ANNOUNCING: The 4th Annual South of 80: A Celebration of Downstate Brewers

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South of 80: A Celebration of Downstate Brewers returns for a fourth year during Chicago Craft Beer Week and will include eight breweries and 24 beers.

sof80(2)More breweries and more beer headline our fourth annual “South of 80: A Celebration of Downstate Brewers” on Tuesday, May 19th at The Green Lady.

What began as a fun way to show off beer brewed in my former stomping ground, and fellow co-founder Andrew’s, has morphed into a gateway for downstate brewers to introduce themselves to craft beer drinkers in Chicago. In fact, three participants have inked distribution deals with Chicago distributors after taking part in our event: Six Row Brewing, Destihl and Urban Chestnut.

A mix of old favorites and unique newcomers make up the eight breweries taking part in this year’s event, bringing with them a whopping 24-different beers. One of the brewers boasts organic certification (Old Bakery Beer Co), another has been with us since day one (Rolling Meadows) and a southern Illinois favorite (Scratch Brewing) returns after a year hiatus.

Here’s who’s coming:

  • Destihl: Normal, IL
  • Excel: Breese, IL
  • Little Egypt: Ava, IL
  • Old Bakery Beer Co: Alton, IL
  • Rolling Meadows: Cantrall, IL
  • Schlafly: St. Louis, MO
  • Scratch Brewing: Ava, IL
  • Triptych: Savoy, IL

Much like years past there is no ticket required for the event, which is Tuesday, May 19th at The Green Lady (3328 N Lincoln Ave).  The tap list will be announced soon.

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Equal parts beer nerd and policy geek, Ryan is now the curator of the Guys Drinking Beer cellar. The skills he once used to dig through the annals of state government as a political reporter are now put to use offering unique takes on barrel-aged stouts, years-old barleywines and 10 + year verticals.