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Beer Distribution Is Big Business In Illinois

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PRESS RELEASE SPRINGFIELD, Ill/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Illinois beer industry ranks fifth in the nation in terms of its economic contribution to the state’s economy, that’s according to a report released by The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA).  The first of its kind study shows that distributor operations in Illinois provide 15,196 jobs totaling more than $1 billion in wages and …

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Parlez-vous Français? French Craft Brewers Hold A Pair Of Events Next Week In Chicago

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NOTE: Next week we’ll be posting reviews of two of the beers pouring on Monday and Tuesday, Pietra Colomba and Jenlain Blonde. PRESS RELEASE CHICAGO, IL – On Monday, February 11 and Tuesday, February 12, nine French brewers, including Armelle Sialelli of Brasserie Pietra and brewery representative Audrey Saint-Leger of Brasserie Jenlain, will visit Chicago, bringing their beers with them, …

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Goose Goes National

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PRESS RELEASE CHICAGO/PRNewswire/ — As a craft beer trailblazer, Goose Island is introducing four of its beers to consumers throughout the nation, showcasing the company’s brewing creativity and innovation. 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Honker’s Ale, India Pale Ale (IPA) and a rotating seasonal selection of Mild Winter, Summertime or Harvest Ale are now available on draught nationwide. Additionally, those same beers …

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Indiana May Be Next State To Recognize Craft Distillers – UPDATED

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***UPDATE*** Lawmakers in the Indiana House of Representatives voted 91-8-1 in favor of the legislation. The bill now moves to the Indiana Senate. ***END UPDATE*** We know lawmakers in Indiana have bent over backwards to help craft brewers in the state. Now they’re looking to help out – and recognize – craft distillers. House Bill 1293, which was introduced last …

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Rhodell Brewery In Peoria Is Adding New Equipment

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Rhodell Brewery, situated on Peoria’s riverfront, is adding new fermentation tanks – doubling the amount of beer the brewery can produce. The Peoria Journal Star reports the brewery will be adding a total of four new stainless-steel fermentation tanks and seven carbonation tanks. “We haven’t changed the business in 15 years, and all the statistics say it’s crying out for …

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Deschutes Has Big First Month In Illinois

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PRESS RELEASE CHICAGO, IL – Following its January 7 launch and market blitz, Deschutes Brewery along with distributor partner Wirtz Beverage Illinois announced today exceptional first month performance results selling more than 18,000 case equivalents to 1,800 customer accounts statewide. Additionally, more than 550 tap handles currently pour Deschutes Brewery’s premium craft ales. “We are thrilled by the volume results …

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Deschutes Has Come To Illinois. So, How Is It?

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Over the past month or two, the near-totality of beer press has revolved around the arrival of super popular West Coast brewery Deschutes. They’re from Portland! People adore their porter! We couldn’t previously get their beer without some serious travel or shipping costs so let’s freak out for just a bit! We’re equally to blame. We’ve covered the announcements, the …

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Chicago’s MillerCoors Cluster Of Distributors Lands Another Big Craft Brand; Boulevard

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It’s been a busy end of 2012, beginning of 2013  for the MillerCoors family of distributors in Chicago. First, the nine wholesalers closed out 2012 by adding craft powerhouse Dogfish Head and West Michigan staple New Holland. Today, the Chicago cluster is officially adding another Midwest craft brewer; Kansas City, MO based Boulevard Brewing. The brand was most recently repped …

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Pipeworks & Three Floyds Win Big In RateBeer’s Annual Awards

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Chicago-based Pipeworks cleaned house in RateBeer’s annual awards claiming the title for the top brewer and top new brewer in Illinois, top new brewer in the entire U S of A AND top new brewer IN THE WORLD, among other accolades, according to RateBeer reviewers. Three Floyds, meanwhile, placed in just about every style category possible. Below is the full …

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Review: New Glarus Coffee Stout

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New Glarus says: Hearty and satisfying, our Coffee Stout is the ultimate full-bodied brew. Wisconsin water, roasted malts, and imported hops are the natural ingredients we use to brew this bier. Then cold pressed organic coffee from Just Coffee Co-op is infused into the brew. New Glarus Coffee Stout American Stout, 5.75% ABV I sure do love me a good …

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