Missouri River Breweries for the M.R. 340 or to pretend you are Lewis and Clark

As Brother K.E. Myces mentioned, I’ve been on a bit of a beer drinking sabbatical due to Covid-19 and my preparation for the M.R.340. The M.R. is a 340 miles paddle race from Kaw Point in Kansas City, Kansas to St. Charles, that paddlers have 85 hours to complete. Most participants have a “ground crew” that follows their paddlers in a vehicle to provide extra supplies. Since most paddlers travel about 8 mph, the ground crews tend to have plenty of spare time on their hands. Here is a list of breweries located along the route of the Missouri River, for anyone wanting to follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, or their favorite MR340 racer.  Make sure to give each place acall to check their hours and as always wear a mask.
The send off for the M.R. 340

River Bottoms Brewing in Carrollton, MO. I’ve written extensively about them, but great beer, great pizza, a perfect lunch or happy hour stop.
River Bottoms Brewing
Bushwhacker Bend Winery, Glasgow, MO. I know this isn’t a brewery, but there aren’t any other breweries until you reach Jefferson City. I have driven by their winery, but never had the chance to stop in. They have over 10 different wines, and a gorgeous view overlooking the River. Unless the pit crew is way ahead of their racers, they probably won’t get a chance to visit them because most racers reach Glasgow late into the night or early morning.

Les Bourgeois, Rocheport, MO. Anyone who has ever driven on I-70 has seen this winery immediately East of the Missouri River between Booneville and Columbia. Another place with ample outdoor seating and gorgeous view to watch your racers.

Prison Brews, Jefferson City. Named for their close proximity to the old Missouri State Penitentiary. A great brewpub, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So feel free to drink yourself a breakfast beer, you deserve it if your team has made it this far. They even have a bocce court if you need more time to kill.

Tin Mill Brewing, Hermann, MO. Most people think of the extensive wineries when they hear about Hermann, but they also have a great local brewery. Tin Mill servers mostly German beers adhering to Reinheitsgebot, (German Purity Law) but they also have a few rule breaking beers as well.

Pinckney Bend Distillery, New Haven, MO. Another distillery I have blogged about. I can’t talk enough about how good their Gin and Tonic is, plus they have tastings of their products, and are located a few hundred yards from the Missouri River.
Pinckney Bend Gin and Tonic
Trailhead Brewing, St. Charles. Trailhead was recently acquired by Schlafly, so I’m sure they will have great food and beer.

Hopefully this gives all the ground crews some ideas for what to do with their extra time since the race lasts over 3 days. If you aren’t following crazy kayakers, but want to drink beer and pretend to be Lewis and Clark these stops are for you. Stay safe and wear a mask.

Brett A. Myces

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