The old Colonial Bakery on Landmarks Boulevard will return to the Alton business community, with the city’s first microbrewery. Plans are for the Old Bakery Beer Company to be operational early in 2015, and to offer creative, high quality food and handcrafted beers with organically grown hops and malt.
The building had been on the radar of Piasa Armory, as it was looking for a place for a firing range. That plan fell through due to some environmental issues. Alton Mayor Brant Walker says those issues have apparently been taken care of, and the city council will repeal the special use permit that was granted for a gun shop at that location.
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The Old Bakery and Beer Company is a project of Alton Native James Rogalsky, who plans to offer four staple beers, rotating seasonal offerings, and a menu comprised of ingredients from within a 400-mile radius. That satisfies the USDA’s guidelines for “local foods,” according to the brewery’s Facebook page.