Well Crafted Heroes

Bur Oak Brewing is inspired by those who share a deep connection to their craft and their community. In our new video series, we spotlight local community members who have both a love for what they do and where they do it. We call them our well crafted heroes. We hope you are inspired by their stories and encouraged in your continued pursuit of a life well crafted. Cheers!

The Metalworker

Michael Marcum makes art out of metal. You may have seen his trophies, installations and other original metal creations at the True/False Film Festival, Tiger Hotel or The Social Room in downtown Columbia. His quirky pieces blend form and function and have been providing inspiration and enjoyment to the community for over a decade.

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The Cyclists

The Big Tree Cycling team knows a thing or two about commitment to one’s craft. 4 a.m. alarms, flat tires, aching muscles and treacherous hills are all in a day’s work for these road warriors. But the camaraderie, sense of accomplishment and freedom that comes from taking on the open road, makes it worth it every time.

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The Performers

The Maplewood Barn Community Theater has been a Columbia staple for nearly a half century. Its iconic red barns and outdoor stage make it an enchanting place for families to enjoy a night out at the theater. However, none of it would be possible without the actors, directors and production assistants who invest their passion for entertaining and countless hours of preparation to bring each production to life.

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The Farmer

Dennis Schnell has been a dairy farmer for nearly two decades. He endures long days, cold winters, and tight budgets to produce a quality product for the public. Along with his self-proclaimed stubbornness, Dennis is driven by a love for nature, the freedom to be his own boss, and the chance to pass along a noble craft to his kids.

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