Once the COVID-19 pandemic is over you are going to want to get out of the house. Whatever you prefer to throwback, Galena has something for you. Galena is a small town with A LOT of personality, which comes through in all the local watering holes and coffee shops. Whether you are looking for something unique to Galena or a favorite beverage, there are options for all tastes.
Brewed & Distilled in Galena
If you love craft beer, Galena can deliver. In the middle of the bustling Main Street, the Galena Brewing company has 12 of their own delicious brewed beers on tap, including their popular flagship beers as well as seasonal options. They also have a great pub menu and live music on the weekends.
The two Blaum brothers distill their whiskey, bourbon, gin, vodka right in the heart of Galena. If you are interested in the behind-the-scenes process, they have tours that take you through the art of distilling. If you are there to relax and have a delicious cocktail, their tasting room and cocktail bar is the place to be.
Vineyards & Wineries Abound
Who knew award-winning wine could come from the Midwest? We did! Because of its unique geographic and topographic environment, Galena Country is in the lower portion of the Upper Mississippi River Valley American Viticultural Area. According to Visit Galena, that makes it the ideal location to grow Marechal Foch, St. Croix, and Frontenac grapes.
Wine lovers take note there are annual events you won’t want to miss. Sip and savor your way through the 13th annual Grand Tasting event while choosing from over 250 wines at Wine Lovers Weekend rescheduled for September 18-20, 2020. But don’t worry if you can’t wait, you can always make plans to attend Corkless in Galena on June 27, 2020. Corkless in Galena is a festival celebrating great wines produced by Illinois wineries. In addition to wine tastings, the festival includes an art exhibit, food, and great music. If you are craving a vintage to get you through the holidays, Galena Cellars also has a weekend-long celebration in November for their annual release of Le Beaujolais Nouveau. The Galena Nouveau Wine weekend has been a tradition for many years. It is an event not to miss!
Take in the spectacular view of Galena Cellars vineyard and see how their wines are crafted on the vineyard tour, located just six miles from downtown Galena. Or you can enjoy one of their award-winning wines in the tasting room, or on their beautiful, shaded patio, located on Main Street, just inside the flood gates.
Fegedaboutit Winery located just a short jaunt from Galena in Hanover, Illinois, is a boutique winery that has won several medals in Illinois state wine competitions. Stop by to experience an afternoon of tasting fine Illinois wines, friendship, hospitality and beautiful views of their vineyard and surrounding countryside.
Massbach Ridge is another local winery that is sure to have something for any wine lover. The Massbach Ridge Vineyard is just a short drive from Galena if you want to take in the sights and do a tour, or you can try all their amazing wines at their cozy tasting room on Main Street in Galena.
Imbibe and Relax at these Unique Hot Spots
Galena has plenty of other options to enjoy a glass or pint. While these establishments might not produce alcohol brands, they offer unique atmospheres and a wide variety of beverages to enhance your adult night out. Whatever your type of fun is, you will find it one of these Galena establishments.
Frank O’Dowd’s is an authentic Irish pub located in the Irish Cottage, a boutique hotel. The pub décor features rich oaks and mahoganies, etched glass, and hand-painted murals that were designed and crafted in Ireland. You will feel like you are hanging out in the Irish countryside. Their vast selection of beers from Ireland, as well as domestic, make it the perfect place for a pint. Or a whiskey, if that is your thing.
If you are a sports nut, The Summit Food & Spirits is the place for you. Located at Chestnut Mountain Resort, The Summit is the perfect place to unwind with a beer, cocktail, or glass of wine and catch a game on one of their 14 TVs. If your team isn’t playing, the views of the mighty Mississippi River valley will help you to relax.
Miss Kitty’s Grape Escape is an eclectic Galena Main Street wine and martini lounge. Here they can pour a fine glass of wine or whip you up a fun cocktail with their long list of martini options. In addition to their great drink selection, they also host live music on the weekends.
If you are looking for something a little tamer and with more caffeine, Galena can help you with that too. Main Street Galena is home to some quaint coffee shops that are sure to satisfy any coffee lover’s palette. Mean Bean Roasters has gourmet coffee where you can combine multiple flavors to create a unique blend. And Kaladi’s Coffee Bar has been brewing up the perfect cup of coffee for 15 years. You really can’t go wrong with either of them.