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“Major Chain” Brewpub Coming To Chicago’s Ravenswood Neighborhood?

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Center Square Journal reports, this morning, on re-development news that is equal parts mysterious, intriguing and exciting. A “major chain” brewpub is in the works along Lawrence Avenue near Ravenswood. “Ald. Pawar brought the most mysterious news, as he announced that an unnamed “major chain” plans to open a brew pub near Lawrence and Ravenswood Aves. Pressed for further details …

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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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Boatyard Brewing Gets Green Light In Kalamazoo

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We’ve long thought of Kalamazoo, MI as a stop along the way when drawing up beer trips in Michigan. Bell’s Eccentric Cafe is always a must-visit, as is Olde Peninsula in the fall to snag a growler of their pumpkin ale. But these visits were just that, a stop along the way en route to somewhere else – Dark Horse …

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Town And Country Distributors Shut Out At GABF; Win At Diageo Convention

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Itasca, Illinois based Town and Country Distributors – a finalist for Craft Beer Distributor of the Year – walked away empty-handed at this weekend’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. But, the wholesaler didn’t go o-fer for the weekend. They won a Golden Bar Award at the annual Diageo Convention. Town and Country, who we highlighted last week after …

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Deschutes Coming To Illinois In 2013

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According to the release below Deschutes is the first get for Wirtz Beverage’s new “craft beer team,” and it’s a biggie. Deschutes’ beers entering the Chicago market, and all of Illinois, include Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Chainbreaker White IPA and the wildly popular Black Butte Porter. You can find all of the above in six …

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Big Chicago One Step Closer To Brewing

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The owners of the now closed Flatlander’s Restaurant and Brewery in Lincolnshire finally have the green light to move forward with their new brewery; Big Chicago Brewing Company. According to the Lake County News-Sun, the Zion City Council recently approved a special use permit paving the way for the brewery to open in the historic Warwick Building. “According to the …

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IL Brewers Bring Home 9 Medals From GABF

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Illinois, and the Chicago area in particular, had a strong showing at this weekends Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. Here are the winners from the Land of Lincoln (and one neighbor from Indiana): – Category: 3 Fruit Beer, 58 Entries Bronze: Strawberry Blonde Ale, DESTIHL, Normal, IL – Category: 4 Fruit Wheat Beer, 38 Entries Bronze: 5 Lizard …

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No Decision & No Deadline For A Decision In City Beverage Case

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Thursday’s Illinois Liquor Control Commission hearing came and went without a decision on the fate of Illinois distributor City Beverage. On October 1st and 2nd the Commission met both publicly and privately to discuss the citation against City Beverage for allegedly violating the Illinois Liquor Control Act. Those watching the case were hoping for an announcement, and subsequent vote, on …

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IL Wholesaler Among Finalists For Craft Beer Distributor Of The Year

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On Saturday, at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado, the Craft Beer Distributor of The Year will be announced. And among the 20 finalists, is Itasca, Illinois wholesaler Town and Country Distributors. The National Beer Wholesalers Association and Brewers Association team up for the annual award which, “recognizes an American beer distributor who goes above and beyond in …

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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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