New alcohol store will be good for downtown

Travis McMullen - Contributing Columnist

I’ve made at least a couple of references to the idea that a Sedalia craft brewery would be the sort of business that would thrive in downtown Sedalia and be good for the city in general. That’s not happening yet, but there is an interesting development when it comes to downtown Sedalia and craft beer.

The Craft Beer Cellar (That’s basement, not salesperson, even though the understanding of the phrase would be largely unchanged.) is a new, rapidly expanding alcohol store chain that will soon take up residence in one of the grand old buildings of Downtown Sedalia. A generic name like that is probably one of the most important parts of building good buzz – the locals can trick visitors into thinking that they’re going to a great neighborhood spot.

I have these conversations via the internet with specific strangers about beer and other alcoholic beverages and I always got a little jealous when they talked about their “growlers”. Beer canteens that can be filled from the tap and enjoyed on premises or sealed up and brought home for the fridge. Plus, potential discount fills for repeated usage!

But it’s not about the receptacles; it’s about the libations contained within! A plethora of all of your favorite craft brews served in your preferred beverage container. A wide selection of future potential acquisitions of Anheuser-Busch InBev, or steadfast hero brands that would never sell out to the man.

At least a successful bar district is financially successful, and considering the sort of things that used to happen while Scott Joplin played the piano maybe providing a frosty product to an eager user base is just good business.

You’d better bet that back in the days of the cattle drives that every person with a shed and a bathtub was pumping out moonshine for profit and where there are cowboys there are willing providers. Sedalia was built in body and reputation by those men who drank whiskey and herded cattle.

Yes, the 2018 Sedalia Charity Bar Hop will be great, better open a bar now and get in before the rush.

Maybe the wide selection of craft brews will inspire the Sedalia beer artist that will one day be responsible for the first beer from the new Sedalia brewery sensation.

Clearly the people are excited about the prospect of choice and maybe the growlers – the Facebook page for the Sedalia location already has more than 450 likes.

We want new businesses in Sedalia, I think and we want them to be sucessful, I think. And this seems like a winner to me. Craft beer, does that mean that it’s brewed with real used popsicle sticks?

Travis McMullen

Contributing Columnist

Travis McMullen is a longtime Sedalia resident who shares his views on the city through his weekly Democrat column.

Travis McMullen is a longtime Sedalia resident who shares his views on the city through his weekly Democrat column.

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