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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for February 23, 2016

February 23, 2016

•Five years after selling Goose Island Brewing to Anheuser-Busch InBev for almost $39 million, John Hall is parting with the last piece of the company that he founded in 1988. He has a deal to sell his original brewpub on Clybourn Avenue on Chicago’s north side to Anheuser-Busch for an undisclosed price, thus ending his involvement with the company at the age of 73. In 2011, when A-B acquired Goose Island, it was barred by ordinance from also owning any brewpubs. More recently, state laws have been relaxed to allow brewers to hold up to three on-premise licenses. A-B executives indicated that they would upgrade the Clybourn facility with newer equipment and an expanded portfolio of Goose Island beer recipes in the near future.

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