A Look Inside the Old Bakery Beer Company, Alton's First Craft Brewery

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The pub at the Old Bakery Beer Company. | Photos by Mabel Suen
  • The pub at the Old Bakery Beer Company. | Photos 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.

See also: Old Bakery Beer Opens to Overwhelming Response in Alton

The Cuban sandwich on a baguette with ham, roast pork, Swiss, pickle and mustard.
  • The Cuban sandwich on a baguette with ham, roast pork, Swiss, pickle and mustard.

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.

Co-owners Lauren Pattan and James Rogalsky.
  • Co-owners Lauren Pattan and James Rogalsky.

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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At the entrance.
  • At the entrance.
The pathway to the pub begins with a long corridor.
  • The pathway to the pub begins with a long corridor.
Look over to see some brewing magic in action.
  • Look over to see some brewing magic in action.
A waiting area outside the restaurant exemplifies the brewery's vintage aesthetic.
  • A waiting area outside the restaurant exemplifies the brewery's vintage aesthetic.
The entrance to the dining room.
  • The entrance to the dining room.
Chalk menus painted on pillars reveal the brewery's latest offerings.
  • Chalk menus painted on pillars reveal the brewery's latest offerings.
Simply head to the bar at the back of the room to grab a glass.
  • Simply head to the bar at the back of the room to grab a glass.
Seasonal specialties can include concoctions such as the "Maevas Blend Coffee Brown," a collaboration with Goshen Coffee Company and Maeva's Coffee Shop.
  • Seasonal specialties can include concoctions such as the "Maevas Blend Coffee Brown," a collaboration with Goshen Coffee Company and Maeva's Coffee Shop.

Appetizers include hot pretzels served with whole-grain mustard and beer cheese.
  • Appetizers include hot pretzels served with whole-grain mustard and beer cheese.
A closer look at the Cuban, one of the brewery's six sandwich options.
  • A closer look at the Cuban, one of the brewery's six sandwich options.
The kale salad comes with pickled beets, goat cheese, candied pecans and balsamic vinaigrette.
  • The kale salad comes with pickled beets, goat cheese, candied pecans and balsamic vinaigrette.
Another view of the dining room.
  • Another view of the dining room.
Guest taps are also available in addition to Old Bakery brews.
  • Guest taps are also available in addition to Old Bakery brews.
Look for dart boards in the corner of the spacious room.
  • Look for dart boards in the corner of the spacious room.
Grab some Old Bakery Beer glasses and gear on the way out.
  • Grab some Old Bakery Beer glasses and gear on the way out.
Now open in Alton, Illinois.
  • Now open in Alton, Illinois.

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