Springfield's Tie & Timber Beer Co. looks forward to growth in town
It's the new hot-spot in Springfield's Pickwick and Cherry Street shopping district, Tie and Timber Beer Company. However, the owner's knowledge of the industry didn't start in the Ozarks.
"When it looked like something we were going to do professionally, we were able to go to breweries around Denver and they were very generous at opening up their doors." said Jennifer Leonard. Jennifer and her husband Curtis Marshall own the new craft brewery. The pair met in Denver but Curtis is originally from the Ozarks. They explained they were looking for a business venture they could do together when they discovered their passion for brewing.
Jennifer serves as head-brewer. She's spent the past two years working to perfect the science of beer making and knows every single beer is different. "You can brew the same beer, but it's a different brewer, a different system and you'll have a different beer." Curtis is the self-proclaimed business man and said he helps with beer maintenance. He described the pair as a team. They hope that's what people think of when they come to their brewery. "We are a community gathering place and we are selling that," said Curtis Marshal. "It's children friendly, dog friendly, and it's just amazing to walk in here and see that diversity," continued Jennifer Leonard.
That's another reason they don't want anyone to feel intimidated by the craft beer world. "It's just sitting down and having a conversation," said Leonard. She explained it's all about understanding the work and the process behind each pour.
The pair not only looks forward to their businesses future on Pickwick, but also to the future of the Springfield craft beer scene. "The comradery within the craft beer scene is incredible, not only nationally, but here in Springfield as well," said Curtis. "I think having more breweries lends itself to make Springfield a craft beer destination, which would be awesome," Jennifer agreed.
The owners plan to release a new beer this week.
Tie and Timber Beer Company is located at 1451 East Cherry Street in Springfield, just off of Pickwick. They are open Monday through Thursday 3:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday noon until midnight, and Sundays from noon until 6:00 p.m. While they do not serve food, they welcome people to bring in food from elsewhere. In addition to their beer, they serve ciders, read and white wines, and locally made Spring Branch Kombucha. Their beverages are served in 5, 10 or 16 ounce glasses.