Five of our stores are featuring a new Illinois brewery called Big Muddy Brewing. We are not sure if Big Muddy can be classified as local though, considering their hometown of Murphysboro is close to a six hour drive from Chicago. Murphysboro is one town over from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where Big Muddy founder Chuck Stuhrenberg attended college and first started brewing in the 1980′s. Chuck’s dreams finally became a reality in July 2009 when he opened the brewery.
Big Muddy Brewing currently offers three beers, with a lager coming in the near future. Kinkaid Wheat was the first beer offered up by the brewery, and would be a good craft beer transition brew for those used to the conventional corporate brew. Saluki Dunkel Dog is a dark amber / dunkel style beer named for the mascot of the Southern Illinois Salukis. The newest addition to the brewery’s lineup is Big Muddy Pale Ale, a balanced and easy drinking version of the style.
As noted above, the Big Muddy brews are currently available at only five of our stores: Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Plainfield, St. Charles, and Willowbrook. April is the ideal time to sample all three of the brews because they are incorporated into our American Craft Beer Sale and on sale for only $3.99 per 22oz bottle for the entire month of April.