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Save The Craft: SB754 In The IL House Executive Committee

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This morning the Illinois House Executive Committee is scheduled to take up the issue of craft beer distribution in Illinois. SB754, which overwhelmingly passed the Illinois Senate and currently has 56 co-sponsors in the Illinois House, would create a “Craft Brewer” license in Illinois and would lay out guidelines of who can and who cannot self-distribute their beer in the …

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Save THEIR Craft: Big Muddy Brewing

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Scanning the roster we obtained of a mid-February meeting discussing the fate of craft brewers rights to self-distribute in Illinois was like looking down a list of who’s-who in the world of brewing.  Anheuser-Busch was represented by three of their own lobbyists and three contract lobbyists.  MillerCoors had a seat at the table too.  So did people representing the Associated …

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Save The Craft: A Familiar Tale From Texas

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We posted this yesterday to Twitter but wanted to give this story a little more room to breathe here on the site.  It seems that Texas is having similar problems to us Illinoisans in a concurrent battle with Anheuser-Busch. According to TexasWatchdog.org, A-B is mounting a similar fight against craft brewers in the Lone Star State.    Bill HB602 is described …

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The A-B Empire Strikes Back

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On Friday, May 6th, Anheuser-Busch’s attorney’s filed a motion in federal court asking Judge Robert Dow Jr. to extend the stay on his decision regarding a lawsuit over distribution rights in Illinois.  A-B will formally present this motion on May 27th. You are probably sick of reading the background on this issue, but just in case this is the first …

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Save The Craft: A Deadline Looms

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Friday marks the deadline for Senate bills that have passed that chamber to be approved by an Illinois House committee. As it stands today SB754 remains in the Rules Committee, which is the starting point for every piece of legislation that goes through the House. The committee is made up of five members. Four of those five members support the …

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SB754 Co-Sponsors UPDATED (X4)

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(Editors Note: So trying to cover this, essentially, in real time didn’t go as well as we had planned.  Initially, as you likely saw, lawmakers that had distributors in their districts or had received decent to significant amounts of money from the Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois had signed on in support of SB754.  That led us to one conclusion …

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Save The Craft: SB754 In The Illinois House

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After clearing the Illinois Senate with overwhelming support, the bill that will shape the future of craft beer in Illinois is now in the hands of lawmakers in the Illinois House. The first order of business is to find a sponsor for the legislation. State Sen. Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) carried the load in the Senate. In the House those duties …

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SB754 PASSES Overwhelmingly (Updated)

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The IL Senate just voted 48-1-3 to pass Senate Bill 754, which helps define a craft brewer and a brewpub as well as retaining self distribution rights for microbrewers across Illinois.  The bill still has to pass the House as well as get the governor’s signature, but the overwhelming support for this bill certainly indicates that it’s well on its …

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Save The Craft: Picking Up Where We Left Off

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A little over two weeks ago the future of craft beer in Illinois rested in the hands of the Illinois Senate. Senate Bill 754 was positioned for a vote in the “upper chamber” but was never called for third reading before senators ducked out for a two week spring break. Lawmakers are due back in Springfield today with a looming …

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Save THEIR Craft: Rolling Meadows Brewery

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In central Illinois there exists, what we would consider, a craft beer desert. Sure, you can find beer from the likes of Schlafly and Boulevard – two Missouri based breweries – on store shelves and on tap at bars, but there is no local brewery or brewpub in the state’s capitol of Springfield. In fact, in order to find locally …

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