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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. Other pros discuss their processes during the festivals beer seminars, whose topics include how to convince magicians to bottle your batches for you. The rest of fest includes local vendors serving up barbecue and other tasty treats, as well as live musicians strumming danceable tunes.