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Metropolitan Brewing Gets Some ABC Sitcom Love (Insert Laugh Track Here)

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While some of us are still stinging from the cancellation of the very-similar-yet-far-superior “Perfect Couples” earlier this season, “Happy Endings” on ABC has been picking up the slack. Since it’s set in Chicago, they (just like nearly every other TV show set in Chicago) typically get just about everything about the city wrong. Ever seen “My Boys?” You know what …

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Sparging the News: City Provisions, New Chicago Beer, Stone Pumpkin Collaboration

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When it merits, we will bring you the relevant, generally-Chicago-centric information about what you’ll be imbibing around town. Here’s what’s running through our Mash Tun of Information: New Chicago Brewing Not New Chicago Brewing Any More Alas, New Chicago Brewing, we hardly knew ye. And welcome, New Chicago Beer Company. The Rebranding Police must have made a stop at The …

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City Provisions, A Cherry Dunkelweiss & Homebrewing Meets the Masses

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KARL: We stopped by City Provisions in Ravenswood this week, taken in by the opportunity to drink a nanobrewed cherry dunkel weiss created in conjunction with the proprietor, Cleetus Friedman, and the folks at Flossmoor Brewing Company. We came in looking for beer. We left with the promise of future master-crafted “homebrewing” swirling through our heads. Let’s start with the …

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Brewery Terra Firma – GDB’s First Look (Part 2)

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The first post in this series can be found here. It probably seems a little silly on the face of it to be spending a lot of time looking at trees and grass and an old barn and talking about the beer that’ll come out of this place eventually. But you probably haven’t drank John Niedermaier’s beer.

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Brewery Terra Firma – GDB’s First Look (Part 1)

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The cool thing to do in restaurants for some time has been the farm-to-table movement, and in Traverse City, former Right Brain brewer John Niedermaier is currently building one of the first farm-to-kettle breweries. It may seem like a reaction to a trend, but this particular plan has been in the works for oh, around 20 years or so. We’ve …

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312 Heads East; We Get Mad, Then Calm Down (Somewhat)

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KARL: Goose Island is reminding me more and more of that documentary about Wilco, because it’s like they are trying to break our hearts. The graphic our friend Jeff mocked up in the hours after the GI/A-B announcement in March is looking more and more prophetic, isn’t it? I was sitting in a bar in Traverse City, Michigan Friday afternoon …

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A Very GDB “Summer Vacation”

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As you may have noticed, our posting frequency has gone WAY down in the past couple weeks. Between some various life rearrangements on the parts of a few of us here, we’re kind of on summer vacation. This is just a heads up to say that we’re still keeping an eye on the beer world but might not be posting …

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Watching Wisconsin: It Ain’t Over Yet

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KARL: We were feeling pretty bummed out about the lack of a veto for the Craft Beer motion in the recent Wisconsin budget bill. At least, until we saw this story from the Ashland Current, kindly passed along by New Glarus Brewing’s Facebook page. That social media, she sure is handy. Even though the new rules for craft beer wholesaling …

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Watching Wisconsin: No Veto

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KARL: Not much of an update today, but I wanted to get this out there regardless. Yesterday afternoon, Governor Scott Walker signed the Wisconsin budget into law, and that document did not include a veto of Motion 414, more commonly (at least in my head) called the Craft Beer Motion. A list of 50 vetos was distributed to the press …

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Watching Wisconsin: Would New Glarus’ Deb Carey Walk Away? “You Bet.”

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KARL: I’ve been reaching out to legislators on both sides for information on any changes to the amendment and to try and suss out whether or not the Wisconsin Veto might potentially get a workout as it pertains to the craft beer language we found last week. You can find the results of that outreach here, but I also reached …

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