A new microbrewery, John A. Huber Brewing Co., has opened near Fruitland and will begin distributing its flagship beer, a blonde ale called Hubrew, this spring.

Owner John Huber has tried brewing more than 100 variations since receiving a home brewing kit for Christmas in 2003. In 2009, he founded Homebrew Supply of Southeast Missouri, providing brewing equipment and ingredients. During the past year, Huber, with help from his sons Matt and Chad, has transformed the former SEMO Ag and Dairy Building in Fruitland into a commercial brewery. The company recently received both state and federal licenses. This spring Hubrew will be available for purchase at Bel Air Grill in Cape Girardeau and at several local wineries.

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