Get ready for the Taste of Twain Wine, Food and Beer Festival, which will showcase Missouri and regional wineries; local, state and regional craft breweries; and Hannibal-area restaurants. In addition, there will be two stages of live music, and it all will be surrounded by the historic homes of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum.
The event will be 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, on the grounds of the home and museum at the corner of Hill and Main streets.
Participants may stroll among more than 30 booths of wine, food and beer at the Mark Twain Interpretive Center parking lot and gardens of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home.
Hannibal’s own Cave Hollow West Winery will be at the event with samples of its featured wines, as will be Stone Hill Winery, Missouri’s oldest winery, in Herman. Don Sebastiani and Sons of Sonoma County, Calif., and Spirit Knob Winery of Ursa, Ill., also will be on site. Lost Vineyards will be on hand with samples of its Tiki Sangria.
Hannibal’s Mark Twain Brewery will feature two new beers at the Taste of Twain.
Also participating will be O’Fallon Brewery from the St. Louis area with its new pumpkin brews; Odell Brewery of Fort Collins, Colo., with Oktoberfest-style beers; Urban Chestnut Brewing Company of St. Louis; Sierra Nevada Brewery of Chico, Calif., and Mills River, N.C.; and Bell’s Brewery of Kalamazoo, Mich.
Odell will introduce two new releases — Sunny Rain Golden Tart and Rupture Fresh Grind Ale. A range of beers will be available for sampling, including several pale ales, stouts, sours, porters, brown ales, cream ales and wheat beers.
Other breweries to be represented include Bur Oak Brewery of
Columbia, Mo., Friendship Brewing of Wentzville, Mo., Deschutes Brewery of Bend, Ore., and Lagunitas Brewing Co. of Petaluma, Calif., and Chicago.
Members of the Hannibal Area Homebrewers Association will be on hand to discuss home brewing methods, offer samples and discuss brewing processes for those who may be interested in making their own beer.
A number of Hannibal eateries will provide samples of some of their best dishes. Among those participating will be Mark Twain Dinette, Rustic Oak Grill & Pub, Mark Twain Brewing Company, Badger Cheese Haus, Huckleberry Bakery & Bistro, Ole Planter’s Restaurant, Rumor Has it Bar & Grill and Hannibal Country Club.
Bourbon and cigar lounge
Wood Hat Spirits of New Florence, Mo., will present samples of its award-winning bourbons. Noted as the first craft distillery in Montgomery County, it has the only wood-fired distillery still operating in the country. Cigar connoisseurs will enjoy a variety of cigars available for purchase in the cigar booth.
Taste of Twain will includes two stages of live music, featuring Frate and Mike Moore with a variety of original tunes and covers on the acoustic stage, and the sounds of jazz, rhythm and blues and favorites on the main stage on Hill Street near the Boyhood Gardens.
About the Taste of Twain
Taste of Twain is a fundraiser in support of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum properties. The festival is sponsored by Mark Twain Brewery, Golden Eagle Distributing and Lohr Wines & Spirits of Ladue, Mo. Each guest will receive a souvenir tasting glass, provided by Mark Twain Brewery, and enjoy unlimited tastings.
Wristbands for the event may be reserved, in advance by calling the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum at 573-221-9010, ext. 404. Bands are $25 in advance and will be available at the event for $35. Participants must be 21 years old or older to purchase a band.