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Under Contract: Collaborative Brewing with Great Central

Under Contract: Collaborative Brewing with Great Central

NEAR WEST SIDE, CHICAGO

With the barrier for entry into expanded distribution often being steep, many growing breweries have turned to third party contracts to meet demand. Contracting has developed an often negative stigma for consumers. But just take a visit to Chicago's Great Central Brewing Co. and you might find that to be incorrect.

A Like Minded Chat with Chicago's Newest Brewery

A Like Minded Chat with Chicago's Newest Brewery

NEAR WEST SIDE, CHICAGO

There are a lot of archaic beer laws around the United States, and most of them do nothing good for the craft beer industry. The state of Wisconsin is no exception with their controversial "Tied House" laws (other states including Illinois have similar laws), enacted shortly after Prohibition ended. Originally intended to protect small brewers being forced out of bars by the big guys, the aging law now has the exact opposite effect. Earlier this year, word spread that Like Minds Brewing, one of the state's most promising new brewers, had been forced to find new digs in Chicago.