Sad news to report this morning. Turns out the rumors were correct, I’ve received official word that the Rotten Apple in Grafton, Illinois will be closing on January 23rd.  With Grafton being about 30 miles outside of downtown St. Louis, the Rotten Apple was more of a destination location for most people.

On a personal level, I’ve always been a big fan of the Rotten Apple.  The downstairs dining room and bar was always a warm and cozy spot to visit during the winter and the upstairs had an awesome view of the river during the summer.  Not to mention the beer.

While Jerad Gardner was running the beer program, there was always something new and exciting on tap.  You could also always count on Steve Green to tell a less than appropriate joke (my favorite kind.)  Plus, STL Hops had one of my favorite get-together/events when we took a bus up to the Beer Lovers Anonymous.

Needless to say, this is a disappointing turn of events.  I’m thinking a last trip up to the Apple may be in order.  Thoughts on a get-together on the 15th or 22nd (forgot about Cabin Fever on the 22nd)?