2014 Illinois Legislative Roundup

Lawmakers, on Thursday, adjourned for spring break and won’t return to the statehouse until April 29th. Here’s a look at where bills pertaining to the beverage industry stand heading into to the final month of the spring legislative session.

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Note: We’ll update this post as the bills listed below advance or others are introduced or amended. Updates will be in bold.

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Inside the Brew: Yeast 101 With Omega Yeast Labs

We here at Guys Drinking Beer love to trumpet our local breweries; particularly those operating on small scales. But what about the people behind the beer? Or perhaps, more accurately, the people behind the ingredients in the beer?

Lance Shaner is one of those people. He runs Omega Yeast Labs, where we imagine he runs around in a long, white lab coat with a beaker in one hand and a craft beer in the other. We talked with Lance about how he got his start, why fresh yeast matters and Omega Yeast’s big breakthrough creating hybrid yeast strains.

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Founders Brewing is Making a Change: Glunz is Out and Lakeshore is in

New Lakeshore Beverage CEO J.R. Hand has wasted little time beefing up the craft beer portfolio of the newly merged City Beverage and River North Beer. Multiple sources have confirmed that Founders Brewing is leaving its current wholesaler, Louis Glunz Beer Inc, for Lakeshore.

photo courtesy @chicagobars

photo courtesy @chicagobars

The move will be effective once Glunz depletes its inventory of Founders beer, according to a source.

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Brewery Handoff: Ten Ninety Acquires Big Chicago

Ten Ninety Imperial Porter

Ten Ninety Imperial Porter

If 2012-2013 saw the expansion of the brewing balloon, 2014 and forward will probably see some of those breweries go through shakeouts, acquisitions, ownership transfers, outright sales and other ways of handing off a lot of stainless steel. One of those was announced to us over the weekend, with Ten Ninety taking over Zion’s Big Chicago Brewing.
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Brewers and Drinkers Gather This Weekend for First Ever “Illinois Suburban Brewers Summit”

Ale to the Burbs, a group of suburban beer bloggers and Nevin’s Brewing Company are teaming up to put on the 1st annual “Illinois Suburban Brewers Summit.” The event is this Saturday, March 8th, at Nevin’s Brewing Company (12337 South Route 59, Plainfield) and — yes — there will be beer.

The idea is to get suburban brewers, who are fairly spread out, together to talk about the industry, the Chicago-area market and future collaborations. We reached out to the beer writers behind Ale to the Burbs to find out more about the event, why city beer drinkers should care what suburban brewers are doing and what’s going to be pouring at the event (spoiler alert: Nevin’s tap list looks ridiculous). Below are answers conjured up by Jeremy Teel of SubBeerBia, Kevin Bastian of Pour Man Beer, and Eric Woodruff of Blah Blah Beer.

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