The Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield is getting a boost from a beer brand that has long ago ties to the fair. Reisch Beer was brewed in Springfield starting in 1849 and finished brewing in the 1960’s. Last year the original recipe for “Gold Top” was brought back and sold at the fair for the first time in more than a half a century.
Now, Reisch is committing to the fair and has pledged $10,000 to rename the Food-O-Rama pavilion after Reisch beer. State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon says the ten grand commitment will help revitalize a central location on the grounds.
The money will fix the roof and add a fresh coat of paint to the metal structure. For now the commitment will rename the pavilion for one year.
The brewers who brought back the “Gold Top” recipe are giving all the proceeds from the sale of the beer to historic sites in Springfield.