Over the last decade, Springfield has become known for its growing selection of craft breweries and with the 2017 opening of Lost Signal Brewing Co., the combination of select craft beers coupled with delicious Texas-style barbecue has entered the mix.
“People really seem to have taken to having another brewery and barbecue place in town,” said Tyler Hoke, owner and head brewer of Lost Signal.
Lost Signal Brewing Co. in downtown Springfield, Missouri.
Hoke says he’s always been a lover of craft beer and when he had a brief stay in Texas volunteering at a local brewery, that love grew into a passion. After expanding his knowledge of brewing craft beer as a home brewer, he attended Chicago’s Siebel Institute of Technology and completed the Master Brewer Program. He then headed home, back to the Queen City, where he’d realize his dream of his own brewery right on historic Route 66.
Patrons enjoy craft beer at Lost Signal Brewing Co. in downtown Springfield, Missouri.
“The building we’re in used to be the old KICK Radio station here in downtown Springfield,” said Hoke. “That’s the one reason why I went for this building, is that it is right here on Route 66 and it has a lot of cool history to it.”
After some extensive remodeling and some brewing and some barbecuing, Lost Signal opened its doors and quickly gained a following among craft beer and barbecue lovers.
Brewing the perfect craft beer
The tap list at Lost Signal varies from season to season, however there are two varieties that have become popular mainstays on the list: Smoked Pecan Porter and the On Air IPA. For the Smoked Pecan Porter, Hoke smokes Missouri grown pecans in their smoker with pecan wood and then adds it to the mash. The end result is a smoky brew with a hint of nuttiness. The On Air IPA is a classic American IPA showcasing the mixture of hops used in the brewing process.
Craft beers at Lost Signal Brewing Co. in downtown Springfield, Missouri.
Hoke says craft beers have become more and more popular in Springfield over the years.
“It really spans all generations in Springfield,” he said. “It’s interesting to see it’s not just the 25- 30-year-olds coming in. I think our average clientele is people in their 40s and they’re not coming in just for the barbecue, they’re coming in for the beers.”
Hoke knew he wanted something to make his brewery stand out from others in Springfield and that’s where the idea for barbecue came into play. And he didn’t have to look far for the perfect match. His father, Jack Hoke, just happens to be an award winner in barbecue competitions across the country.
Brisket sandwich at Lost Signal Brewing Co. in downtown Springfield, Missouri.
“He’s our pit master and he brought in all the barbecue and all the barbecue knowledge into here and I had the beer knowledge so we collaborated on that and here we are,” said Tyler of his father, Jack.
Jack Hoke’s Texas-style barbecue at Lost Signal includes the standards — pulled pork, brisket, fall-off-the-bone ribs, smoked chicken and amazing burnt ends. It also includes all the fixins, mouth watering appetizers and unique sides. The Mac & Cheese with a creamy ale cheese sauce and the Roasted Mexican Corn come highly recommended!
Lost Signal Brewing Co.
610 West College Street
Other Springfield Breweries
Springfield Brewing Company
305 South Market Avenue
Mother’s Brewing Company
215 S Grant Ave
White River Brewing Company
505 W. Commercial St
4 by 4 Brewing Company
2811 E Galloway St