River Ridge Brewing of Bellevue was created in September 2016 by Kelly and Nick Hueneke and Jeremy and Nikki Roth. Since it opened, business has expanded and so has the brewery family.
Nick and Kelly Hueneke welcomed the newest addition, Nile Hueneke, on September 27. But the healthy baby boy wasn’t the only addition to the brewery family. Allison Simpson and Nic Hockenberry and Greg and Amanda Simpson have become partners in this riverside destination.
“We started as a family brewery and I’m happy to expand that family, and hopefully build on what we’ve been doing for the past two years,” said Kelly Hueneke of the addition to the team.
Greg Simpson, of Dubuque, has been homebrewing for over a decade and was excited for the opportunity to join the Bellevue brewery.
“I love what River Ridge has been doing,” said Simpson. “Both their main stay beers and special releases have been great, and I’m excited to collaborate and keep offering more exciting brews”
The nano-brewery has several beer varieties offered year-round, like the popular Verna’s Honey Blonde and Iowa Bale Ale, as well as special releases of smaller batches like Total Eclipse of the Hop, an IPA made with local hops, and other barrel aged varieties.
This past Saturday, the brewery held Stout Day 2018 with special release offerings including Peanut Butter Cup, Mint Chocolate, Maple Bacon, and Bourbon Barrel Aged Coffee stouts. But if beer is not your drink of choice, River Ridge also offers Iowa made cider and root beer, as well as wine from local wineries.
While River Ridge Brewing has a number of local patrons who frequent the cozy river-themed brewery, a lot of business comes from out of town and even out of the country.
“Bellevue is a frequent stop for tourists travelling along the Great River Road. They stop here because it’s a beautiful town set in a beautiful part of the river. Allison and I only had to visit once before we decided to move here,” said Nic Hockenberry.
At its core, River Ridge Brewing is a community-minded business. Since they opened they have focused on ways to get involved in supporting community initiatives. Whether raising money for the Bread Basket or the Cole Park Playground, they hope to give back to the community that they love.
“We are a family-friendly and community minded place, and our expanded River Ridge family will continue to be focused on that,” said Kelly Hueneke.
River Ridge Brewery is located at 118 N. Riverview Street in Bellevue and is open Friday 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1 to 9 p.m.