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Destihl To Open Production Brewery Soon

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A central Illinois brewery that’s gained national attention for its sours, and recently took home a bronze medal in the fruit beer category from the Great American Beer Festival, will soon be making its beers available to craft beer fans who aren’t a hop, skip and a jump away from to its brewpubs in both Normal, IL and Champaign, IL. …

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The Cow, The WHOLE Cow & Nothing But The Cow…& 3 Floyds

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If your stomach lining has had enough time to repair itself after Saturday’s Malort Night at Paddy Long’s, then maybe you should make plans to head to Andersonville on Sunday November, 11th for the Whole Cow event at Hopleaf – which sounds every bit as awesome as you might imagine. Basically, Hopleaf takes a cow – the whole thing – …

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IL Homebrew Legislation Gaining Local & National Support

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The suburban Chicago lawmaker sponsoring legislation to allow homebrewers to showcase their beers at festivals in Illinois now has over a dozen homebrew clubs and the American Homebrewers Association in his corner. The legislation, as proposed, would tweak the Illinois Liquor Control Act to allow homebrew to be entered into festivals and competitions. The bill also goes to great lengths …

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“Major Chain” Brewpub Coming To Chicago’s Ravenswood Neighborhood?

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Center Square Journal reports, this morning, on re-development news that is equal parts mysterious, intriguing and exciting. A “major chain” brewpub is in the works along Lawrence Avenue near Ravenswood. “Ald. Pawar brought the most mysterious news, as he announced that an unnamed “major chain” plans to open a brew pub near Lawrence and Ravenswood Aves. Pressed for further details …

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Legislation To Help MI Beer & Liquor Retailers Clears First Hurdle

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A bill that would require the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to issue a conditional liquor license to retailers who are waiting for their full application to be approved recently passed the Michigan House and awaits action in the Senate. The Michigan legislature is back today after an extended break. The bill, while admittedly devoid of bells and whistles, would be …

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Boatyard Brewing Gets Green Light In Kalamazoo

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We’ve long thought of Kalamazoo, MI as a stop along the way when drawing up beer trips in Michigan. Bell’s Eccentric Cafe is always a must-visit, as is Olde Peninsula in the fall to snag a growler of their pumpkin ale. But these visits were just that, a stop along the way en route to somewhere else – Dark Horse …

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Review: The Bruery Tart Of Darkness

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The Bruery says: “We brewed a stout (no, not Black Tuesday, this one is only 5% abv if you can believe it), but we then decided to throw it into oak barrels…and added our special blend of souring bacterias and yeasts. The result is a perfectly tart yet awesomely dark and roasty sour stout. Not a style you see too …

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Town And Country Distributors Shut Out At GABF; Win At Diageo Convention

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Itasca, Illinois based Town and Country Distributors – a finalist for Craft Beer Distributor of the Year – walked away empty-handed at this weekend’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. But, the wholesaler didn’t go o-fer for the weekend. They won a Golden Bar Award at the annual Diageo Convention. Town and Country, who we highlighted last week after …

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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 …