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The other day, MNB took note of a New York Times story about a Brooklyn Duane Reade store that “has Fire Island Lighthouse Ale and eight other beers on tap, with growlers — refillable glass bottles — lining the walls. Uniformed clerks-cum-beer-experts fill the growlers and conduct tastings only — sorry, no pints served. Behind a bar, a large walk-in refrigerator stocks common national brands as well as local, craft and imported beers.”

Well, now we have a story from the Chicago Tribune about Walgreen - which owns Duane Reade - rolling out its own private label beer, Big Flats 1901, which it will sell in markets where it is legally allowed to do so.

Big Flats 1901 carries a suggested retail price of $2.99 for a six-pack of cans and $11.49 for a 24-pack.
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