Breweries are popping up all over the country, including Bloomington-Normal. DESTIHL has been a favorite in BN since 2007, but their brewery that opened in May 2017 has only increased their popularity. Smaller breweries are also joining in on the action, including Lil Beaver Brewery and White Oak Brewing. BN is the perfect place to sit back and relax with a cold one!
1200 Greenbriar Dr.
DESTIHL’s 6,700-sq.ft. facility features bottles and draft releases of pilot, experimental and barrel-aged beers, which pairs well with its menu of bold flavored, American-inspired pub fare. If you want a more in-depth look at the brewery, tours are available. The first option is a guided tour with beer tastings, and the second is a comprehensive tour of brewery operations that is followed by a sampling of beers and culinary creations. DESTIHL also hosts events, including weekly yoga sessions in the summer and the Field Day Beer Festival, which will take place on June 2. “We always tend to put a ‘twist’ on everything we do, so we couldn’t just have a ‘regular’ beer festival,” said Ariel Ameday, marketing and events manager for the brewery. “We’re also hosting the Cellarman’s Games, which will be a friendly, hilarious competition between participating breweries.”
Lil Beaver Brewery
16 Currency Dr.
Lil Beaver Brewery is a little brewery with big flavor. They brew what YOU want to drink. Their specialty is stouts, specifically imperial. Lil Beaver is fairly new, opening in January 2018. “What makes us unique is our constant drive to try things new and exciting,” says owner Chad Bevers. “Our fans love our variety.” Their most requested flavors are Strawberry Wainbows, a hazy IPA with strawberries and lactose, and Happy for Pecans.
White Oak Brewing
1801 Industrial Park Dr.
The public taproom at White Oak Brewing is a relaxing place to gather with friends and family. “White Oak is rooted in Central Illinois,” says co-owner Bryan Ballard. “Our distribution is focused on this part of the state.” The taproom, with a relaxing outdoor patio space, is a hidden gem among Twin City craft-beer lovers.