I love surprises. It’s especially nice having a surprise after a crappy day of traffic and weather. So, it was especially nice to see this tweet come across my timeline:

Well, well, looks like Smuttynose Brewing out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire has quietly made their way into Southern Illinois. As the parity between brands available in St. Louis and Illinois has grown close and closer, it’s always exciting to see new brands we can’t get on the west side of the river.

While it’s obvious we’re getting a bit of draft, I’ve also been told we’ll be seeing bottle product as well. I have a couple of phone calls out and as soon as I know exactly what’s hitting the east side, I’ll make sure to update the site.

1/13 – 1:33PM Edit: OK, received word today on what Smuttynose beer you can find in Illinois:

  • Shoals Pale Ale
  • Old Brown Dog
  • Star Island Single
  • “Finestkind” IPA
  • Robust Porter

All of these are currently available in bottles at Randall’s Fairview Heights, Plaza Liquor, and other liquor stores. We will see Big A IPA bottles in the next shipment from Smuttynose.

Should have a full list of draught in the next couple of days.