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The Legal Battle Over IL Distributor City Beverage Finally Comes To A Close

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With a few flicks of a pen today, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed HB 2606 into law effectively ending Anheuser-Busch’s minority ownership — and majority control — over distributor City Beverage. The legislation, approved overwhelmingly by the Illinois House and Senate during the spring legislative session, would prohibit a brewer from owning a distributor. Introduced in February, the bill specifically …

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A Perennial Dinner, Times Two

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For the most part, we avoid beer dinners. They’re often quite predictable — a stout paired with a chocolate lava cake, again? — and very rarely do the beers intrigue us. That is not the case tonight, however. When a Michelin-recommended restaurant partners with an emerging brewery for an evening, it promises something a little above and beyond the standard fare. …

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From The Cellar: Atwater VJ Black 2011

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Atwater says: “A huge Imperial Stout based on our best seller. Thick, Black as Tar and Brewed with 6 different malts and Barley flakes and Magnum Hops. The rest is a secret.” Atwater VJ Black Russian Imperial Stout, 11% ABV Sayeth the Guys: FRESH  RYAN: I have had an up and down relationship with the inspiration for this beer, Atwater’s …

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From The Cellar: Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout 2010-2011

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Goose Island says: “Everyday Goose Island smells the wonderful coffee roasting next to our brewery at Chicago’s Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea. This world-class roaster puts the same passion and skill into their coffee as Goose Island does with its beer. This excellent stout is made with a different coffee from our friends next door each year. With the change in …

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From the Cellar: Arcadia Cereal Killer Barleywine 2007

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Arcadia Says: “Brewed in the traditional English style of Barleywines, Cereal Killer is an explosion of full-bodied, malty goodness. Huge syrupy flavors flow over caramel, toffee, molasses and toasty notes. All these rich malt flavors are balanced out nicely by just the right amount of citrus-like hoppy bitterness. A high alcohol content makes this a beer for the cellar. As …

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From The Cellar: New Glarus Unplugged Imperial Saison 2009

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New Glarus says: “Our Imperial Saison captured a bold celebratory shout of apricot and peach in a bottle. Both bright and bold this is a lively truly living beer. Bottle conditioned with rare Belgian yeast and soured to illuminate its copper hued body. Ginger and Grains of Paradise promiscuously dance with Styrian Golding hops.” New Glarus Unplugged Imperial Saison Saison, …

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Review: Goose Island Allium Roseus and the 1%

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It’s interesting when you think about the level of hype that gets built around certain beers. For example, tell people that they can only buy a certain Russian Imperial Stout one day of the year, and some people build a holiday around it. Tell others that their local beer store will only be getting X bottles of a certain beer, …

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Review: Sprecher Russian Imperial Stout

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Sprecher says: “Once brewed in Britain for the Russian Czars, this tremendously rich and thick ale uses a profusion of burnt and caramel malts. A massive mouthful of dark roasted malt and coffee flavors finishes with hints of chocolate, caramel & licorice.” Specher Russian Imperial Stout Russian Imperial Stout, 8.5% ABV (Editors Note: This review and several of the ones …

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Review: 21st Amendment Monk’s Blood

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21st Amendment says: “21st Amendment founders Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan traveled to Belgium to develop the recipe for this special beer, visiting small, traditional breweries in the hop fields of west Flanders, not far from the famous Trappist abbey of Westvletren. Monk’s Blood is designed to pair beautifully with rich winter stews, creamy cheeses, unctuous desserts or just by …

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Summer’s Getting Shorts-er Cellar Review: Short’s Anniversary Ale 2009

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Short’s says: “Anniversary 2009 is a wheat wine with multicolor peppercorns, corriander, orange peel, blood orange zest and 225 lbs of blood oranges.” Short’s Anniversary Ale 2009 Wheatwine, 11.7% ABV Sayeth the Guys: FRESH Karl: I have a pretty firm grasp on the different distinctions between beer styles thus far, but I still confuse the concept of “wheat wine” versus …

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