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 friendly restaurant with a diverse menu.
Destihl officially opened in 2007 in Normal, IL, but was a long standing dream for Matt Potts who is the Founder, CEO and Brewmaster. In 1995, Matt was a practicing lawyer, but he received a homebrewing kit one Christmas and fell in love with the idea of opening a brewpub. In 2001, Matt and his wife, Lyn, opened their first brewpub, Elmwood Brewing Company in Elmwood, IL while Matt continued practicing law. Matt and Lyn were approached in 2005 about opening a brewery in Normal, IL. Seeing a great opportunity, Matt and Lyn collaborated with three industry professionals to develop the brewpub. Thus, the first location of Destihl was born.
The Normal location was such a success that they decided to open a new restaurant and brewpub on April 20th, 2011 in Downtown Champaign. The downtown Champaign location is a hub for local food and delicious beer. Justin Kelley, General Manager of the Champaign location expressed that the downtown location isn’t just a restaurant, but it’s an active brewery. Visitors can see the brewing equipment from the exterior window on Church St.