MAROA — One of the most recent businesses to join the craft beer craze is Maroa’s Full House, located at 103 W. Main St.
The bar offers domestic beers, but the highlight are the several beers produced within the state.
“We focus on local breweries,” said owner Justin Ford.
Ford opened the bar at the beginning of the year. He has formed relationships with local brewers including those from Petersburg, Decatur, Bloomington, Champaign and Springfield. “We try to get the beers from Central Illinois,” Ford said.
The bar does not serve food, but customers can bring in food or order from other area restaurants.
Although their specialty is the craft beers, Full House also provides entertainment. Video gaming machines are located inside the bar. Friday nights are reserved for live music, with an occasional band scheduled for a Saturday night. The staff recommends customers check the Full House Facebook page for updated band information.
“The summer is booked with acts,” Ford said. “It’s usually a solo act and some bands.”
The outdoor area is a covered patio equally as large as the indoor bar. On Monday and Wednesday nights, customers can participate in corn hole leagues. “It’s free and fun,” Ford said. “But nobody wins anything.”
Ford has experience in the craft beer and liquor business. In 2015, he opened 4 Queens Wine Lounge in Illiopolis. Along with gaming machines, the bar also offers unique wines, craft beers and premium liquors.
Ford studied the atmosphere in Maroa before opening Full House. “I heard they needed something like this,” Ford said.
In the few months since the Maroa business opened, the staff has witnessed a steady flow of customers, and not all from the small town. Customers come from all over Central Illinois to taste unique beers.
“It was the clientele I wanted to focus on,” Ford said. “I like the idea of providing the chance to sample beers and have fun too.”
The staff keeps the atmosphere happy and enjoyable as well as comfortable for the customers. They understand many are visiting Full House and Maroa to taste the different craft beers.
“It has taken off in Maroa,” Ford said. “And the atmosphere is appreciated here too.”