A new business in Godfrey won't let a little snow stop its debut tonight, unlike last week. The snowstorm a week ago pushed back the launch of Ridgebrook Brewery and its brew Hoppy TrAle at the Alton Sports Tap. The Alton bar and grill will be the exclusive home of the new beer and a public celebration takes place later this evening.
Brian and Sarah Keith are the owners of the business, and make the beer at their home in Godfrey. They are starting small, with the drink available at Sports Tap for now, but would like to get bigger as time goes on. Sarah Keith, who appeared last week on Z-1570's Let's Talk, says this is her husband's dream, and she's excited to finally get the product to the public:
Keith says for now, the new Hoppy TrAle beer will only be on tap at Alton Sports Tap and they'll see how it goes. Fritz Distributing is handling the marketing and distribution of the beer, but Ridgebrook has government approval for three other beers that they might bring out later this year. The kick-off party tonight is open to the public and begins at 7pm at the Sports Tap, located at College and the Homer Adams Parkway in Alton. Ridgebrook Brewery t-shirts and glasses will be for sale this evening.
Listen to the full interview with Sarah Keith by clicking the "Listen" tab at the top of the page and scroll down to the show from February 18.