The Dish with Dee Dee: Hand of Fate
After 22 years as a funeral director, Mike Allison turned his passion into beer.
"Fate deals the cards, but we decide how to play them,” said Allison.
What was once an old Dollar General store in Petersburg has become the Hand of Fate Brewing Company.
The name of the business is a bow to a local legend involving Peter Lukins and George Warburton.
“They were notorious drinkers,” Allison notes, “When it came time to name the town, they started arguing.”
Legend has it, they played a hand of cards to decide who got naming rights.
“Obviously Peter Lukins won, because we’re not Georgetown.”
On the walls of the brewery, there are physical reminders of that story as well as pieces to highlight the town’s rich history.
"A lot of people say this doesn’t feel like Petersburg, coming in here,” Allison said.
Where else can you find random playing cards tucked in holes?
And the brews are just as memorable as the atmosphere.
Take the cream ale style brew called, “What the Fuzz” or the bicentennial beer, a Prairie State Farmhouse Ale called “1818.”
"We have 12 different beers on tap, all the time,” said Allison.
At the end of the day, he says, "I feel like I’m making a difference.”
“Creating something that somebody else loves is really a good feeling."
So grab a deck of cards and cheers to more beers!