by Mabel Suen
As reported by Gut Check, the Old Bakery Beer Company (400 Landmarks Boulevard, Alton, Illinois) opened on January 23 in the former Colonial Bakery building in downtown Alton, Illinois. The concept comes from husband-and-wife team and Urban Chestnut alums Lauren Pattan and James Rogalsky. The couple aims to offer sustainable, handcrafted beers with organically grown American hops and malts, featuring four year-round beers paired with rotating seasonal and guest taps.
Inside the warehouse facility's brewpub, guests can choose from a small menu featuring sandwiches, soups and salads all made with local food sourced within a 400-mile radius. Options include crusty, salted hot pretzels ($6) served with whole grain mustard and beer cheese; a kale salad ($5/$10) with pickled beets, goat cheese, candied pecans and balsamic vinaigrette; a Cuban sandwich ($10) with ham, roast pork, Swiss, pickle and mustard; and a tofu banh mi ($9) with cilantro, cucumber, Sriracha, pickled radish, carrot and red onion.
Beer options include everything from a "Golden Oat" and "India Brown Ale" to a "Dark Mild" and "Maevas Blend Coffee Brown." The Old Bakery Beer Company's current hours are Wednesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For the full menu and additional information, visit the Old Bakery Beer website and follow it on Facebook.
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