The RiverBend Growth Association, the chamber of commerce and economic development organization for the Riverbend, hosted a ribbon cutting for The Old Bakery Beer Company’s five-year anniversary. On January 21, 2015, The Old Bakery Beer Company first opened its doors to sell its delicious beer, and five years later the brewery has expanded its product line and its distribution territory. 

The staff of Old Bakery Beer Company and RBGA Ambassadors cut the ribbon celebrating five years.

Five years ago, The Old Bakery Beer Company opened in the beautiful old Colonial Bakery building. James Rogalsky and Lauren Pattan have helped to fill a void in downtown Alton by opening a microbrewery. The husband and wife team have used the success of their business to assist charitable organizations in the Riverbend. This type of synergy has helped to create a new positive mindset in downtown Alton. 

The Old Bakery Beer Company hosts “Drink for a Cause” nights on the third Thursday of every month to raise money for local charities. They support 12 organizations through “Drink for a Cause” including Beverly Farm Foundation, Audubon Center at Riverlands, Junior League of Greater Alton, and more in 2020. Support both a local business and local charity by participating in “Drink for a Cause” night where 25 percent of all beer sales go to a charitable organization.

As one of only about 30 certified organic breweries in the country, The Old Bakery Beer Company aims to offer sustainable, handcrafted beers with organically grown American hops and malts. Their food menu features seasonally-rotating sandwiches, salads, and soups, all designed to pair well with beer. With different options their menu features something for everyone including many vegan and vegetarian options. They also have wine, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages for those not in the mood for their delicious organic craft beer. 

The Old Bakery Beer Company is located at 400 Landmarks Blvd. Alton, Illinois 62002. They are open Sunday 11:30 AM – 8 PM, Monday through Thursday 11:30 AM – 10 PM, Friday and Saturday from 11:30 AM – 11 PM. To contact them call 618-463-1470 or visit their website at Keep up to date with news and information by following The Old Bakery Beer Company on Facebook @OldBakeryBeer, on Instagram @oldbakerybeer, or on Twitter @OldBakeryBeer. 

About the RiverBend Growth Association

The RiverBend Growth Association is the Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Organization for the communities of the Riverbend. As a Chamber of Commerce, we actively promote activities among our member businesses. As an Economic Development Organization, we work closely with state, regional, county and local officials to develop new employment opportunities.

The Growth Association serves the following communities in southwestern Illinois: Alton, Bethalto, East Alton, Elsah, Foster Township, Godfrey, Grafton, Hartford, Roxana, South Roxana, Wood River, and Wood River Township.

The mission of the Growth Association is to provide the leadership required to attract, promote and support new and existing enterprise growth throughout the Riverbend community.

To contact the RiverBend Growth Association you can visit or call 618-467-2280.