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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 …

Decision On City Beverage Case Could Come As Soon As Today…

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Or a decision may not be rendered until the Commission’s next regular meeting on October 11th in Springfield. The Commission went into executive session today to mull over Monday’s testimony, according to an ILCC spokesperson. Once they reach a decision it will have to be ratified at a public hearing later this month. According to a source at yesterday’s hearing …

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It’s Decision Day In The City Beverage Case – UPDATED X3

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LATE AFTERNOON UPDATE Both sides are wrapping up their closing arguments this afternoon. It does not appear the Commission will reach a decision today, which means they’ll be back in tomorrow morning to issue a ruling. Depending on the decision the next move for Anheuser-Busch could be an all-out lobbying offensive during the upcoming legislative session to change state law …

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Worth A Visit; Lager Jam 2 At Mahoney’s

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There are two things the three of us here at GuysDrinkingBeer unapologetically love; beer (obvious) and sausages (maybe not as obvious). So anytime a bar is willing to pair the two together we’ll back it 100%. That explains why we think it might be worth your time to swing by Mahoney’s in Noble Square Saturday for their 2nd annual Lager …

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