In 2013, a small group of West Plains, Missouri beer lovers wanted to expose the Ozarks to the art of home-brew.  The first event was small, but successful, and created a demand for a bigger venue.  In 2014, Ozarktoberfest was born, and 2018 marks our fifth year of providing home-brewers an audience in South Central Missouri. Additionally, the committee that launched this event saw an opportunity to help the local community.  The Ozarktoberfest festival has partnered with Trillium Trust, a local not-for-profit agency, whose mission is to, “Support and sustain the Ozarks spirit.”  By way of this partnership, area businesses can help us defray some of the operational costs through sponsorships while also receiving a tax benefit.  These sponsorships lower our overhead costs therefore allowing us to keep ticket prices low, while also allowing us to use our proceeds for good works.  Proceeds from the sale of tickets to Ozarktoberfest go to help a local charity.  For this year the committee has chosen The Boys and Girls Club of the Greater West Plains Area. Events: Ozarktoberfest continues to grow and has evolved from a small indoor event to a large outdoor festival.  Every year it grows and the entertainment and activities get better every year!

We’ll be in touch with homebrewers and homebrew clubs in early 2020 as we plan the September 19th, 2020 Ozarktoberfest! Feel free to use the contact form if you want to be added to our email list!

The 2019 event occurs on Saturday September 21st from 11 AM to 7 PM (followed by an after party at Wages Brewing Company).

  • Beer Judging Certification Program (BJCP) competition with prizes for homebrewers
  • Beer Sampling
    • Homebrewers sharing their creations
    • Seasonal selections from area and national breweries
    • Special release from Wages Brewing Company
  • Food Trucks
  • West Plains Historical Tour with beer
  • Music
    • several bands live throughout the day!
  • Kinder Zone – Kids activities for the whole family including:
    • It’s where the cool kids hang out! We include supervised and unsupervised activities for kids and families of all ages!IMPORTANT: The Kinderzone is an activities area for the entire family (not a babysitting service)!Kinderzone activities include:
      ~ An unsupervised area (such as with frisbees, etc)
      ~ Escape West Plains Escape Room (time TBA)
      ~ Randy “The Magic Guy” roaming illusions and stage performance (times TBA)
      ~ bag toss & giant Jenga courtesy Wages Brewing Company
      ~ lots of small games and more!
  • Stein Holding contests (“Masskrugstemmen”)
  • And so much more!

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