Compiled by Jon Weaving – jweaving@illinoisouth.org

The newest attraction in Belleville is the brainchild of Tyler Renner, who describes Escape 618 as “A real-life Clue Game adventure.” The goal is to get your friends, family, co-workers or other collaborators to work together and use each other’s strengths to quickly solve puzzles that advance the storyline to beat the room. Entering the lobby feels like walking into a play where you’re immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of your adventure. And you have an hour to beat the room!

Several scenarios are offered from kid and family-friendly to more ghoulish and scary. Reservations are required and are taken online (www.escape618.com). The reservation form asks about the ages and make-up of your group to help choose the right atmosphere and game to play, along with your preferred day and time. This is a great way to entertain friends or relatives coming for the holidays when there’s a lull in the feasting or gift opening. Located at 102 E. Main St., Belleville, escape618.com, and on Facebook.

Red Bud celebrated the opening of Lieferbrau Brewery located in a renovated building in the heart of downtown. The Liefer family has been farming and growing grain in Randolph County for four generations. Now the Liefer siblings and their spouses, brothers Kirk & Stephanie, Kent & Karen and Kris & Danielle and sister Kara (Liefer) and Ray Wagner have worked for the past two years to make their dream a reality.

Head Brewer, Kris Liefer, makes a German-style beer in a five-barrel system on the upper level. Twelve different beers are available along with craft cocktails and high end bourbon. Patrons are welcome to bring in food from home or from one of the local restaurants. They keep menus on hand for just that reason. Hours: Wed. & Thurs. 4-10 pm; Fri. & Sat. Noon-11pm; Sun. Noon-6 pm. Check Facebook for special events and updates. 118 E. Market St., 618-967-0804, Facebook.