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Legislation To Help MI Beer & Liquor Retailers Clears First Hurdle

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A bill that would require the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to issue a conditional liquor license to retailers who are waiting for their full application to be approved recently passed the Michigan House and awaits action in the Senate. The Michigan legislature is back today after an extended break. The bill, while admittedly devoid of bells and whistles, would be …

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Growler Fill Bill Introduced In MI Senate

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Being big fans of beer produced in the Mitten state, we like to check in on legislative happenings there on occasion and happened across a bill that caught our eye; Senate Bill 1290. The legislation would allow for growler fills at more establishments in Michigan, something we – and I would suspect the vast majority of us craft beer fans …

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Illinois Homebrew Legislation Filed In IL House

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State Representative Keith Farnham (D-Elgin) has formally introduced legislation to allow Illinois homebrewers to showcase their beers at festivals. Homebrewers in the state have been doing this for years, but this year the Illinois Liquor Control Commission began cracking down on the practice saying the Illinois Liquor Control Act prohibits homebrew from being shared outside of the home. Here is …

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Suburban State Rep Working On IL Homebrew Legislation

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Tucked away in a Southtown Star article is some rather significant news about a push by homebrewers in Illinois to showcase their beer at festivals across the state. It’s something they’ve been doing for years – up until this year – when the Illinois Liquor Control Commission started cracking down on the practice citing laws that are currently on the …

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Beer Industry Compensation Act Signed Into Law

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the Beer Industry Compensation Act into law Monday. The Act, also known as SB 3399, was the only piece of substantial beverage industry related legislation to pass both the Illinois House and Illinois Senate during a relatively slow spring legislative session. According to bill’s synopsis it lowers the threshold for compensation when a brewer and …

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Will Indiana’s Beer Laws Keep Up With Three Floyds Growth?

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There was an interesting article last week in The Times of Northwest Indiana profiling superstar brewery Three Floyds, its elusive beers and the breweries projected growth in the next two years. The article included an interesting tidbit about Three Floyds expected production this year and next (emphasis added): “Three Floyds brewed roughly 20,000 barrels last year (one barrel is 31 …

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Beer Politics: IL Legislative Wrapup

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The turning over of the calendar to June has signaled the end of the Spring legislative session in Illinois. Lawmakers wrapped up their work, generally speaking, Thursday night. While this session closed without any earth-shattering legislation impacting the beverage industry heading to the governor’s desk, there were a number of proposals run up the flag pole over the last few …

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Beer Politics: The Zombie Bill

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There is a bill that has been on the fringe of our radar all legislative session, dealing with local liquor control commission’s and their authority to shut down an unruly establishment. The bill has remained on the fringe because it keeps getting shot down. But, Just like a good zombie thriller this bill keeps coming back – and now it’s …

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Beer Politics: IL Legislative Roundup

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5/24 UPDATE (in bold) It’s looking like this legislative session in Springfield is probably going to lack a blockbuster piece of legislation that will alter the landscape for brewers in the state. And, frankly, we’re okay with that after last year’s marathon Save The Craft coverage. That being said, there are still plenty of bills to keep tabs on and …

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Beer Politics: “3 Floyds Amendment” Signed In To Law

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In a scurried attempt to play catchup on an intriguing piece of legislation in Michigan last week, we totally missed the fact that Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed HB 1054 in to law. That bill, if you recall, includes the “3 Floyds Amendment.” That section of the legislation allows small brewers in Indiana to brew more beer and still be …

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Review: Wynkoop Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout

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Wynkoop says: A meaty foreign-style stout, Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is made with Colorado base malts, roasted barley, seven specialty malts, Styrian Goldings hops, and 25 pounds of freshly sliced and roasted bull testicles. Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is an assertive, viscous stout with a rich brown/black color, a luscious mouthfeel and deep flavors of chocolate, espresso and nuts. The beer sports …

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