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Lights, Camera, Beer!
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Spotlight Productions President Matt Embry, left, works on a scene with actor Josh Pender Tuesday, Sept. 10 in the alleyway outside the Monroe Cheese Corp building in downtown Monroe. The crew is shooting a short film about the 1931 kidnapping of Fred Blumer, planned for release before Cheese Days 2014. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
MONROE - A film crew is in town this week shooting a short docudrama about Monroe's "hush-hush" link to the Chicago mafia of the 1930s. The project dramatizes the 1931 kidnapping in Monroe of Fred Blumer, maker of Blumer's Golden Glow Near Beer during Prohibition. At the time, he owned what is now Minhas Craft Brewery.