Hungry Hollow Brewing Company hops into the craft beer scene
Barry County’s first brewery scheduled to open this summer
Hungry Hollow Brewing Company, a production brewery specializing in artisan-style craft beer, is slated to open in July in Barry County by craft brewer and local business owner, Joe Zucca.
Formerly from McDonald County, Zucca has a long history as a brewer starting with home brewing, which led him to a position as a brewer at Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing Company. His experience at Boulevard was followed by a brewer position at D&D Brewing Company in Copán Ruinas in Honduras, and later as the head brewer at Bike Rack Brewing Company in Bentonville, Ark.
“It’s always been a goal of mine to have my own brewery," said Zucca. "It’s great to be able to make the beers I want to make with total creative freedom. Opening a brewery is a long process, from applying for licensing [with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and Missouri’s Alcohol and Tobacco Control] to building the brewery itself, and I’m excited to finally share my beers with other craft brew lovers.”
The brewery, located in rural Southwest Missouri, is operating on a five-barrel wood-fired steam brewhouse, custom built by Joe with help of family and friends.
“This system is totally unique," he said. "We built the brewhouse on-site with what I call ‘hillbilly engineering,’ and a lot of research. Using wood-fired steam as a means of heating the kettle makes our beer especially authentic to the Ozarks."
Joe’s recipes are designed with the craft beer enthusiast in mind, he said. He makes big beers with hand-selected ingredients that lends to unique interpretations of traditional styles. The first two offerings Hungry Hollow Brewing is releasing are the Three Point Five Imperial IPA, a hoppy, high alcohol brew with tropical notes, and the Ozark Country French Saison, a sweet and fruity summer ale.
The brewery plans to add several other year-round beers, along with seasonal releases throughout the year. Hungry Hollow Brewing Company’s beers will be available in 750mL bottles and sold at local retail stores and in restaurants.
Due to its rural location and limited space, the brewery is closed to the general public. Future plans include an off-site tasting room as part of a retail location. A grand opening for the brewery has not been scheduled, but it is in full operation and will have its product on the shelf by July.