Tours available on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, beginning at 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Tours are $10 per person and include 4 tastings at the end of the tour and St. Nick glass to take home!

Reservations are required by noon on the Friday before. You may call (618-790-9212) or email ( to reserve. Arrangements for large tours may be made on different days by request. 


About the Brewmaster

James McCoy

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Originally from Homewood, Illinois, James first moved to Southern Illinois to study Psychology at SIU. Throughout his time in Carbondale, he learned more about brewing beer after receiving a home brew kit for Christmas in 2009. A hobby turned into obsession, and soon James was building his own equipment and drafting recipes. James met other home brewers in the area who shared his passion, and the Southern Illinois Brewers Club was soon formed.

Through other members in the club James was introduced to the St. Nicholas Brewing Company team. He got on board with the St. Nick early on, and while the building was being reconstructed, James moved north to attend Siebel Institute of Technology to learn proper professional brewing techniques. In addition to spending time at the Institute, James helped out at small breweries to gain hands-on experience and learn as much as possible. Now after four and a half years passion and dedication, James has turned his one-time hobby into a career at the St. Nicholas Brewing Company. We could not be more thankful to have him!