Friends of Murphysboro, Big Muddy Monster Brewfest

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More than 60 breweries share samples of over 200 craft beers at the annual festival, whose other events include live music from Rusty Nail

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Promotional value expires Oct 26, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Merchant is solely responsible for all sales and delivery of alcohol. Must provide 21+ ID to receive alcoholic beverages. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $25 for admission for two (up to a $50 value)
  • $50 for admission for four (up to a $100 value)

Along with more than 200 craft beers to sample, the fourth annual festival includes local food vendors, such as 17th Street BBQ, and live music from Rusty Nail. The festival runs from 1–4 p.m. on Saturday, October 26 at Riverside Park.

Big Muddy Monster Brewfest

A decade before prohibition, Murphysboro's Stecher Brewing Company made more than 40,000 barrels of beer a year. But the Volstead Act ultimately ruined the business, silencing the city's craft beer industry until the recent emergence of new breweries, including Big Muddy Brewing and Scratch Brewing Company. The nonprofit Friends of Murphysboro celebrates the city's craft-beer heritage with its annual Big Muddy Monster Brewfest, where local and nationally renowned breweries gather to supply samples of more than 200 beers.

While established breweries serve their suds, amateurs in the home-brewing contest try to wow pro beer-makers with their recipes. The local chapter of the Home Brewers Association will have a tent to discuss home-brewing, and the rest of fest includes local vendors serving up barbecue and other tasty treats, as well as live musicians strumming danceable tunes.

Customer Reviews

Wonderful selection of craft beers & great setting!!
Jan S. · October 28, 2013
Good times!
Lisa E. · October 28, 2013
I had a great time with my three brothers. A bonding experience I won't soon forget!
Joshua W. · October 28, 2013
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    Riverside Park

    2610 W Riverside Park Rd.

    Murphysboro, IL 62966

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