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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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(Belated) Earth Day and Beer: Bring On the Mini-Keg!

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KARL: When it comes to “drinking green,” we’d like you to first put aside all thoughts of whatever terrible swill you may or may not have ingested around St. Patrick’s Day.  Sure, we maybe have missed Earth Day by a full weekend, but we figured it might be high time anyway to acknowledge and further request a couple of the …

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Sparging the News, Saving the Craft: How Indiana Handles Craft Brewery Legislation

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KARL: Far be it from me to agree with just about anything Indiana does ever, but they do seem to know a thing or two about handling their craft brewing scene.  The  Times of Northwest Indiana reported recently that Three Floyds was creeping in on the current 20,000 barrel limit for microbreweries. According to BeerNews.org, in Indiana that designation comes …

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Save The Craft: The Beer Philosopher Weighs In

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Shawn Connelly, a craft beer ambassador in southern Illinois writes, well, a lot of things.  He has his own beer blog, The Beer Philosopher, and he writes about beer styles for Beer Connoisseur Magazine.  He’s also the guy behind the Aleuminati, “the (not so) secret society of better beer drinkers.”  And he’s also been on top of the fight over …

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Save The Craft: Goliath Is Getting Bigger

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Updated 4/20/11 to include former State Rep. Coy Pugh,  former House Democratic staffer Liz Brown, Barbara Staples King and Jennifer Morrison. A little over a month ago we told you about the “Anheuser-Busch Bill” and some of the players that factored in to the legislation. There is still no language for the bill, but insiders say A-B could make a …

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Save The Craft: Connecting The Dots UPDATED

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What started as a somewhat promising week in the Illinois legislature ended with a disappointing fizzle. A new senate bill was introduced, amended and cleared committee but was stalled on the Senate floor. The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild was against it while the Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois were in favor of it. We’ve previously broken down why these two …

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