1 of 2
Photo by Theo Tate
Holly Werner, one of the managers of Recess Brewing, has been working there since the brewery first opened in December 2014.
2 of 2
Photo by Theo Tate
Recess Brewing opened in December 2014 as Edwardsville’s first brewery in almost 150 years.
For the first time in nearly 150 years, a brewery returned to Edwardsville on Dec. 2, 2014.
Recess Brewing opened its doors at 307 N. Main St. The community-supported brewery includes a 1,500-square-foot brewery and a 1,100-square-foot taproom, which is open to the public.
“It’s pretty cozy,” said Holly Werner, one of the managers. “A lot of people enjoy it because of how cozy it is.”
It is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, noon to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The brewery has happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, where all patrons get 50 percent off their drinks.
“In nice weather, we always get a lot of people in,” Werner said. “On weekends, we’re really busy. We also rent out half of the brewery for parties. We start distributing in May or June, so we’re really excited to see how that takes off and bring people to the tap room.”
Recess Brewing also has a beer school, where students learn about the brewing process and taste a sample of Recess’ beers. Classes are the second Saturday of each month and the cost is $15. Owner Matt Flach leads the classes.
“Matt was a high school teacher up in Chicago for 10 years, so he puts on the program and he does the beer classes,” Werner said. “He ends up picking four beers that kind of stand out for the season. So he kinds of goes into detail about the four beers. Afterward, he takes everyone into the brewery and does a little bit of a brewery tour with them.”
Recess Brewing serves several kinds of beers — Mamby Pamby, 2211, Four Square, Pedagogical, Doppel Hop, Yellow Buss and E’ville Hop.
“We have a nice range of yearly beers, like 2211, Pedagogical and Four Square,” Werner said. “Those are beers that we try to serve year round. Then we have seasonal beers. In the wintertime, we have darker beers.”
Recess Building became the first brewery to open in Edwardsville since Mick’s Brewery in the 1880s. At one point during the 19th century, Edwardsville had two breweries, one on North Main Street and the other on North Kansas Street.
The brewery on North Main Street was called the Klingel Brewery and closed its doors in 1868 after it went bankrupt. That same year, Mick’s Brewery, which was on North Kansas Street, became the only brewery in town. It closed in 1885.
Flach used material from Bode Barn to build the Recess Building.
“It dates back as the oldest barn in Madison County,” Werner said. “Matt ended up using the wood for underneath the bar, behind the bar and all of our tabletops and our sign outside, and our tap handles come from the barn.”
Recess Brewing also sponsors several events, including Fiesta Yoga on May 5 and the Broken Spoke Brew Ride on May 21. In Fiesta Yoga, all patrons will get a one-hour yoga workout at the taproom and the cost is $15. The Broken Spoke Brew Ride is a 29- and 50-mile bike ride and benefits the Edwardsville Neighbors In Need organization.
For information, contact Recess Brewing at (618) 692-5101.