Drink & Be Merry
A Toast to Good Times in Downstate Illinois!
Fans of beer have no shortage of breweries to visit in our 22-county area. Many of those breweries can be found on the Southern Illinois Beer Trail, which spans as far north as Madison County, all the way down to Union County. Ten of those breweries fall in Downstate Illinois’s territory.
Excel Brewing in Breese
Peel Brewing Company in O’Fallon
4204 Main Street Brewing in Belleville
Millpond Brewing and Incubator in Millstadt
Stubborn German Brewing Company in Waterloo
Hopskeller Brewing Company in Waterloo
Lieferbrau Brewery in Red Bud
White Rooster Farmhouse Brewery in Sparta
St. Nicholas Brewing Company in Du Quoin
St. Nicholas Landmark in Chester
If wine is more your speed, there are two different wine trails in our territory: the Carlyle Lake Wine Trail in our Central Region and the Wabash Valley Wine Trail in our Eastern Region.
Carlyle Lake Wine Trail
Hidden Lake Winery in Aviston
Bretz Wildlife Lodge and Winery in Carlyle
Twelve Oaks Vineyard in Carlyle
Crooked Creek Winery in Centralia
Wabash Valley Wine Trail
Berryville Vineyards in Claremont
Fox Creek Vineyards in Olney
Homestead Vineyards in West Salem
Irene’s Vineyard in Oblong
Lasata Wines in Lawrenceville
There are also several other wineries in Downstate Illinois that are must-visits but aren’t associated with a wine trail.
Jo-Al Winery in Mascoutah
The Pour Vineyard in Red Bud
The Weingarten in Belleville
Copper Dock in Pocahontas
Cameo Vineyards in Greenup
Bella Vista Winery in Maryville
While there aren’t near as many distilleries as wineries or breweries, the four that call Downstate Illinois home are all top notch! Stumpy’s and Witness both make vodka and whiskey, while Mastermind specializes in solely vodka, and Schomaker features some tasty moonshine. Cheers!
Mastermind Vodka in Pontoon Beach
Stumpy’s Spirits in Columbia
Witness Distillery in Vandalia
Schomaker Distillery in Nashville (limited hours)
For more information on the best places to grab a drink, click here.