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HopCat Expanding East

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HopCat, a Grand Rapids, Michigan beer bar that consistently finds itself on RateBeer’s top 50 Best Beer Bars list, was rated the #3 Beer Bar on Planet Earth by Beer Advocate magazine and the #2 Beer Bar in America by CraftBeer.com is opening a second location in East Lansing AND building a brewpub in Lansing. While the Lansing area is …

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Review: Indio

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Indio says: “A Lager-type beer with an amber hue and a distinctive light caramel-malt taste.” Indio American Dark Lager, 4.1% ABV *This beer was provided by the brewer for the purpose of a review. Karl: As Mexican lagers go, honestly, they’re not my favorite style. Even when I was younger and my drinking tastes tended towards macros, everyone at the …

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Grand Rapids Breweries Collaborate On Pumpkin Beer

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Eleven breweries in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area are all offering up their take on one of our fall favorites starting this week; a pumpkin beer. But this isn’t just any pumpkin beer – it’s a Grand Pumpkin – part of a collaboration series celebrating the city’s “Beer City USA” title, which it shares with Asheville, North Carolina. The first …

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Southern IL Soda Maker Tries Its Hand At Beer

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A soda maker best known for the citrus flavored soda Ski and nine other kinds of pop, sold in real glass bottles, is making a run at the beer business. According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch’s “Hip Hops” blog, Excel Bottling Company began its brewing operation – as Excel Brewery – on September 26th. [T]his month [Excel Brewery] released …

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St. Louis’ Six Row Brewing Company Coming To Chicago

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A brewery we first introduced Chicagoans to during our one-time-only Chicago Craft Beer Week event, “South of 80,” has officially inked a deal to bring its beers to Chicago full-time. Six Row Brewing Company’s beers will begin heading out to bars and retailers beginning in early December. Six Row was one of four breweries located in downstate Illinois and St. …

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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 …