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Top left: The BBQ Chicken Pizza and
Pre-Prohibition Pilsner are some of the most
popular items at River Bottoms. Bottom
left: Abbie and Joe Backes opened up their
brewpub in 2017. Below: A Buffalo Chicken
Pizza Pepper replaces traditional dough with a
bell pepper. Bottom: The Peanut Butter and
Jalapeno Jelly with Bacon Pizza is a twist on a
hamburger Abbie and Joe had on vacation.

Pizza and brews on the
courthouse square
by Paul Newton | pnewton@ruralmissouri.coop

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t was supposed to just be a small microbrewery. Joe
and Abbie Backes knew that people were willing to
travel to visit breweries, wineries and distilleries and
wanted to bring one to their hometown of Carrollton. "I
knew how to make beer and everyone seemed to like drinking it," Joe says.
As the couple began to put a plan together, they realized
that Joe's delicious beers couldn't be the sole driver for a
business. There had to be food as well. What to focus on
wasn't a hard decision. "What goes better with beer than
pizza? Now we're a restaurant that just has really good
beer," Joe says.
The couple opened the doors to River Bottoms Brewing
Co. in September 2017 and serve up unique appetizers as
well as a mix of classic and eye-opening pizzas. Their food
is sourced as locally as possible and pairs well with one of
Joe's beers that are brewed on-site on the Carroll County
square.
After living in nearby Kansas City for 15 years, Joe and
Abbie were eyeing a move back home to raise their family.
"We wanted our children to grow up in a small-town farming community in the country. When we grew up there was
a little shop or pharmacy in every building on the square,"
Joe says noting that wasn't the case when they moved
home. "We saw potential for improvement in the community and wanted to do something to help revitalize the town
we grew up in."
When creating the menu, they knew that pizza would
give them plenty of latitude for different options. "We wanted to do traditional pizzas like pepperoni or Meat Lovers,"
Abbie says. "But we knew we could do some unique specialty pizzas as well that you won't find at other places. We
started experimenting a lot at our home."
"It's fun to eat. It comes out and the whole family can
grab a slice," Joe says. "If you do it right, it's delicious. You
can make almost anything into a pizza."
Those words are most exemplified with their Peanut
Butter & Jalapeno Jelly with Bacon pizza. The flavors'
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