Located just four blocks from the Peoria Public Docks, the Rhodell Brewery in Peoria, IL is a perfect Brewery by Boat destination. This is a straight up brewery with no food, just good beer. The pub is located in an old industrial building and has a great feel to it. About a third of the floor space is taken up by a “Brew on the Premises” area, where aspiring home brewers can brew their own using Rhodell equipment. The rest of the space is an assortment of tables and the smallish bar.
Rhodell shares a block with several other restaurants. When we were there, they had a portion of the street closed to car traffic and many tables set out on the street. Musicians were playing live music and the atmosphere was laid back and festive.
The beers on tap were fairly traditional. The Rhodell website listed the following during our visit:
- Imperial Hop Head – 8.5% ABV
- Double D Double Amber Ale – 8% ABV
- Hop Head IPA – 7% ABV
- Oatmeal Stout – 6.5% ABV
- Fall Fest Red – 6.5% ABV
- Farmer’s Daughter Belgian Farmhouse Ale – 6% ABV
- Tropical Wiezen – 4.5% ABV
- Summer Sun – 4.5% ABV
- Blueberry Vanilla Wheat – 4.5% ABV
- Ryezen – 4.5% ABV
- Cask Conditioned Honey Amber – 5% ABV
Bruce had two Farmer’s Daughters (wink, wink!) and Maria sampled the Tropical Weizen (tasted like banana pineapple juice) and drank a Summer Sun and a West Coast Red. The Farmer’s Daughter is a traditional Belgian ale with just a touch of banana flavor. The West Coast Red is slightly hoppy, but a step down in hoppiness compared to an IPA. Summer Sun is typical summer wheat beer served with an orange slice. None of the brews stood out as being outstanding, but all were good, drinkable beers.