Imbibing a craft beer can be a religious experience for people devoted to microbrews. But to enjoy a freshly drawn cold one at a church built in 1875 is a divine experience.

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The road to this beer sanctuary is a long one. In fact, the brewery takes its name from the longest stretch of road in America - Highway 20 Brewing in Elizabeth, Illinois, which is drawing them in with a tasty selection of brews and live music on weekends.

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The converted Church once filled its pews with god-fearing parishioners, but now it attracts pilsners drinking beer lovers.

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All puns aside, the Highway 20 Brewery has evolved over the past 145ish years from Church to wedding chapel to the Holy Mackeral seafood restaurant.

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If you're road-tripping along Highway 20 along the stretch west of Chicago, about 30 miles past Freeport and 15 miles east of Galena, do yourself a favor and check out the vibrant town of Elizabeth. It has a lot to offer, including a fine and fun little nano-brewery.

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Owners Brian and Karen had taken their homebrewing skills to the next level when they left Chicago's southside for the countryside and smalltown charms of rural Illinois.

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Eight flavorful beers are on tap, with four rotating depending on the season.

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Taproom snacks are available, but it's also okay to bring food from outside. The recently opened Lola's Deli a block away offers a fine selection of subs and salads.

Live music on Saturday and Sunday afternoons draws a fun local and out-of-town crowd who enjoy the chilled backyard vibe.

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He's one E away from having the perfect name for this part-time gig; beertender Cole Havens pours pints and talks story to the local faithful and newly converted.

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I must confess that I had my doubts about Highway 20 Brewing, but after a fun few hours of sampling beer and music, I'm a true believer!

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Find more info and follow Highway 20 Brewery on Facebook. Cheers!

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