Across the street from Samuel Clemens’ childhood home in Hannibal, Missouri, is the aptly named Mark Twain Brewing Co. Husband-and wife brewers Dave Alley and Cat Golden quit their jobs in Tennessee to apprentice with Maryland Heights-based O’Fallon Brewery, and eventually landed the brewing gig at Mark Twain. They produce five brews year-round, plus a handful of seasonals and special releases. The beer names reference Twain’s work, including Huck Finn’s Habanero Apricot Wheat, Halley’s Blueberry Saison, King Arthur’s Court Imperial IPA and Clemens’ Kölsch.
The brewery is housed in an old Ford Model T manufacturing facility – the current grain elevator was used to move vehicles between floors – and many pieces throughout are made of reclaimed wood and materials sourced from torn-down Victorian homes. The first floor features a bar and restaurant while the upstairs features a second bar and balcony, which overlooks Twain’s beloved Mississippi River. All of the brewery’s current beers can be found on tap, in addition to a few Missouri-focused guest taps. You’ll also want to try the Beer Cheese Burger, a ½-pound burger topped with house-smoked pulled pork, beer-cheese dip and crispy onion “tanglers” served open-faced on Texas toast, perhaps while revisiting The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Written by Daniel Puma. Photography by Cheryl Waller. This article appears courtesy of Feast Magazine. Feast Magazine is dedicated to broadening the conversation about food and engaging a large, hungry audience of food lovers.
Mark Twain Brewing Co., 422 N. Main St., Hannibal, Missouri, 573.406.1300, marktwainbrewery.com