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Lazy Magnolia Brewing is Coming to Illinois Next Month, Y’all

In Beer News by Ryan

Multiple distributors have confirmed to Guys Drinking Beer that four beers from Lazy Magnolia Brewing will hit store shelves and tap handles in Illinois as soon as mid-June.


Downstaters will see them first, as soon as June 12th, and Chicago-area craft beer drinkers should be able to get their hands on Lazy Magnolia’s beers by mid-July.

The brewery, which quietly announced in January it would be coming to Chicago, will be launching with RJ Distributing in central Illinois and the OneIllinois MillerCoors cluster of nine wholesalers in the Chicago area. We’re still working to confirm the Quad Cities and southern Illinois distributor for Lazy Magnolia.

In total, four beers will be making their way here including:

  • Southern Pecan (six-pack and draft); a beer which Karl once described as pouring, “a nice tan with nut notes on the aroma and a lighter heft than I’m used to from this type of brown ale.”
  • Southern Hops’pitality (six-pack and draft); described by the brewer as a session IPA even though it clocks in at 6% ABV.
  • Song of the South (draft only); a 3.2% ABV Berliner Weisse.
  • Timber Beast (4 packs only); a rye IPA which Lazy Magnolia calls, “A spicy, full-bodied, rye pale ale balanced with a generous dose of Zythos hops.

We don’t have any details yet on Chicago launch events, but we do know there are some tap takeovers and launch parties planned in central Illinois beginning June 12th.

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Equal parts beer nerd and policy geek, Ryan is now the curator of the Guys Drinking Beer cellar. The skills he once used to dig through the annals of state government as a political reporter are now put to use offering unique takes on barrel-aged stouts, years-old barleywines and 10 + year verticals.