Live in southern Illinois? You may have received the summer issue of Life & Style Magazine (previously SI Magazine) already, but if not be sure to pick one up at one of many retail or restaurant destinations around the area. This is, arguably, the best issue yet – full of great things to do throughout the region.
I’m pleased to debut my new column, ‘Cheers to Beer,’ in this issue as well. To kick things off, I’ve offered an overview of the growing (better) beer scene in southern Illinois and some of the hot spots to grab a good brew or two. Look for a recap of the success of Chuck Stuhrenberg’s Big Muddy Brewing in its first year of operation, the beer mecca of southern Illinois, Kindling Spirits, and the more recent beer events at Melange in Carbondale. Sadly, Melange is closing its doors for good this Sunday the 25th, but it was certainly fun while it lasted. We grew the Melange menu to over 40 craft and specialty beers and I hosted a weekly beer night each Wednesday.
One other item of note if you read the column – I mention the 1st Annual Big Muddy Monster Beer Festival. The magazine went to print before we could make the change, but the date of this event has changed (due to a conflict with a home game for SIU Football vs. South Dakota St., which no one will want to miss … even for beer!) The new date for the event is October 23rd. Mark your calendars!