beer travels

DETOUR: Normal, IL – Destihl Brewery

DETOUR: Normal, IL – Destihl Brewery

NORMAL, IL

DETOUR No. 034: About 120 miles southwest of Chicago is the Bloomington-Normal region of Illinois and the home of one of the state’s–and Midwest’s–largest breweries. Here, you will find the enormous beacon of a facility, set back in the fields overlooking a pond: Destihl. We pay a visit and chat with founder Matt Potts.

DETOUR: Burlington, VT – Foam Brewers

DETOUR: Burlington, VT – Foam Brewers

BURLINGTON, VT

DETOUR No. 033: Sitting on the banks of Burlington's Lake Champlain, you'll find the relatively young but acclaimed Foam Brewers. Although it's only been on the scene since ‘16, the brewery has quickly made a name for itself thanks to its embrace of the hazy, the experimental and the quirky.

DETOUR: St. Louis, MO – Side Project

DETOUR: St. Louis, MO – Side Project

SAINT LOUIS, MO

DETOUR No. 032: A Sunday visit, during the brewery’s limited taproom hours, leads us to realize just why Side Project’s acclaim is so warranted. From a menu chock-full of barrel-aged goodness, we select a sampling and enjoy a calm afternoon in the bright and airy space in St. Louis’ Maplewood neighborhood.

DETOUR: Galway, Ireland – Galway Bay Brewery

DETOUR: Galway, Ireland – Galway Bay Brewery

GALWAY, IRL

DETOUR No. 031: Contributor Alaina Kornfeld headed to the Emerald Isle to pay a visit to Galway Bay Brewery amidst a warm cozy pub atmosphere. After a conversation with pub manager Alan O’Reilly, she learned that a little bit of Chicago can go a long way, even overseas.