Many Good Things Brewing debuts SEMO Red beer in celebration of university’s 150th anniversary, grand re-opening of Houck Field

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – “Crafty but crushable.” 

This is how Many Good Things Brewing Co-Owner Andrew Stewart would describe SEMO Red, a new beer created from a collaboration between the brewery and Southeast Missouri State. 

“It’s got enough bite but not so much that it’s hard,” he said. “It’s still easy.” 

It took Stewart and his business partner Ray Perez about seven months to craft the perfect beer to commemorate the university’s 150th anniversary.

“We didn’t want to disappoint, so it was really important to make sure the recipe was right, the process was right, and all the little touches along the way, the can, everything,” Stewart said.

“We made different iterations, trying to figure out, giving them different types of beers, styles of beers, and let them pick out the one they wanted, so it took a while,” Perez said.

But at the end of the day, all that hard work is worth it. 

“It’s a fun passion,” Perez said. “It’s so cool to create something and see other people enjoy it.” 

The can features the old SEMO Red mascot riding a Redhawk, a clash between past and present. 

A portion of sales of this beer will go to the university, so not only is it a passion project for Stewart and Perez, they are also giving back to the university that does so much for the community. 

“It’s an honor,” Stewart said.

“We’re excited to be a part of it. It’s a fun, fun endeavor for us,” Perez said.

The beer will also be available at SEMO football games, beginning with Saturday’s home opener against Lindenwood.


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