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Illinois brewers to expand as a result of new legislation on beer

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- Breweries around southern Illinois may expand their menus as a result of new legislation passed. 

Chuck Stuhrenberg, Owner and Founder of Big Muddy Brewing in Murphysboro is happy to hear about new legislation passed by Governor Bruce Rauner that will allow brewers in the state to buy and sell ciders for the first time.

"It helps everybody because it gives us the opportunity to actually expand our total menu now that we have ciders," Stuhrenberg said. "There's a lot of beer out there now but ciders is what's growing right now and people are really getting into ciders it's kind of somewhere between beer and wine so it's definitely a growing part of the overall pallet of everybody."

The legislation will also let Illinois brewers serve more beers at their own taprooms.

"It's great that the legislation is being so progressive with all the new brewery laws to help small businesses and small breweries across the state grow,"  Stuhrenberg said. 

According to a release from Governor Rauner's office, the legislation allows brewers "to sell their own beer to other Illinois breweries, which will then be able to sell the purchased beer directly to customers in their taprooms, and to purchase cider for selling in their taprooms."

These are new changes that brewers like Big Muddy Brewing welcome to Southern Illinois.

"A win win for Illinois and for the breweries and for all the many small breweries in small towns across the state," Stuhrenberg said.

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