Breaking camp and moving back to your hometown is a thing most people don’t want to do, lest admit. But Stuart Matthews found himself in that most unfortunate position in February 2013. He had been living in Davenport, IA, but found himself without job and not a clue as to what he was going to do. After a fortuitous encounter with a friend who was a brewer, and after many lengthy discussions, the pair decided to open a brewpub in Cape Girardeau.Stuart realized that he didn’t want to work for anyone else and wanted to do something a little riskier than having the safety of a monotonous eight to five job. What better way to make a life changing, arguably insane decision, than to open a brewpub?He sold his house and relocated back to Southeast Missouri. As with opening any business, many changes happened over the next two years. The brewer moved on and the hurdles and roadblocks became progressively larger. But sheer determination, patience, personal sacrifices, and long hours paid off, as he was able to open Minglewood in January 2015.Stuart believes that each employee plays an important role at Minglewood. Stuart is extremely happy (hoppy!) and feels blessed with the team he has built. It’s difficult to keep the focus and energy level up day in and day out, but they take pride in what they do and it shows in the product and service.
Tony Johnson is the head brewer at Minglewood. He’s the talent behind the beer and the one who designs each recipe for the different beer styles brought to tap. His work ethic is second to none and it shows in the great beer he brews. Tony says he has the best job in the world. He gets paid to talk about, brew, and drink beer. We agree!Minglewood Brewery is a brewpub, meaning it’s a restaurant that brews and sells its own beer on site. Soon they’re going to start distributing their beer on a very small scale to select locations. Keep an eye out for Minglewood beer at your watering hole.Minglewood typically has about 10 beers on tap at any given time at the brewpub. The biggest seller, a Kentucky Common style beer called “Common Sense”, is a beer that was popular in parts of the Midwest prior to prohibition. Minglewood also brews India Pale Ale, Pale Ale, Stout, and many other styles of beer.The food menu consists of pizza, sandwiches, salads, appetizers and some desserts. The pizza is a 10” personal size. The dough is unique in that they incorporate the spent grain from the brewing process in the house made dough. Their philosophy is to use the freshest and best quality ingredients on each pizza.
They recently expanded the food menu to include BBQ, which is offered both in-house and for off-site catering. The ribs are a Memphis style dry rub and the pulled pork sandwiches are delicious.There is a lot going on from late night acoustic open mic, live music Thursdays, a beer club and firkin Fridays – a cask ale tapped behind the bar during Cape’s First Friday festivities.Stuart is truly the man behind the curtain as well as the face of Minglewood Brewery. Oh yeah, and when we asked him what superhero he would be he picked Superman. Stuart may not be able to fly, but he’s soaring over Cape Girardeau.Minglewood Brewery is located in downtown Cape Girardeau at 121 Broadway.