Friendship Brewing Company Celebrating a Lifetime of Friends and BeerSep 20, 2021 12:58PM ● By William Gray
Brian Nolan has enjoyed a lifetime of beer. Growing up only blocks from an active brewery, Brian watched his father brew at home as a child. Brian spent time studying in London during college. He was more interested in the classic English pub on the first floor of his apartment building than his own academics. Here, he sampled all sorts of traditional European beer styles, and his taste buds were never the same. Brian claims to be the only college student in history to turn down a Keystone Light.
He decided to open Friendship Brewing Company in 2013 as a tribute to the friends that encouraged him every step. of the way. It took three years of intense renovation for the brewery to be up to standards and open to the public. Since its opening in 2016, it has been regarded as a top beer destination in its area and reached max brewing capacity after nine months of business. None of this would have been possible without Brian’s hard work and dedication, but credit is also due to his skilled team. His business partner, David Brewer, and his brew staff: Shawn, Bobby, Kent, Bob, Griff, and Kyle.
Brian wanted his brewery modeled after the cozy pub in London where his journey began. Fast forward to today and walking into Friendship’s indoor tasting room, you may forget which country you’re in. Over 3,000 pieces of beer memorabilia decorate the interior of the historic building, and you’ll feel right at home thanks to Friendship’s warm and inviting staff. The outdoor beer garden is lush and spacious and can accommodate large groups, families, and even dogs. The brewery partners with The Caboose Kitchen, where guests can order staples such as wings, nachos, flatbreads, and wraps to enjoy with their beer. Friendship regularly hosts various events, such as live music, jam nights, and cornhole league. Their indoor and outdoor space can even be rented out for private events.
Friendship’s beer menu leaves little to be desired. With nearly 30 taps available, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Their current menu features 17 of Friendship’s own brews, including IPAs, Hefeweizens, Blond Ales, a Barleywine, even their own hard seltzer, in your choice of flavor. Also available are four specialty beers of their own creation that offer something new and intriguing for the experienced beer drinker. The selection is rounded off with four crowd-pleasers from other breweries, such as PBR, Ace Pineapple, Classic Proper Cider, and Space Camper. Friendship also serves wine and several canned and craft cocktails. The bulk of their beer selection can be purchased in cans or growlers to enjoy elsewhere.
Brian Nolan wanted to create a space where people from different backgrounds could come and be friends, with beer as the uniting factor. Friendship Brewing Company has done just that, and so much more, becoming a staple for beer in Missouri. This three-time best brewery award-winning team has evolved from a dream to a full-fledged beer Mecca. Beer lovers, make sure to check this one out, and go make some friends!
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