OLLI participants raise their glasses for a Learning Trip to the Peoria Brewing Company.
Microbreweries have become a popular trend throughout the United States and Peoria is certainly no exception. The Peoria Brewing Company is the most recent microbrewery to have opened its doors in the Peoria area. Found in North Peoria, the Peoria Brewing Company makes large batches of high-quality, super-palatable craft beers with unique names such as Yippy IPA, Honey Do, Moody Cow, and Captain Tony's. With a behind-the-scenes tour, OLLI members learned how three local friends worked together to start a brewing company that has become the talk of the town.
The Learning Trip kicked off with an overview of the brewing company presented by Christian Payne and Todd Hayes, co-owners of the company. Todd made his home brew debut in the late 80's and over time his craft brewing skills improved exponentially. By 2010, Todd was making high-quality craft beers that consumers truly enjoyed.
After further experimentation and in partnership with Doug Cekander, local owner of 10 Buffalo Wild Wings in Central Illinois, Christian and Todd opened the doors of the Peoria Brewing Company in September of 2014. The brewing company now makes craft beers like the spicy “Crazy Jane” and the smooth and flavorful “Erik the Red." There seems to be something available at the Peoria Brewing Company for all types of beer drinkers.
OLLI members not only learned about the history and development of the brewing company, but they got to taste some of the craft beer selections. Participants seemed to enjoy the taste of the locally brewed beer. You combine drinking tasty craft beer with an educational experience and how can one go wrong. OLLI would like to thank Doug, Payne and Todd for welcoming us to the Peoria Brewing Company. Thank you for making Peoria proud.