Our Farmers & Suppliers
About our Farmers
Our farmers focus on responsible and sustainable practices. They are family farmed operations and local to Central IL. Our beef farmers rotate through the year because their herds are seasonal and not year round. This is the nature of smaller farmers, they generally raise herds that mature at one or two times a year.
Our beef is currently coming from two farms, Lane View Farm and Waller Farms in Carlock, Illinois. Our beef farmers have personal connections with our owner Brent Schwoerer. Lonnie Grove who owns and operates Lane View Farm is Brent’s uncle, and Brent spent a great deal of time growing up on this farm with his grandparents and uncle. Brent grew up going to church with Bob Waller who owns and operates Waller Farms and is a long time family friend.
Our pork comes from several local farms including R&R Farms in Pike County, and Ropp Farms in Normal. Our owner and brewmaster grew up with the Ropps and lived about a mile away from their farm. The Ropp family also provide our fresh cheese curds!
About our Suppliers
We believe in buying American made products when possible and want to highlight some of our key US and especially Midwestern suppliers.
BUTCHERS – We use small local butcher shops in central Illinois that are owned and operated by local families.
BREWING INGREDIENTS – We purchase the majority of our barley and grains from Briess Malts, which is US based and a top notch company with high quality US sourced ingredients. Briess is located in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Our hops come mostly from Hallowed Hops in Lewiston, IL. Our yeast comes from Omega Yeast in Chicago.
FOOD PURVEYOR – We are proud to work with the following local companies to source our daily produce, dry goods, and food goods. MJ Kellner is locally owned and operated (here in Springfield) since 1920.
LOCAL SUPPLIERS – We use a variety of other local companies for our daily needs that we wanted to highlight.
First Bankers Trust for all our banking needs.
KB Consulting for our IT needs and website design.
Troxell Insurance for our insurance needs
Primo Designs for our shirts, employee uniforms, and merchandise needs
Capitol Blue Print for our recycled menu paper and commercial printing