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Great Things on the Horizon for A Great River Brewing Co.

Oct 20, 2022 04:28PM ● By KELLIE WALTON BENZ
An exciting new brewery is on the horizon in Hannibal and with a motto promising "Great River, Great Beer, Great Company,” the future brick-and-mortar outpost for Great River Brewing Co. is sure to be a success. What began as a passion project by friends Wes Wheeler, Mike McKenzie and Landon Shaw has evolved into a successful brand serving up award-winning brews.

"The three of us have been brewing together for about twelve years, and friends for even longer,” said Wes. “We started small brewing out of Landon’s home, and have been working our way up to the big system we have now.”


The three Hannibal natives forged a friendship centered around their passion for good beer, and after succeeding at brewing batches at home, they began entering local home brewing competitions, and are now becoming a decorated success.

“We brew a little bit of everything, from lagers to seltzers to stouts,” said Wes. “We’re best known for our fruited saison, Razzle Dazzle, which won first place and the People’s Choice award at the Brew Skies Music Festival.”


Razzle Dazzle is brewed with raspberry puree and has become a local celebrity among Great River Brewing Co. fans. This fall, the team will also launch an Oktoberfest and a pumpkin ale, with their sights set on a barrel aged program in the future.


Now, as the brewery grows in popularity, Wes, Mike and Landon have their sights set on a new endeavor: a brick-and-mortar location centered around good beer and good old- fashioned family fun.

“We have seven kids between the three of us, so we want the space to be a family-friendly environment,” said Wes. 

“We’re envisioning an open, indoor and outdoor space with a dedicated outdoor patio, and an area for games.”


In addition to the kid-friendly revelry, the space will feature a large stage for hosting regular live entertainment. They plan to bring food into the venue as well, with a small kitchen on-site and the capability for hosting food trucks.In addition, visitors will be permitted to bring their own food.The future space has already been secured, with the trio slated to assume ownership in early December.

“We are putting all of our plans in place now so that when we become owners this December, we’re ready to begin construction the very next day,” Wes added. “Our goal is to be up and running by next spring or early summer; hopefully by Memorial Day.”


In the meantime, the group regularly hosts pop-up events for the community to get to know and love their beer, offering tap pours, growler fills and crowlers to go. The current taps include Honey Wheat, Unsinkable Pale Ale, American Lager and Hazelnut Brown. The group is also committed to attending events and festivals in and around Hannibal for the foreseeable future, including the Hannibal Folklife Festival this October.

Follow the Great River Brewing Co. on Facebook (@GreatRiverBrewingCo) to stay up-to-date on the latest company news, pop-ups and opening details, and to show your support as the group readies to bring their brews to the masses. Cheers!

 Great River Brewing Company 

Hannibal, MO