your plethora of craft beer. They also host beer dinners pretty regularly, so be sure to keep an eye out for them.
Springfield-Branson: For great beer go to Mother’s Brewing, Springfield Brewing Company and White River Brewing Company. A brand-new brewery has opened in the heart of the city called Lost Signal. They do handcrafted beer and slow-cooked BBQ. Copper Run Distillery, near Branson, makes great small-batch, artisan spirits. And Missouri Spirits is the only spirit house in Springfield. OOVDA winery has Nordic wine and mead. They host a Wine and Folk Music Fest every summer, too.
Northwest Arkansas: Saddlebock Brewing, Bentonville Brewing, Bike Rack Brewing Company and Fossil Cove Brewing Company are a few of our favorite breweries in NWA. Don’t forget to check out the Fayetteville Ale Trail—perfect for a day trip! A cool thing we’d like to point out: Saddlebock Brewing is right on the White River and they have 64oz Carbopoly River Growlers, so you’re totally set if your day tripping includes drinking while hiking or kayaking! And for you wine-lovers, we recommend heading to Sassafras Springs (a few minutes away from Saddlebock), Tonitown Winery, or Keel’s Creek.
Kansas City: What’s black and white and red all over? A winery in an old newspaper building! Amagoni Urban Winery is located in the super-cool, historic Daily Drover Telegram Newspaper building. They definitely know what they’re doing when it comes to crafting wine! Need something to pair with you wine? Wine and cheese was so last year, so how about wine and ghosts? Belvoir Winery is located in the Odd Fellows Home—it’s haunted. Yes, we’ve been there, and yes, we saw/heard some very unusual things. Ghost Hunters even did an episode on the winery. Of course, there’s Boulevard Brewing Company, Border Brewing Company and Kansas City Bier Company for all your brewski needs. And for you spirit lovers, check out Tom’s Town Distilling Company, Restless Spirits Distillery Company, McCormick Distilling Company and J. Rieger & Co. Distillery.
So there you have it: local wineries, breweries and distilleries that you can visit on a day trip.