In the wake of the passing of Connie Regan, the operations manager and a co-founder of Rolling Meadows Brewery, the local craft brewery near Cantrall announces several new phases of development.
Rolling Meadows Brewery is now operating under the name Rolling Meadows Farm Brewery. The name change pays testament to the rural location of the brewery, at 3695 Central Point Road, as well as emphasizes the farm-based ingredients that are sustainably sourced on site.
Rolling Meadows Farm Brewery also announces the addition of a new team member. Bryan Tippy, the former chief administrator of Conn’s Hospitality Group, joined the RMFB team as chief operating officer in August. Tippy, who has previous experience coordinating community festivals such as the Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival and the Legacy of Giving Music Festival, is looking forward to increasing the number of on-site events at RMFB and forging new community connections between Rolling Meadows and other local breweries. Says Tippy, “What benefits Rolling Meadows benefits the central Illinois craft scene as well as the Springfield area as a whole.”
The first event hosted by Rolling Meadows Farm Brewery with Tippy as COO will be a fundraiser for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Foundation, held on Saturday, Oct. 7. In addition to offering delicious Rolling Meadows brews, food for purchase from Coopers StrEATside Bistro and live music by Lowder and Manning, the fundraiser will provide attendees with the opportunity to tour the farm, facility and historic areas of the RMFB property — including an exclusive overlook upon the site of Sangamo Town, where Abraham Lincoln built a flatboat bound for New Orleans in 1831. Advance tickets cost $25, and tickets are available online at http://bit.ly/2wO4EJM.
Additionally, Rolling Meadows Farm Brewery will now be offering their four flagship brews in a new format. Beer enthusiasts can now purchase four-packs of 16 oz. aluminum cans, a departure from the standard 22 oz. glass bottles. The new packaging is more consumers friendly, more easily recyclable, and offers a lower carbon footprint than the 22 oz. “bomber” bottles.