All over the United States, craft breweries are continuing an American tradition which experienced an almost 50 year drought after the repeal of prohibition. Big Muddy Brewing in Murphysboro, Illinois is much like many of these new "microbreweries" all over the country, reinvigorating an industry and continuing a heritage that has skipped several generations.
Until 1940, Murphysboro was the home of a thriving brewery and until prohibition; it was one of the cornerstones of the town's industry. In 1910, the Stecher Brewing Company produced more than 40,000 barrels of beer a year. However, passage of the Volstead Act in 1919, which ushered in the era of prohibition, began a slow decline to the brewery's demise.
The first beer offered by Big Muddy Brewing is Kinkaid Wheat. It was a recipe popular with Stuhrenberg's family and friends. It was also something he felt would be a good "craft beer transition brew" for those used to the conventional corporate brew (BMC).
Kinkaid Wheat is currently offered on tap and by bottle in bars, restaurants and liquor stores across Southern Illinois alongside of Big Muddy Brewing's second selection, "Saluki Dunkel Dog", a dark, amber/dunkel style beer.
The third and newest addition to Big Muddy Brewing's lineup is an ale called "Big Muddy Pale Ale", and future varieties include "Logan's Lager".
Monday, May 23, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time
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