Meet the makers, the creators and the artisans of southern Illinois.
Custom Cup Coffee is a coffee-lover’s dream, a micro-roastery in downtown Springfield that’s equal parts cool store, café and coffee class, where you can learn about the art of the brew while tasting single-origin beans.
Once you’re all pepped up, head over to Obed & Isaacs Microbrewery and Eatery. This quirky establishment in a National Historic neighbourhood offers micro-brews and a menu of hearty family favourites, along with a garden bar and bocce ball court for those languid summer evenings.
Old Bakery Beer in Alton takes its name from its building, a bakery in the late 1800's. The region’s only 100% certified organic craft brewery, Old Bakery combines tasty seasonal food with local brews and beautiful views of the river. Don’t miss their new monthly limited-release brews made with locally foraged ingredients.
Mississippi Mud Pottery is another artisan who forages to spark their creativity. Their clay art sculptures are inspired by indigenous leaves gathered around the region and by fish caught in the river. They also make stoneware pottery including bowls, baking dishes and plates. Stop off at their picturesque gallery and pick up the perfect dish for your local ingredients.
Family-owned Alto Vineyards in Alto Pass produces some of the finest wine in Illinois and America. They’re also the founding vineyard in the region, and the start of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. A few miles away in quiet rural Pomona are the lovely Longshadow Gardens, a garden ornament business that handcrafts planters and urns. Visit the exquisite gardens, admire their artwork on site and take something away to make your own plot more beautiful.
You’ll find Scratch Brewing Company in a 1920s farmhouse outside Ava. Named by Outside Magazine as one of the Top Four Breweries for foraged beer, Scratch is driving a fresh trend in microbrewing where adventurous brewers create distinctly local beers by hunting for the locally grown ingredients. Taste more local brews at Owl Creek Vineyard in Cobden, where Apple Knocker Hard Cider is brewed with apples from the century-old orchards that dot the Shawnee Hills region combined with hops in oak barrels, for a distinctive cider.