Illinois Brews & Baseball

Congratulations to Cubs fans everywhere. Congratulations to Cardinal fans in Illinois for seeing a truly stellar team this year in the Chicago Cubs take away their pride. Since 1876 the Chicago Cubs have won 1197 games against STL and the Cardinals have taken 1147 from the Cubbies during regular season play. And in the all-time post-season the Cubs are 3-1 against STL. According to Wikipedia.

I’m very excited to see and try many Illinois brewed beers and creations. For me, anyways, true local brews give you a sense of untouchable refreshmentism before even considering the smell, taste, feel or notes. Perhaps that is due to the freshness, but I believe it’s more along the fine lines of a thing called pride! Like rooting for your local high school football team, it may not be the best, but damn it, you’re happy to see it and experience it.

Breweries come and go, bought out and sold out. There are craft breweries now directly competing with the (has-been) big dogs Miller and Bud. I want to concentrate on the Illinois breweries who are not selling out. All of this information is from Wikipedia. Apologies if any info is incorrect.

My first favorite Illinois brewery:


  • Big Muddy Brewing opened in 2009 in Murphysboro, IL.

My go-to Illinois brewery:


  • Revolution Brewing out of Chicago since 2010.



  • Wild Blossom Meadery – Chicago, IL.

Most versatile arsenal Illinois brewery:

  Destihl 2007 Normal, IL.

 Super local Illinois Valley breweries:


  • Radium City
  • Starved Rock Brewing

Most impressive Illinois brewed beer:


  • Tighthead Irie IPA- Mundelein, IL 2011

 I was watching the Cubs on Monday night and wanted some easy quick (Vegan) food. I tweeted Jimmy John’s, half inebriated. And with their awesome help, I was able to conclude and acquire a Vegan delivery. Their bread is not Vegan. I paid $18 for two lettuce wraps that were delicious and not so much filling. I was impressed with how well Jimmy John’s interacted with me via twitter and did not cower like a company that puts beef fat into their fries and probably soda. That was the first time that I have ordered out in quite a few months.

Try some Illinois brewed beers or mead and try some Illinois baseball! The Cubbies are something else this year.