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Legal Division Responds To Latest Brief In City Beverage Case; Opens Playbook

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The latest, and presumably last document, released in the ongoing City Beverage dispute before the Illinois Liquor Control Commission gives us a little more logic into the ILCC Legal Division’s stance on giving Anheuser-Busch- and its wholly owned subsidiary – the boot. The legal division has been adamant that the “Craft Brewer Act,” passed last year, prohibits a brewer from …

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Latest City Beverage Document Blasts ILCC Legal Division

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In what we imagine is the legal equivalent to pointing at your counterparts and yelling, “you suck,” attorneys for Wholesaler Equity Development Corporation or WEDCO took the Illinois Liquor Control Commission’s legal division to task in a recently released document (below) in the ongoing City Beverage dispute before The Commission. Here’s a snippet. We presume this is the last, if …

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Another Round Of Briefs Released In City Beverage Case

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The Illinois Liquor Control Commission, Wednesday, released a new set of documents related to the ongoing Anheuser-Busch, Wholesaler Equity Development Corporation (WEDCO) and City Beverage dispute. The two documents include a brief filed on behalf of the Miller distributors in Illinois and one filed by the Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois. Both are amicus briefs, which are filed by parties …

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Does Corn Get A Bad Rap As A Brewing Ingredient?

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If it makes a good beer I say go for it! – David Kelley, Head Brewer, Blue Nose Brewery After reading and writing some of our recent posts on two new Chicago breweries I noticed an unexpected similarity – the use of corn as an ingredient in their beers. Now, maybe my thinking is too old school and outdated, but …

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Brief Filed In City Beverage Case Calls For A Federal Investigation Into Anheuser-Busch

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The Illinois Liquor Control Commission has released three more documents pertaining to the citation against Illinois distributor City Beverage and one of them is a doozy. As we told you yesterday, the commission – earlier this week – released three other documents. The headliner this time around is an amicus brief from Wine and Spirits Distributors of Illinois (WSDI). For …

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New Docs Released In City Beverage Case

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The Illinois Liquor Control Commission, on Tuesday, released three more documents pertaining to the ongoing case of Anheuser-Busch, and its wholly owned subsidiary Wholesaler Equity Development Corporation or WEDCO’s, minority ownership and reported majority control of Illinois distributor City Beverage. The Illinois Liquor Control Commission sent a citation to City Beverage in June calling on Anheuser-Busch and WEDCO to divest …

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Great Lakes Brewing Coming To Central IL

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Cleveland based Great Lakes Brewing Company will be making its beers available soon in central Illinois. Starting October 1st, craft beer drinkers in cities like Peoria, Bloomington and Champaign will be able to get their hands on Great Lakes’ year-round offerings which include; Burning River Pale Ale, Commodore Perry IPA, Dortmunder Gold Lager, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter and Elliot Ness Amber …

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MO Based Anheuser-Busch Distributor Expanding Into IL

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We saw this in our news feed at the bottom of the site and thought it was worth its own post. Anheuser-Busch wholesaler Grey Eagle, which is based in Maryland Heights, Missouri, is buying Illinois Distributing Company. Illinois Distributing, also an AB wholesaler, is based across the river in Belleville, Illinois. While both are AB flagship distributors each has a …

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Falling Into Fall (Beers)

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If you followed our advice then you’re likely staring into an empty fridge that has been cleaned out of all of your summer favorites. No more Krankshaft, no more Oberon and no more Ruby Redbird. And if you didn’t follow our counsel, no biggie, but I bet you’ll start thinking about fall beers soon. Regardless of which camp you fall …

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