Ryan from the Chicago-based blog Guys Drinking Beer checks in to talk about the difficult circumstances Anheuser-Busch InBev now finds itself with the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, when it was recently revealed their wholly-owned subsidiary WEDCO (owners of large ABI distributor City Beverage) has never been registered to do business in the state. We speculate on possible repercussions the upcoming  decision could have on AB-InBev and the beer distribution landscape in Illinois, talk about the recent influx of exciting new breweries in the state, and get an update from a local on how Goose Island is perceived since they were acquired by ABI.

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  1. On Chicago brewery openings:

    You have no goddamn idea how many breweries are all in the planning stages and preparing to open in the next year or two in Chicago, and NEITHER DO I.

    Seriously. I am pretty sure that it is getting beyond what one person can reasonably be expected to keep up with unless it’s a full-time job just to stay updated with them all. I was reading Chitown On Tap the other day when they had a list of all the things you could look forward to in 2012, and I was utterly blown away by all the listed breweries that I have never even heard of. Seriously. Check this out. http://chitownontap.com/2012/01/03/2012-chicagos-craft-beer-preview/

    I am sorry, fellow Aleheads, but living in central Illinois I cannot compete with all of these beers with only infrequent trips back to the city. There’s just too much awesome.

    Cut me, Mick! Cut me!

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