River Ridge Brewing started 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.
The Huenekes welcomed the newest addition, Nile Hueneke, in September. 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,” Kelly Hueneke said of the additions to the team.
Greg Simpson, of Dubuque, has been home-brewing for over a decade and was excited for the opportunity to join the Bellevue brewery
“I love what River Ridge has been doing,” he said. “Both their mainstay 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. The brewery hosted Stout Day 2018 with special offerings including peanut butter cup, mint chocolate, maple bacon, and bourbon barrel aged coffee stouts.
But if beer is not your drink of choice, they do offer Iowa made cider and root beer, as well as wine from local wineries.
While the 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, according to Hockenberry, who also is the executive director of Jackson County Economic Alliance.
“Bellevue is a frequent stop for tourists travelling along the Great River Road,” he said. “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.”
River Ridge Brewing has focused on ways to get involved in supporting community initiatives — raising money for the Bellevue Bread Basket and the Cole Park Playground.
“We are a family-friendly and community-minded place, and our expanded River Ridge family will continue to be focused on that,” said Hueneke.
River Ridge Brewery is located at 118 N. Riverview S. in Bellevue and is open Friday 4-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1-9 p.m.