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ANNOUNCING: The South of 80 2.0 Tap List

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Behold, the tap list for our second annual Chicago Craft Beer Week event – South of 80 2.0, featuring beers never-before-poured in Chicago from: Destihl, Rolling Meadows Brewery, Scratch Brewing, Six Row Brewing Company and Urban Chestnut Brewing Company.

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South of 80 2.0 Snapshot: Introducing Scratch Brewing

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In the days leading up to our second South of 80 event during Chicago Craft Beer Week, we wanted to make you a little more familiar with our featured breweries. Today we take a look at what we consider to be hands down one of the most interesting brewers in the state, if not the whole Midwest: Scratch

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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 …