In 2010, Josh & Beth Stacy and Josh & Trisha Goodridge--longtime friends--opened Public House Brewing Company in Rolla, MO, the town's first brewpub. But it was a long, long time in the works. Like any business, there were big ups and downs on the road to the first pour and we think that story is worth sharing. So here goes....
Josh Stacy grew up like any other kid in America, playing music, sports, and sharing his space with two siblings. Totally normal--with one exception. His father, Steven Stacy, was an award-winning home brewer. Steve was brewing world class beers in his kitchen before most people had even heard of the hobby.
Josh grew up thinking every kid helped their dad bottle homemade beer on Saturday mornings before they could watch cartoons.
Fast-forward a few years. Stacy and Goodridge meet in junior high, become fast friends, and begin playing music together (and have been ever since). Even more years went by.
Between the two there were graduations, marriages, children, careers, and beer. Yes, beer. At some point (memories are fuzzy) Stacy introduced Goodridge to drinking real, full-flavored
craft beers. It wasn't long before he introduced Goodridge to brewing real, full-flavored craft beers. Goodridge was hooked.
Many weekends were spent in the Stacy home garage milling grain, mashing in, adding hops, and pitching yeast. The two took in as much of Steve Stacy's brewing knowledge as possible, brewing good beer and having a couple pints throughout the brew day. That always loosened the tongue. Next would inevitably come the conversation about taking this hobby to the next level.
Goodridge heard this conversation more times than he can remember. On a Sunday afternoon while leisurely enjoying a fine craft beer at home with his wife Trisha, he got a wild idea. Enough was enough, he told her. He immediately called Stacy and said, "I'm coming over to your house." Goodridge passionately pleaded his case to Josh and Beth. "Rolla needs fresh craft beer and we're the guys for the job."
Josh Stacy wasn't a hard sell as he had always truly wanted to do this, but now they needed help from their wives to make this dream happen. Thankfully, these wonderful ladies agreed to take the plunge and the four embarked on the treacherous journey together to bring fresh craft beer to Rolla. Many trials and triumphs later, Public House Brewing Company opened its doors on December 16th, 2010, to a very thirsty populous.
One week later, all the beer they had made was gone. It was
a hit! The Rolla area embraced its first and only craft brewpub and put Public House on the map. Now the Stacys and Goodridges are fulfilling their dream of bringing hand-crafted beers of the highest quality to Mid-Missouri. You are invited to come in and have a pint with us. Cheers!
Now that you know our story, we encourage you to come in and share yours. No matter what the occasion, visiting The Public House Brewery is always an extraordinary experience.
The team at Public House looks forward to welcoming you!
The good folks at the Missouri Division of Tourism spent the day with us back in May to get the Public House experience. Missouri is home to so many great breweries and they chose a few to represent the state on their website. Public House is one of the featured breweries. Check out the awesome write-up and youtube video they put together about us. Support local beer!