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Stepping In To The Lion’s Den: I’m Speaking to the ABDI

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RYAN: As you read this I have most likely already begun my presentation; talking about breweries, farm-to-table brewpubs and why guys that have trucks with “Budweiser” on them should give a damn. Today, I am speaking before the Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois. A number of people will be speaking after me. They’re experts, consultants and attorneys. They know their …

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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 THEIR Craft: A Homebrewers Trials & Tribulations Of Opening A Brewpub And Why Self-Distribution Matters

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Last month we told you about one of two breweries in Illinois that distributes their own beer, Argus Brewery in Chicago.  Argus got its start by shopping its beer to restaurants in the suburbs after distributors wouldn’t return their phone calls.  Over a year later, Argus still self-distributes about one-third of its beer, mostly in DuPage County, and relies on …