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Mark Hegedus of Magic Hat Brewing

Mark Hegedus of Magic Hat Brewing

SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT

From Pepsi to Red Bull to Coors to Deschutes, Mark Hegedus has been a beverage industry journeyman. In his latest role, he’s been tasked with reviving creativity at stalwart Magic Hat Brewing in Vermont. They’re now poised to again play the role of leader in the space, and not just ‘the brewery that makes #9.’

DETOUR: Batavia, IL – Energy City Brewing

DETOUR: Batavia, IL – Energy City Brewing

BATAVIA, IL

DETOUR No. 035: On the shore of Batavia, Illinois’ Fox River, there is a small basement brewing operation making a name for itself via its milkshake IPAs: Energy City Brewery. The folks behind the project–David & Heidi Files. They took their brewing schedule from Church Street Brewing to Batavia, and are continuing to look to what’s next…

DETOUR: Normal, IL – Destihl Brewery

DETOUR: Normal, IL – Destihl Brewery

NORMAL, IL

DETOUR No. 034: About 120 miles southwest of Chicago is the Bloomington-Normal region of Illinois and the home of one of the state’s–and Midwest’s–largest breweries. Here, you will find the enormous beacon of a facility, set back in the fields overlooking a pond: Destihl. We pay a visit and chat with founder Matt Potts.