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Beer News – 10/29/2012

Beer News for October 29th, 2012

I haven’t done a beer news post in quite a long time, so here goes.

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that at least 15 Chicago-area Chipotle restaurants will begin serving real craft beer. Chicago’s own 5 Rabbit Brewery will get a chance to have their Mexican beer next to big names like Dos Equis and Corona. I can’t say I’ve ever had anything from 5 Rabbits, but dare I say, it’s most likely better than Corona. It can’t be worse, that’s for sure. Here’s a little rant for those of you who drink Corona. I have a buddy who used to work for ADT (the security people); he used to be a salesman and he would have to go to all the factories on the South and West side’s of the city. Corona has a distribution warehouse somewhere in the City, he said they keep ALL of their beer crates sitting out in the sunlight all day during the summer, in a warehouse with no air conditioning. That means not only is your beer tainted by the sunlight itself, it probably boils. Ew.

There’s a good beer festival next weekend here in Chicago at the Riverfront Theater. Beerhoptacular runs November 9th and 10th, 2012. The festival is split up into 3 sessions, 1 on Friday and 2 on Saturday. Tickets are $45 for each session until day of event. Drop me a line if you’re going to be there, we’ll share a beer!

    Beerhoptacular

  • November 9th & 10th, 2012 (Friday/Saturday)
  • 650 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654
  • Price: $45 per session

I know I have been away for quite a long time…I’ll be back with a new beer review soon! Cheers!

Shortly after they acquired Goose Island, AB InBev is making another bogus move. The Illinois General Assembly heard a proposed bill this week that would allow small craft breweries in Illinois to distribute their own beers, AB wants to block this from happening. This would be great for those breweries that want to expand and expose their beers to a new market without getting involved with big corporate companies like Goose Island is doing now.

Currently beer gets to consumers by going through three different mediums: manufacturers, distributors and retailers. They claim this system helps keep one entity from dominating the entire market, but it effectively denies craft breweries from going directly to a bar or pub with their beer; they need pay money to hire a distributor. Apparently AB has been trying to gain market share and distribution rights in Chicago for quite some time, but was denied through court proceedings. Anheuser-Busch claimed this was discriminating to out-of-state brewers and somehow convinced a judge the ruling was wrong. Our corporate judicial system at work again. Dicks.

If the law is so discriminating, how come I can go to the liquor store and buy craft beer from Michigan, Indiana, California and countless other out-of-state breweries?

Basically what’s going to happen is that AB will control more distribution rights in Chicago and the rest of Illinois. This will make it harder for craft breweries to get their beers out there because you know AB won’t market these beers like they do their crappy watered-down piss in cans. We can also assume that AB would charge these small breweries too much for them to afford getting their beer distributed, so they won’t even have a chance in the first place.

I want to know what the owners of AB drink. You can rest assured it’s not Budweiser. If it is, gross. Why would you deny great beer from being manufactured and distributed? Money. What little money these craft breweries would be making is already destined to be in AB’s already fat pockets. God forbid we have the chance to drink good, new beer that hasn’t been around because by law it wasn’t allowed.

The brewmaster of Goose Island Brewery, Greg Hall, was caught urinating into a couple of glasses at a bar up in Wicker Park a week ago. Wow. As the story goes, he was seen leaning at the front of the bar looking down, you know how it goes. He then proceeded to kindly leave both the glasses at the bar, so the bartender could tend to them.

Let’s be honest, we’ve all used other places besides the designated bathroom. But never in a glass at a bar. Not even close. It’s not like this place didn’t have bathrooms. What would possess someone to do something like that you ask? Oh yeah, the $38.8 million they acquired when Goose Island sold out to AB. I actually gave them the benefit of my doubt. Not anymore. I thought about it anyways, what happens when Miller or Budweiser make “craft brews?” Budweiser Wheat and “triple hops-brewed,” whatever that means. What I’m saying is, I bet we’re going to see a Goose Island 64 or some Goose Island Light garbage come out. I really hope not. It seems a bit harsh, but what he did was unacceptable.

I’d be interested in hearing what really happened between Greg Hall and the bartender who exchanged words with him. I also read that the bar was asked if they were going to carry any Goose Island beers anymore to which they responded they were undecided but whatever they chose would be discreet.

And oh yea, Hall did come out and publicly apologize, but right after he publicly urinated.

 

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