Hopskeller Brewing Co. is back, and it’s even better than before. The Waterloo, Illinois-based craft brewery originally opened in October 2016 but was forced to shut its doors less than a month later due to a devastating fire. After nearly a year of renovations, which includes a larger brewing system – from 7 to 10 barrels – and an expansive patio, the brewpub made a welcomed return, serving a thirsty community of beer-lovers its brand of English and American-style ales as well as a full menu of pizzas, hot dogs and more.
As reported by Feast last month, Hopskeller reopened on Oct.13, and according to head brewer and operating partner Matthew Schweizer, the original historical portion of the 160-year-old building remains intact. Belfor Restoration and Quadrant Design Inc. contributed to the execution of the restoration and expansion, while features several repurposed materials as well as stained glass and art by Preston Art Glass Studio.
From the kitchen, guests can order wood-fired pizzas, small plates and more from a menu created with consultation from Gallagher’s Restaurant. Highlights include pizzas such as the Simple Man pie with garlic-infused olive oil, tomato and fresh basil. Another popular pick is the Tangled Up In Blue pizza with barbecue chicken, bacon, red onion and blue cheese. Hot dogs, sausages and brats are also available.
“More people in St. Louis are starting to see this as a destination, which is great,” Schweizer says. “You have families with kids coming in and people who just want to have a couple pizzas and watch a sports game. It’s a really great vibe. It’s all kinds of people together under one roof.”
A rotating set of easy-drinking beers influenced by Northern England and Pacific Northwest styles and beyond await behind the bar. Choose from options such as a flagship Raspberry Ale, a wheat beer with sweet yet tart qualities. Additional staples include a light and crisp Pale Mild Ale as well as an Illinois Common Ale based heavily on a classic Kentucky Common Ale. The beverage list also features regional spirits and Illinois-based wines from fellow local producers including Pinckney Bend Distillery and Starview Vineyards.
“I have this overwhelming sense of gratitude for the family and friends who were so supportive for the past year as well for the city of Waterloo, my partners for being as supportive as they were and certainly all of our fans,” Schweizer says. “I really couldn’t ask for anything better.”
Hopskeller Brewing Co. is currently open Monday through Tuesday from 4 to 10pm, Wednesday through Thursday from 4pm to 1am, Friday from 2pm to 1am, Saturday from 11am to 1am and Sunday from 11am to 9pm.
Hopskeller Brewing Co., 116 E. 3rd St., Waterloo, Illinois, 618.939.2337, hopskellerbrewing.com