Savor the sparkle of five regional craft beers during the Great Rivers & Routes Craft Beer Week May 10 - 17. Breweries in Edwardsville, Alton, Collinsville and Grafton are joining forces to create an event to remember and unveil a collaboration beer in celebration of craft beer.
Join Grafton Winery & Brewhaus, Old Bakery Beer, Old Herald Brewing& Distillery, Peel Brewing Co. and Recess Brewing for seven days of delightful drink specials and keep the glass specials.
Craft Beer Week will kick off with a special event Saturday, May 11 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Gordon Moore Park in Alton. The outdoor event will feature live music from The Mindframes, Steel Creek and Big George Jr. & the NGK Band, beers from each of the five breweries, and food available from Goshen Butcher Shop.
The special collaboration brew celebrating Illinois ingredients and the work of the five breweries, named Farmhouse 66, will be unveiled. The saison brewed beer was created with honey and 100 percent of Illinois grown ingredients. The beer celebrates Illinois' Route 66 and was "created by friends" to be enjoyed "with friends" according to the brewers.
The craft breweries will also celebrate Craft Beer Week with Keep the Glass specials available at each brewery. The glass will feature the name of the individual breweries and the Farmhouse 66 logo. Visit each brewery to collect all five glasses.
Meet Our Craft Brewers:
Grafton Winery & Brewhaus, 300 W. Main St., Grafton
American Pilsners, Bock Dark, American Wheat and six additional handcrafted beers highlight the menu at the Brewhaus attached to the renowned Grafton Winery. The Brewhaus, which opened in 2009, started operations with two tanks and two basic beers. It has since expanded to a five tank operation showcasing draft pints and now kegs. Check out the Colaweizen, India Pale Ale, Shandy and Nut Brown.
Old Bakery Beer, 400 Landmarks Blvd., Alton
There are only a handful of certified organic craft breweries in the nation and Old Bakery Beer in Alton is one of them. The four-year-old brewery has experimented with coffee brews and nature cask brews. Sip one of its flagship beers of Citrus Wheat or Porter and tempt your tastebuds with the seasonal Hibiscus Tart and Kind of Blueberry. The brewery will unveil a Farm to Glass line of beers throughout the year along with a special 4th Anniversary draft and limited release of Cerveza Con Lima.
Old Herald Brewery & Distillery, 115 E. Clay St., Collinsville
The region's newest craft brewery is house in Uptown Collinsville in the former Collinsville Herald newspaper office. With brews like Printer's Ink, Late Edition and an Editor's Choice flight, the spirit of the former press shop flows throughout. Owners Derick and Whitney Reiser spent years refining their beers as home brewers before making the leap into the craft beer industry.
Peel Wood Fired Pizza, 921 Arbor Vitae, Edwardsville
Bold craft beers have become the signature blends of Peel Brewing Co. From Blood Orange Wheat to the Belgian Strong Ale and a variety of special releases, Peel has exploded onto the local craft beer stage. Peel started out as a high end pizza restaurant but developed its own craft beer. Available brews include: Sticky Fingers, a malt/apple hybrid, and Double Take Blonde, Peel's interpretation of the classic American craft lager.
Recess Brewing, 307 N. Main St., Edwardsville
It's all about the beer at Recess Brewing which opened five years ago with a 1,500 square foot brewery and 1,100 square foot taproom. Customers enjoy the rustic indoor seating while sipping craft draft and bottled beers. Check out the Hefepotomus Rex, a traditional German-style hefeweizen, or Mi Cabrona, a brown ale with coffee, cacao nibs and pasilla chiles, the creative talents of Recess brewers shine through.