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Alton, Illinois Man, Thomas Vogt Pleads Guilty to Credit Card Fraud

St. Louis, MO (STL.News) Thomas Vogt, 60, of Alton, Illinois pleaded guilty to defrauding his former employer of more than $140,000 through a double reimbursement scheme whereby he sought reimbursement for expenses his employer had already directly paid.  Vogt pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of stolen property and agreed to a forfeiture … Continue reading Alton, Illinois Man, Thomas Vogt Pleads Guilty to Credit Card Fraud

7th Alton Restaurant Week Bringing Bargain Dining to Great Rivers Area

2018 Alton Restaurant Week Features 20 Local Restaurants Alton, IL (STL.News) Another great chance to sample food from many fine restaurants is upon us. Now in its seventh year, Alton Restaurant Week 2018 is set for January 19–28.  This year, 20 locally owned and operated restaurants in the Great Rivers area (Alton, Godfrey, Grafton and … Continue reading 7th Alton Restaurant Week Bringing Bargain Dining to Great Rivers Area

3rd Annual Rock the Hops in Alton – Tickets Selling Fast

Rock the Hops in Alton Celebrates Music, Beer & Art

Alton, IL/August 18, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Alton will be sipping beer and rocking on Saturday, August 19th at the third annual Rock the Hops Festival.  The event celebrates music, beer, and art across multiple venues in the historic downtown Alton entertainment district.  Now in its third year, the event was dreamed up by Alton-natives and alternative-rockers Drew and Hope Mader.  The event doubled in size last year.  It’s added even more venues, acts, and craft brewers this year.

The Rock the Hops festival runs from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, and includes dozens of musical performances, scores of craft beers to sample, plus lots of vendor booths showcasing the work of local artists and artisans.  Venues participating in this year’s event include Bottle and Barrel, Chez Marilyn, Elijah P’s, Germania Brew House, Hops House at Argosy Casino, The Old Bakery Beer Company, and Tony’s.

There will be more than 40 styles of craft beer to sample.  The list of brewers participating in this year’s event includes several St. Louis area favorites like 4 Hands Brewing Company (St. Louis), 4204 Main Street Brewing Company (Belleville), Excel Bottling & Brewing Company (Breese), Big Muddy Brewing (Murphysboro), Grafton Winery & Brewhaus (Grafton), Gumbo Flats Brewery (Chesterfield), Peel Brewing Company (O’Fallon, IL), Recess Brewing (Edwardsville), The Old Bakery Beer Company (Alton), O’Fallon Brewery (Maryland Heights), Schlafly Beer (St. Louis), Urban Chestnut Brewing Co (St. Louis), and more.  Some Illinois craft brewers who might not be as well known in the Gateway City will also be there.  Look for Destihl Brewery of Normal and Champaign as well as St. Nicholas Brewing Co. of Du Quoin.  The list of out-of-town craft brewers includes Elysian Brewing (Seattle) and Golden Road Brewing (Los Angeles), with more labels signing on.

More than 29 local bands will perform throughout the festival, including the Mader’s Hope & Therapy, which is actually playing at Tony’s at 8:15, as the event winds down.  Some of the other local favorites at Rock and Hops include Seashine, The Trophy Mules, Prairie Rehab, The Fade, Pono AM, Hideous gentlemen, Catching the Westbound, MFG, Polyshades, Mayor Maynot, Orphan Welles, Bastard and the Crows, Floor Nine, Scribble, and The Bonbon Plot.

The Bonbon Plot performing earlier this year at Lighthouse Sounds (115 Market St, Alton) is among the bands lined up for Alton’s 2017 Rock the Hops festival Saturday, August 19.

In its first two years, the event sold out completely.  As of this writing, there are still General Admission tickets ($30) available through Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2989197).  But festival organizers say the event is likely to sell out again this year, and may do so well ahead of the 2:00 p.m. start time Saturday.

Grand Opening of Germania Brew Haus in Alton

Alton’s New Coffee House & Tap Room Opens – Bermania Brew Haus, Alton Alton, IL/July 9, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – St. Louis diners and beer lovers are already well aware of the renaissance in artisan brewing that has taken hold in the metro area.  There are dozens of craft brewers in the region, with new brewpubs … Continue reading Grand Opening of Germania Brew Haus in Alton

FAST EDDIE’S BON AIR

35 Years of Cheap Eats and “the Coldest Beer in Town” Fast Eddie’s Bon Air

ALTON, IL: (STLRestaurant.News) – Fast Eddie’s Bon Air – According to the “Beer With Your Buds” survey, when Americans go out for a drink, the majority order beer.  The national survey was commissioned by the makers of Budweiser in honor of National Drink Beer Day (Sept. 28, 2016).  Beer’s popularity isn’t news to patrons or proprietors of Fast Eddie’s Bon Air at 1530 East 4th Street in Alton.  They’ve been serving “the coldest beer in town” since 1981, although the bar’s history goes back even further.

The Bon Air was opened by Anheuser Busch in 1921.  They operated it as a bar selling their beer products, including Budweiser, for about 10-years.  Then new laws took effect that prohibited breweries from owning taverns.  So they sold it to Sam Balco.  He, and later his son, operated the Bon Air until 1981.  That’s when “Fast” Eddie Scholar bought it, and things began to change.

Scholar quadrupled the size of the bar, taking it from 80 to more than 400 seats.  A major expansion in 2008 added a heated, outdoor patio and doubled the seating.  With 800 seats, huge lunch crowds, and standing-room only evenings, it’s not hard to believe they may sell more Anheuser Busch products than any other bar in the Midwest.

Fast Eddie’s Bon Air is known for more than just cold beer.  After customer requests, Scholar added food.  The simple, seven-item menu of tasty, affordable eats is one of Fast Eddie’s biggest claims to fame.  At just $1.99, the half-pound “Fat Eddie” burger may be the best bar food bargain anywhere.  And their basket of fries is legendary.  But it doesn’t stop there.  For just $3.99, you can get the “Big Elwood on a Stick.” It’s a generous kebab of succulent, marinated beef tenderloin and green pepper.  Also $3.99 is the “Hot Chick on a Stick,” Cajun-style chicken wings skewered kebab-style.  The famous, Peel N’ Eat Shrimp is still a deal at 39-cents each! Don’t forget the Pork Kebabs and homemade Brats.

As Food Network’s Alton Brown said when he featured Fast Eddie’s on Feasting on Asphalt, every dish is “a perfectly seasoned standout.”  Brown called it a classic roadhouse, but with better food.

The bar has grown and changed over the years.  Eddie Scholar was fond of saying there’s always a party at the bar, and with a huge variety of top-named bands playing on the Fast Eddie’s stage every night, he may have been right. Eddie Scholar himself died in 2015, but his family still runs Fast Eddie’s Bon Air the way he did.

Some things never change. You still have to be 21 or older to enter Fast Eddie’s.  There’s still a one-drink minimum.  They only take cash!  And there’s no takeout!  But if you go, you can still see some of the bar’s original Anheuser Busch signage and the beer will definitely be cold.

Fast Eddie’s Bon Air is open Monday – Thursday: 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday-Sunday: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Contact Information:

Fast Eddie’s Bon Air

1530 E. 4th Street

Alton IL 62002

Phone: (618) 462-5532

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