In the past decade, the craft beer scene in southern Illinois has exploded, and the region continues to produce more and more noteworthy brews. With so many great breweries in the area, you don’t have to travel far for a cold drink and a good time. Here are six of our favorites.

Amanda Bretz has been spinning tales since childhood. Born in southern Illinois coal country, her family moved around the Midwest and the South, which fostered her love of good food and travel and the desire to share her adventures with others.