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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Andrew M Sommer
Andrew M Sommer

If no ones ever been to scratch then you've never had a craft beer.

goingape
goingape

There is a lot of confusion about 2nd Shift.  The brewery itself is rarely open. You're better off watching their Facebook page for events like their festival in July. 2nd shift is in middle of a weird faux Western town built on part of Cedar Creek's property.  Across from 2nd Shift is a a restaurant bar called "The Town Hall."  It's a work in progress but it's really great with what they have so far.  They have from 4 - 6 of 2nd Shift's beers on tap at any given time, a selection of wines from around Missouri, great food, live bands on the weekends, and nice deck off the back.  The biggest detail left out of the article is CALL AHEAD NO MATTER WHAT.  Call Cedar Creek and make sure The Town Hall is open. They sometimes hold weddings or special events and everything is closed.  Having said that, you cannot call Cedar Creek and ask them if 2nd Shift is open.  They will tell you yes almost every time, and then you get there and they aren't open.  I'm not sure if they're confusing it with their own Town Hall, or if it's intentional to get you to drive out.

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urbanitestl
urbanitestl

@jennifray I just read that article and thought the same thing. Get in a nice hike, too. I'm in!

jennifray
jennifray

@urbanitestl Will probably have to make sleeping arrangements as well. Unless we Gus, Gus it, which would require a group. BEER BUS!

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