There’s a craft beer destination in Illinois that’s generating lots of buzz. Big Muddy Brewing, the first brewery in Murphysboro in more than 50 years, is a favorite for locals and tourists alike.
Chuck Stuhrenberg founded Big Muddy and began production in July of 2009. By brewing deliciously tasting craft beers, the local spot is helping reinvigorate the tradition of microbreweries in Illinois. Whether you’re a beer connoisseur or a new addition to the American microbrewery fan club, a weekend tour and tasting at Big Muddy Brewing is a must-stop.
Tours and tastings are Saturdays and Sundays at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. For only $6, you’ll receive a Big Muddy pint glass and a sampling of Big Muddy’s seven brews. From conventional beers to true craft flavors, Big Muddy’s variety excites taste buds. Make sure to try the Brewery’s first beer, the “Kinkaid Wheat,” a clean and refreshing American wheat beer. Or, if you’re more adventurous, try the “Saluki Dunkel Dog,” a dark and sweet style beer with a hint of chocolate roast.
While on your tour, make sure to check out their other popular brews such as the “Pumpkin Smasher,” which is brewed using real pumpkins; the “Galaxy IPA,” an American-style India Pale Ale; the “Vanilla Stout,” which is infused with pure Madagascar vanilla; or the original “Pale Ale,” a classic choice with just a hint of caramel.
Last— but certainly not least—every guest must try the “Big Muddy Monster,” named after the legend of the Big Muddy Monster. This brew is a lively and distinctive fusion of American Brown and India Pale Ale and an ode to Southern Illinois.
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– Illinois Office of Tourism