Local soda maker expands to beer, saves jobs - KMOV.com

Local soda maker expands to beer, saves jobs

BREESE, IL (KMOV.com) - A long time maker of soda is trying its hand at brewing beer.

Excel Bottling has been bottling soda for 76 years. The company is known for both its wide variety of flavors and for being environmentally friendly.

Recently the owners, the Meier family, hired a brewmaster and decided to take a chance in the beer business.

The new product is preventing layoffs and keeping employees optimistic about the future.

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