8 Craft Brewery Destinations Worth a Mini Road Trip

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Sundries at Scratch Brewing. | Aaron Kleidon

Destination: Southern Illinois

Big Muddy Brewing: Hop across the river and discover the breweries of Southern Illinois. Big Muddy Brewing (1430 North Seventh Street, Murphysboro, Illinois; 618-684-8833 or www.bigmuddybrewing.com) opened just a few miles west of Carbondale in 2009. It doesn't have a regular pub, but it does offer tours that include samples on Saturday and Sunday. It's a small space, so call ahead and schedule a time to come by.

Scratch Brewing: Located in Ava, Illinois, Scratch (264 Thompson Road, Ava, Illinois; 618-426-1415 or www.scratchbeer.com) brews beer with locally farmed and foraged ingredients. It grows hops and other ingredients on-site, and it uses goats to keep invasive species of plants at bay. Co-owner Marika Josephson says she's expanding the outdoor seating this spring, so there will be tons of space for people to relax in the beer garden. She also recommends trying Scratch's wet-hopped beers after the harvest in mid-summer.

Follow Richard Haegele on Twitter at @RtodaizH. E-mail the author at stlouisbeergeek@gmail.com.

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