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WEDCO, Round TWO

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Just when you thought talking about business registration, regulations and tax law couldn’t get any more boring…it has. The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office just finished its first review in to claims that Anheuser-Busch InBev’s wholly owned subsidiary WEDCO – which holds a minority interest in the Chicago area and downstate distributor City Beverage – is breaking the law by …

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Stepping In To The Lion’s Den: I’m Speaking to the ABDI

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RYAN: As you read this I have most likely already begun my presentation; talking about breweries, farm-to-table brewpubs and why guys that have trucks with “Budweiser” on them should give a damn. Today, I am speaking before the Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois. A number of people will be speaking after me. They’re experts, consultants and attorneys. They know their …

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Save The Craft: Anheuser-Busch InBev; The Response Is In

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We received word late yesterday that Anheuser-Busch InBev has formally responded to the Illinois Secretary of State’s inquiry in to the brewing giant’s wholly owned subsidiary, Wholesaler Equity Development Corporation – or WEDCO. WEDCO currently owns a 30% stake in the Chicago area and downstate distributor City Beverage. The state is now reviewing A-B InBev’s response and will issue an …

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2012’s New Beer Resolutions

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A new year is a new opportunity to not just spend too much money on a gym membership you won’t use in 3 weeks or buy a bunch of quit-smoking patches that’ll just give you a ton of weird dreams (seriously, they make sleepin’ craaaaazy) – it’s a good time to reassess what one might have done over the past …

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Save The Craft: An ILCC Update

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It’s term paper day, of sorts, at the Illinois Commerce Commission. Today, responses are due from the parties who attended last month’s hearing before the Illinois Liquor Control Commission to determine if Anheuser-Busch can keep it’s 30-percent stake in Chicago area distributor City Beverage. We previewed the hearing here and detailed the bombshell dropped during the hearing here. I know …

We’re Calling It: Lincoln Avenue is Chicago’s Best Drinking Street

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With the recent opening of the Barrelhouse Flat at Lincoln & Wrightwood, we got to thinking – is there a better street in Chicago for quality drinking than Lincoln Avenue? While it’s probably safe to say that the best street for quantity drinking is Clark Street between Belmont and Irving, notably all those magnificent macro-pourers that live and die by …

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A-B, WEDCO & Illinois

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As beer-industry bombshells go, a pretty substantial one  was dropped during a hearing last Wednesday involving Anheuser-Busch, distributors in Illinois and the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. We told you about the hearing last week, but to quickly recap, it was held to discuss A-B’s 30% stake in City Beverage, which is made up for four distributors (Chicago, Markham, Arlington Heights …

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Yup, There’s Still Unfinished Business

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What? There’s more? Wasn’t this put to bed over the summer when the Illinois General Assembly passed, and the governor signed, SB 754? Actually, no. Self distribution, craft brewers licenses and the barrel production limits to be considered a craft brewer in the state that came along with the aforementioned legislation was actually a by-product of a much larger debate …

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Sparging The News: Galactic is Back, Fountainhead Gets Wet, Two Brothers Take Over

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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: Way before the nation went Canadian Breakfast Stout crazy, the city of Chicago went mildly mad for Galactic Daisy Cutter, a specialty Half Acre brew “jam packed with sticky Galaxy hops” that sold …

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