In central Illinois there exists, what we would consider, a craft beer desert. Sure, you can find beer from the likes of Schlafly and Boulevard – two Missouri based breweries – on store shelves and on tap at bars, but there is no local brewery or brewpub in the state’s capitol of Springfield. In fact, in order to find locally brewed beer you would have to drive at least an hour and a minimum of 75 miles in any given direction from Springfield to find it. But that will soon change. Rolling Meadows Brewery, which is located on a family farm outside of Springfield, has been ramping up plans to open a production brewery and – depending on how the current craft beer distribution legislation in Springfield pans out – hopes to have its beer on tap at bars and restaurants in central Illinois in a month or so.
Rolling Meadows is a family run brewery, operated by a mother and son – Caren and Chris Trudeau. According to the breweries website they’ll initially be brewing three different beers:
- Lincoln’s Lager: They’ll be producing two versions of this beer, a dark lager and a golden lager. The golden lager is described as a, “clean, crisp and refreshing lager,” while the darker version has hints of caramel.
- Abe’s Ale: This is a high ABV brown ale brewed with maple syrup. Rolling Meadows calls it a, “drinkers friend for life.”
- Springfield Wheat (pictured below): Described as an “imperial hefeweizen,” this beer is brewed with hops grown on site and is citrus-y enough to keep the fruit out yer beer, “There’s no need for a stupid lemon slice or orange slice.”
Along with the hops grown on site Rolling Meadows will be plucking other goodies out of the ground to be used in their beers, including vanilla beans and coriander. Continue reading