Bicentennial Craft Beer ‘1818’ now
available at retail outlets across Illinois
Governor Rauner and local officials debut
first cans in Springfield
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[March 16, 2018]
Gov. Bruce Rauner, joined Rep. Tim Butler and Springfield Mayor Jim
Langfelder, both Bicentennial Commissioners, to debut the first cans
of the Official Bicentennial Craft Beer at Binny’s in Springfield.
‘1818 Prairie State Farmhouse Ale’ is now available at most Binny’s,
Jewel-Osco’s, HyVee’s and other select retailers statewide.
Hand of Fate Brewing Co. of Petersburg was chosen to create the
special birthday brew after winning the Bicentennial craft beer
contest at the Illinois State Fair in August. The beer is
distributed by Breakthru Beverage Illinois.
Gov. Rauner applauded the growing craft beer industry in Illinois.
“This is a great Illinois small business story,” said Governor
Rauner. “Hand of Fate started their business less than two years ago
and this opportunity is helping catapult their well-earned success.
‘1818’ honors our agricultural legacy with quality Illinois
ingredients, and I look forward to beer drinkers across the state
enjoying this Bicentennial beverage.”
There are over 240 craft brewers in the state. The Illinois Craft
Beer industry has seen a 350 percent increase in the number of craft
breweries over the last five years.
“I am so proud of Mike and the crew at Hand of Fate,” said state
Rep. Tim Butler. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our
state’s Bicentennial than with a craft beer that is made in Illinois
by a local business with local ingredients.”
Mayor Langfelder commented, “As the home of Abraham Lincoln and the
capital of this great state, Springfield is excited to host many
events and activities throughout the Bicentennial year. This
includes the opening of the new Bicentennial Plaza along Jackson
Street that connects to the refurbished Governor’s Mansion, and we
are also very proud to have a great local craft beer as part of
On hand for the announcement was Hand of Fate owner Mike Allison and
Hamilton Callison from Breakthru Beverage.
“On behalf of the 1,000 Illinois employees of Breakthru Beverage, we
are proud to partner with the Governor’s Office of the Bicentennial
and to make 1818 available across the entire state,” Rocky Wirtz,
co-chairman of Breakthru Beverage Group said.
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“We are so thankful to the Governor and the Bicentennial Commission
for providing the opportunity to brew 1818,” said Hand of Fate owner
Mike Allison. “This is a dream come true for my family and my
The beer features staple Illinois crops including corn, wheat and
oats. The crystal hops are grown by Hallowed Hops of Lewistown, and
fermented with a hybrid saison yeast developed by Omega Yeast Labs
Retail outlets, restaurants and bars featuring craft beer will offer
‘1818’ throughout Illinois both on tap and in cans. Locations can be
ABOUT HAND OF FATE
Hand of Fate Brewing Co. is a small brewery that opened on the
historic Petersburg Square in May 2016. The company brews a variety
of high quality beers that appeal to all spectrums of craft beer
drinkers. With the statewide release of 1818, Hand of Fate looks to
expand with more offerings throughout Illinois.
ABOUT BREAKTHRU BEVERAGE
Cicero-based Breakthru Beverage Group is a leading North American
beverage wholesaler driving innovation in the marketplace with a
nimble and insightful approach to business. The company represents a
portfolio of premier wine, spirit and beer brands in the United
States and Canada. Family ownership is active in the business and
committed to being stewards of heritage and champions of innovation.
For more information, visit
ABOUT ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL
On Dec. 3, 1818, Illinois became the 21st state in the union. The
Illinois Bicentennial is a yearlong celebration of what has been
BORN, BUILT & GROWN in the state and a reminder of why we are #IllinoisProud.
Citizens are encouraged to participate in the celebration by
visiting www.illinois 200.com
and using the hashtag #IllinoisProud.
Partners and event and
project managers planning activities between Dec. 3, 2017, and Dec.
3, 2018, can apply for endorsement to become an official part of
Illinois Bicentennial by visiting the PARTICIPATE page at
[Office of the Governor Bruce Rauner]