Rock the Hops was ‘Ale’ Alton Needed to Celebrate Beer, Music and Art
Filled with exciting anticipation for the day to come, people of the surrounding Metro-East area made their way to downtown Alton Saturday, Aug. 18 for the fourth annual Rock The Hops event. With the intention of showcasing local talent, Rock The Hops has created a fascinating celebration of local craft beer, local music and local art. Alton and the surrounding areas are simply bursting with talented people who are very passionate about their craft, so it is quite natural this event was born here. The people of Alton love physical art, music and tasty craft beer!
Ticket holders traveled around downtown 2 to 8 p.m. by foot and shuttle from local business to business where there were beer samplings, live music and art vendors. Participating venues included Post Commons, Old Bakery Beer Co., Chez Marilyn, Tony’s Restaurant, Bottle & Barrel and Germania Brew Haus. These locations accommodated MANY tasty beers. There are too many to recall, but the highlights came from Narrow Gauge (Florissant, Mo.) with flavorful Hoppy Meal, Peel Brewing Co. (Edwardsville, Ill.) with Milk and Honey IPA and the smooth Byrd Up! from Rockwell Brewery (STL, Mo.).
With so much musical talent in the area, there was of course a strong music line-up for the day. Bands such as Jr. Clooney, Prairie Rehab, Polyshades and solo artist Syna So Pro, along with over 20 other musical artists, shined like stars. The mesmerizing St. Louis band Blank Generation rocked the grounds of Post Commons with their fusion of electronics, hip hop and funky jazz. Their music defies any one genre, bringing a sound to the area uniquely groovy.
In addition to the musical arts, there were many talented physical artists as well. Two very skillful artists who stood out were Claire Mentzer and Allison Stopka who — together but separately — have stylishly created beautiful handmade classic and watercolor notebooks of various sizes. Two young women artists who have a brilliant vision of beauty and functionality. Right on!
All in all, the day was filled with good vibes, new experiences and everyone’s bellies were certainly filled with delicious beer.
Written by Rosita