Mother Stewart's Brewery in Springfield has won a national ranking for being in the top new breweries last year.

Brews, bands to combine for new IndieCraft event this weekend

Kevin Loftis thought there must be an oversight. It seemed that about every other city in Ohio had some kind of festival focused around a variety of craft beers.

The co-owner of Mother Stewart’s Brewing Co. said he wasn’t about to let that go unanswered, so he’s teaming with Hatch Artist Studios and Visit Greater Springfield to present the first IndieCraft Bands+Brews+Food event.

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Around a dozen different breweries and eight bands will be part of the first IndieCraft Bands+Brews+Food event Friday at Mother Stewart’s Brewing Co. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Contributing Writer

It will be from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday at Mother Stewart’s and feature beers from a dozen or so craft breweries and eight bands on indoor and outdoor stages along with five food trucks.

Loftis said the format will be similar to the first MustardFest event last fall that drew a lot of interest, and this is the ideal place to have such an event.

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Springfield debuted its claim to food-related festival fame with the debut of MustardFEST at Mother Stewart's Brewery on Saturday, Sept. 29. Woeber Mustard Company, one of the city’s oldest businesses, teamed up with Visit Greater Springfield to celebrate one of the leading condiments with activities including a cook-off, wiener dog race and the introduction of a new beer. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
Photo: Tom Gilliam

“We’re a hybrid, a neutral place,” he said. “This will be as much about the music.”

Participating breweries will include Warped Wing Brewing Company; Yellow Springs Brewery; Devil Wind Brewing; Carillon Brewing Co.; Branch & Bone Artisan Ales; The Dayton Beer Company; Crooked Handle Brewing Co.; Heavier Than Air Brewing Co.; Eudora Brewing Company; Alematic Artisan Ales; Rolling Mill Brewing Co.; and Hairless Hare Brewery.

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Mother Stewart's Brewing Company was named after Eliza Daniel “Mother” Stewart, one of the leaders of the temperance movement in Springfield and Xenia in the late 1800s. The brewery located at 109 W. North St. in Springfield Ohio, was part of the former Metallic Casket Co. campus. The property also includes an outdoor beer garden, and decorations and artwork from Springfield artists throughout the taproom.
Photo: Tom Gilliam

The breweries will be set up in the beer garden, and there will be tickets available to sample the breweries’ products.

Bands performing will be Speaking Suns; The Crooked Spines; Lord Kimbo Music; Salvadore Ross; The Story Changes; M Ross Perkins; Once a Pine; and XL427. The evening will conclude with a DJ set up on the third floor of the Hatch.

 

Loftis points out a key difference IndieCraft will feature other similar fests don’t is there is no admission price, and it’s open to the public. Even if people aren’t interested in the music or different products, they can still enjoy the Friday night atmosphere at Mother’s and enjoy their products.

Loftis sees this as the beginning and Mother Stewart’s will work with Visit Greater Springfield to build an even bigger and better event next year.

“There will be a lot to enjoy,” he said.

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Mother Stewart's Brewing Company was named after Eliza Daniel “Mother” Stewart, one of the leaders of the temperance movement in Springfield and Xenia in the late 1800s. The brewery located at 109 W. North St. in Springfield Ohio, was part of the former Metallic Casket Co. campus. The property also includes an outdoor beer garden, and decorations and artwork from Springfield artists throughout the taproom.
Photo: Tom Gilliam

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