Many homebrewers only dream of selling their beers to the public, but Matt Schweizer was able to bring that dream to fruition in September of 2016 thanks to civic and business leaders in the area who wanted him to succeed. Matt found the perfect location for his microbrewery in a 19th century downtown Waterloo home and rehabbed it using wood and corrugated tin from barns and homesteads in Monroe and Randolph Counties. The result was Hopskeller, a rustic, cozy gathering place for residents to socialize while enjoying his concoctions. Although a fire that broke out just a month after opening forced him to close for a year, he was able to reopen stronger than ever, complete with a beautiful patio funded by generous donations from friends, family, and the community.
Today, with Covid restrictions eased, you’ll find Hopskeller hopping on nearly every day of the week, with happy patrons noshing on wood-fired pizzas and drinking a variety of craft beers and cocktails. Matt speaks often about the wonderful support he’s received from customers, which was obvious when they voted his establishment Best Microbrewery, Best Restaurant with a Craft Beer Selection, Best Destination Brewery and Best Neighborhood Brewery in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Just as Matt appreciates everyone who has helped him succeed along the way, HTC appreciates him allowing us to be a part of his journey. By using HTC’s dependable Internet, phone and TV service, Matt and his staff are able to keep serving happy customers while we take care of the rest.