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“If you want to do something different outside of Champaign-Urbana, hop on the interstate and come on over “expressed Matt Miller on a Friday evening. Matt is the owner of Monarch Brewing Company in downtown Monticello, Illinois. He knew that when…

If you pass by 208 West Griggs Street in Urbana, you might think it was just another warehouse, but inside is the newly budding 25 O’Clock Brewery. Co-owner Tom Sheehan thinks that “every county should have a brewery.” Luckily for Champaign County,…

Walking into The Blind Pig is like walking into a classic British pub: lowly lite, dark wood, cozy bar and booth seating, no T.V.s, and faint background of music. It’s not just an aesthetic feeling, but it’s also the friendly, welcoming environment…

“I wouldn’t put my name on something that I wasn’t proud of,” expressed Matt Riggs on a brewery tour one Sunday afternoon. Brothers Darin and Matt Riggs dreamed of opening a brewery back when they were studying at the University of Illinois at…

Situated near the intersection of Church and Neil is Destihl, an independent and privately-owned brewery and restaurant. Destihl has two locations: one in Normal, IL and another in downtown Champaign. Destihl is not just a brewery, but also a family…

About 15 minutes northwest from Champaign-Urbana in Mahomet is JT Walker's Brewery. The Village of Mahomet had been a dry city since World War II, but the Village Board passed the liquor license ordinance in 2007 to allow the sale of alcohol inside…

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