Though Matthew Flach grew up in Edwardsville, it took a few years as a teacher in Chicago to formulate his plan to open a brewery. When he spotted a former antique store on Edwardsville's Main Street up for auction last November, he and his wife knew a move back home was the right move for not only their family, but Flach's future brewery as well.
Now set to open tomorrow, Dec. 2, Recess Brewing (the name a nod to Flach's former career in education) houses a five-barrel brew house with three fermentors and six serving tanks. The interior features reclaimed wood from what was the oldest barn in Madison County, and plenty of seats for those looking to stay a while. While they don't offer food, patrons can bring in any food they like and to-go menus from area restaurants will be available.
With the reasonable goal of establishing four year-round beers with a rotation of seasonal and specialty brews (Recess has a total of 10 taps), Flach is excited to add to the bustling nightlife in downtown Edwardsville.
“A microbrewery in this area fits perfectly with where [Edwardsville's] evening scene is going,” says Flach. “We hope people will be chomping at the bit to be part of the Recess family.”
Patrons can actually join the Recess Brewing family via its Community Supported Brewery (CSB) program. While only a few breweries in the country actually host this program, Flach thinks it will allow what beer-lovers want – to be a part of the process.
The CSB program works just like a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture): those interested pay a yearly fee and in exchange receive monthly growler fills in addition to perks like pint glasses, t-shirts, draft discounts while in the tasting room, merchandise discounts, priority for first tapping releases, and more. There are two levels to Recess's CSB program and membership is limited to 150 per year.
Flach opened this program months before opening the brewery's doors, hoping people would support even just the concept of the brewery. This turned out to be a successful venture for Flach – his goal of 50 CSB memberships before opening day was surpassed by four, with a total of 54 memberships before even tasting Recess's brews.
When Recess opens their doors tomorrow, they'll be serving E'Ville Pumpkin, 2211 IPA, Hop Square American Brown Ale, and Pedagogical Session Porter. An ESB (Extra Special Bitter) and Irish Red Ale will be available within the next week or two.
After doors open tomorrow, hours will be 3 to 9pm on Tuesday to Thursday, noon to 10pm on Friday to Saturday, and noon to 5pm Sunday. Flach is excited about working with other local businesses in Edwardsville and hopes to see Recess Brewing beers on tap at local establishments in the future. For now, Flach will focus on serving anyone looking for fresh beers after a long day or before a night out.
“It's the perfect storm with people that work here, live here, and go to school here,” says Flach. “We'll always have fresh faces coming through.”
Recess Brewing, 307 N. Main Street, Edwardsville, Illinois, 618.692.5101, recessbrewing.com
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