Beer, Wine & Spirits in Springfield

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  • Kickapoo Creek Winery
    Each day, as the sun rises over the Illinois River Valley, light spills across Kickapoo Creek Winery's 14 acres of vineyards. Dr. David Conner originally began planting these vines in 2001. Now joined by his son, Rory, Dr. Connor creates rich, fruit-forward wines using locally sourced grapes in addition to the family's own grape harvests. Each wine brings its own melange of flavors and aromas, whether it's the tropical and citrus notes of the vignoles-seyval blanc blend or the norton's subtle spice and hints of ripe plum. The Connor family also makes wines infused with the luscious fruit flavors of everything from cranberries to peaches; and the selection of dessert wines includes bottles infused with chocolate. Although the tasting room's samples lure many visitors, Kickapoo Creek Winery also provides guests with opportunities to explore its picturesque grounds. Walking trails can guide visitors past rows of trellised grapevines, a bubbling fountain, and even a bridge overlooking Lake Elizabeth. The grounds also include a handful of places for guests to stop and rest for a spell, such as the partially shaded Ruby Glow Garden with its miniature waterfall of grape juice.
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    6605 N Smith Rd.
    Edwards, IL US
  • Villa Marie Winery
    For true American comfort food, head to Villa Marie Winery for a sandwich or side of fries. Villa Marie Winery is crafting dishes with only the best ingredients. Come hungry and leave happy. Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at Villa Marie Winery and sit out on their gorgeous patio. Take advantage of the restaurant's open space and tap into your inner dancer. Parking can be a pain in the neck, but it's as available as ever near the restaurant.
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    6633 E Main St
    Maryville, IL US
  • The TAP Restaurant + Brewery
    Most everyone agrees that beer should be cold, but you'll rarely find as strong an opinion on the matter as at The Tap Restaurant + Brewery. The tap system is kept ultra-cold, and a glance at the main bar reveals something that would fill a Lilliputian ice skater with glee: a 30-foot ice rail, which cools more than 20 domestic beers on draft, 300 plus craft bottles, and three house-brewed beers. Brewmaster and owner Jerry Berhorst uses only Washington State hops to brew three varieties at a time. Then the beer is chilled to 33 degrees Fahrenheit, where it clarifies for a week until bartenders serve it fresh and unfiltered, straight from the tank. Bartenders are full of knowledge on the house brews and the wider world of beer, but you don't have to wait for their attention. At each of five special tables, four personal taps let patrons fill their own glasses, while meters and screens keep track of consumption by the ounce. Beer also flows into the kitchen, where chef Bryan Smith uses a beer of the day for his beer-battered fish and chips. A giant beer-keg smoker stands outside the restaurant, cooking whole wings and other meats. After dinner, The Tap opens up its late-night lounge space, known as AfterDark, and fills it with music, candles, and a few more hours of exceptional beer.
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    3803 Elm Street
    St. Charles, MO US
  • Noboleis Vineyards
    The old mulberry tree at the top of Noboleis Vineyards—the same creature that graces the estate's wine labels—symbolizes the endurance of Robert and Lou Ann Nolan in pursuing their dream to own a vineyard. After purchasing a 74-acre expanse of Augusta farmland in 2005, the Nolans planted their first grapes: chambourcin, traminette, norton, and vignoles. Initial growth indicated high yields, but a late frost in 2007 claimed most of the chambourcin crop. Adversity struck again in 2011, when a tornado tore through part of the vineyards and lifted sections of roof off of the winery. But between these setbacks, the Nolans built a steady string of accomplishments. Their first vintages claimed multiple awards at the 2010 Missouri Governor's Cup, and what had started as plain farmland grew into an estate encompassing an onsite winery, tasting room, cafe, and wine shop. The Nolans now lead tours and host tastings so that visitors can get an up-close look at how Noboleis's wines—such as the barrel-fermented vidal blanc—are produced without tickling the grapes. The indoor and outdoor grounds also regularly host events that range from weddings to live music performances.
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    100 Hemsath Road
    Augusta, MO US
  • Two Rivers Winery
    Take a table at Two Rivers Winery in Grafton and look forward to your next meal. Two Rivers Winery is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups. Two Rivers Winery welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie. Parking is easy at Two Rivers Winery, especially those looking to park on the street or in a lot close by.
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    211 West Main Street
    Grafton, IL US
  • Copia Restaurant & Wine Garden
    The modern flourishes on Copia's menu are globally-inspired but grounded by an American culinary tradition. Brought to you by chef Zach Fiorimondo and property director Derrick Collquett, dishes such as chilies and champagne-goat-cheese cream take off from Midwestern classics, such as slow-roasted rotisserie chicken, house-smoked trout, and pork-rib chops. Aided by a wine market whose bottles pour into the dining room at retail price, the downtown eatery aims to shuttle city dwellers directly into wine country with 18,000 square feet of exposed brick walls, wood-beam ceilings, and white tablecloths. Elsewhere within the rambling complex, natural light pours into an atrium garden, a glass waterfall neatly partitions off the bar to prevent diners from impulsively ordering every dish and drink they see, and stainless-steel vats age several of Copia's own wines. Much missed after a fire shuttered its initial incarnation, Copia was roundly welcomed back onto the St. Louis scene in 2010: among other praise, St. Louis Magazine called its calamari "as crispy-crunchy delectable as any seafood you’ll find in a New England clam shack" and its smoked ribs "the best upscale version of barbecue in the area."
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    1122 Washington Ave.
    St. Louis, MO US

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