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Save The Craft: Three Down, Two To Go UPDATED

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We know what you’re thinking right now, “SB754 has been signed in to law so what craft is left to be saved?”  And you’re right, SB754 is now the, “Law of the land,” as Governor Pat Quinn likes to say.  But there are still two unresolved issues to be worked out before craft beer self-distribution is put to bed for …

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Save the Craft: Gov. Quinn SIGNS SB754 Into Law

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It’s been a long process involving bills, amendments, arguments, testimony, disagreements and more than a little “what-if,” but finally Governor Pat Quinn signed SB754 into law this afternoon.  It could have sat on his desk into July, but why wait? We started Save the Craft in late February as a way to have the voice of three craft beer fans …

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Saving the Craft: Is Wisconsin Next?

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KARL: With SB754 just a signature away from becoming law, it would appear that this chapter of Save the Craft is coming to a close.  And truth be told, we Guys have been kinda looking forward to getting back to the Drinking Beer part of the site’s name, doing some reviews, setting up some vertical tastings and all that jazz.  …

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Save The Craft: The Gov And The Judge UPDATED

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The eyes of the craft beer community in Illinois are now on Governor Pat Quinn, who will decide both the future of craft beer growth in the state and the next steps in a federal lawsuit by brewing giant AB InBev. Over the weekend the Illinois Senate officially sent SB754 to Governor Quinn, who now has up 60 days to …

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Save The Craft: Two Down, Three To Go

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The passage of SB754 out of the Illinois House and Illinois Senate was a big step forward for small craft brewers who want to self-distribute in Illinois, but there are still two hurdles left be cleared.  One is of the legislative variety; the other two are judicial. First and foremost, SB754 still needs Governor Pat Quinn’s signature for it to …

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Save The Craft: SB754 OVERWHELMINGLY Passes The IL House

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With just over a week to go before the end of the legislative session the Illinois House overwhelmingly passed SB754 112-0-3. The measure now moves to the governor’s desk. Here’s a quick refresher on what this almost-law would do.  If a production brewery wants to self-distribute they would have to get a “Craft Brewer” license. To qualify for the license …

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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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