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Southern IL beer maker celebrates American craft beer week

DU QUOIN, IL (AP) -

A southern Illinois craft beer maker is celebrating American Craft Beer Week with a Mother's Day extravaganza.  

St. Nicholas Brewing Company in Du Quoin, Illinois says you're invited to raise a glass starting this weekend.

American Craft Beer Week is being observed all over the country from May 11 to May 17. 

Patricia Gross with the St. Nicholas Brewing Company said beer making is really picking up.

“Craft breweries in this country are enjoying a wonderful beer renaissance," Gross said. "I think there's 3500 craft breweries now, and we're excited to be a part of the movement.”

KFVS and other news outlets have reported how the craft beer industry is seeing some real growth, up 17 percent in 2014. A lot of people are becoming real beer connoisseurs, some even traveling to different beer tasting's and craft brewers.

It's something Gross wants to share with everyone.

“Reach out and how much fun you can have enjoying different kinds of beers and learning about beer," Gross said.

St. Nicholas is offering weekend specials to coincide with Mother's Day and local college graduations. A Mother's Day brunch is planned for Sunday, May 10 and a variety of specials, live music and graduation specials will be offered all week.  

For more information, check out www.stnicholasbrewco.com.

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