If you worship food then Monarch Brewing Company is for you. Located in a beautifully renovated former church building in Monticello, Illinois, Monarch features a New American cuisine with pops of flavor inspired by our travels around the world. Our entrees pair perfectly with our tastefully curated craft beers, handcrafted cocktails, and extensive wine selection.
Monarch’s building has been serving people, in one way or another, for over 70 years. From 1911-2016 the building was home to the United Methodist Church of Monticello. It was during the congregation’s move that the Monarch Brewing Company began to take flight! In 2016 we took occupancy of the building began an extensive transformation. The Monticello community rallied behind our goal to breath new life into the beautiful structure that was to become Monarch Brewing Company. Over the course of nine months, we leveled the dining room floor, pulled up every piece of hardwood, removed the old floor joists, and reinstalled all of the original hardwood. To honor the building and its beauty, we repurposed as much of the original wood and supplies as possible. Look down and you will find the old white pine floor joists as the tables and bar tops. Look up and you’ll see that we’ve refurbished the existing pendant lights, and of course, preserved the gorgeous stained-glass windows that are prominent fixtures in our bar and dining rooms.
Our kitchen and microbrewery are located in the basement of the building. This is where we make all of your food fresh every day. We seasonally brew a selection of small-batch craft beers on a 3.5 barrel (BBL) system. Our small-batch beers are only served in-house only and rotate on a seasonal basis. We feature over a dozen locally sourced beers, and where possible, we also try to source from our local farmers and producers which includes Lieb Farms.