About two and a half years ago, Michael Deutschmann, Eric Ogilvie and Chris Van Horn started to seriously consider opening a brewery in their small town of Sparta, Illinois, about 35 miles south of Belleville. They’d been brewing mostly Belgian-style farmhouse ales on Ogilvie’s property, until finally, this March, they opened White Rooster Farmhouse Brewery with a 2,000-square-foot tasting room, brewhouse and cellar.

Its namesake is a friendly white rooster who lives on Ogilvie’s property that used to hang around the brewers. Along with Belgian brews, guests can expect porters, stouts, IPAs, sours and more. “What’s been most exciting is seeing it all come together,” Deutschmann says. “We’re just going to brew the beers that we like – that has been our thing this whole time.” In the coming months, small snack items such as meat, cheese and crackers will also be served in the tasting room.

White Rooster Farmhouse Brewery, 113 W. Jackson St., Sparta, illinois, whiteroosterfarmhousebrewery.com

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