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25 years ago: State legislature ponders microbreweries

January 4, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 4, 1987:

  • A local man wanted to bring back a tradition that had been missing in Lawrence since the prohibition days. Chuck Magerl, a manager at the Community Mercantile Co-Op, had been studying the art of brewing beer for a decade, researching the art and science of brewing and training himself on the skills needed, and he felt he was now ready to launch his dream of opening a beer garden and selling his homemade brew on the premises. "I do think there is room for a fresh flavorful brew in the state," he said. After his testimony the the Kansas Liquor Law Review Commission, the commission last week had recommended revising the state laws to allow operation of "micro breweries," a relatively new term referring to a brewery producing 10,000 or fewer barrels per year. The decision now lay with the Kansas Legislature and Governor Hayden's signature. Magerl had discovered through his research that there had been 113 breweries in Kansas before prohibition in 1880 and that there had been a "Walruff's Brewery" just north of the current location of Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
  • Movies being shown in Lawrence this week included "'Crocodile' Dundee," "An American Tail," "Little Shop of Horrors," "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home," "The Three Amigos," "The Golden Child," and "The Morning After."

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