Ever feel like you’re the last to know about the latest and tastiest small-batch bourbon or handcrafted, locally sourced liqueur to hit the scene in Chicago? Probably because you’re stuck in a booze rut, destined to circle Jewel-Osco’s fluorescently lit aisles with a cart full of the same overpriced swill you’ve been draining since before you were legal.
But it’s not entirely your fault. Thanks to our country’s post-Prohibition attempt to regulate the alcohol biz by instilling a boatload of complicated checks and balances meant to separate distillers from drinkers, tapping into a pipeline of new and exciting booze brands has never been an easy endeavor.
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