The Illinois Liquor Control Commission wants the state’s beer distributors and brewers to work out a solution to a proposed brewpub rule change that could be detrimental to some Illinois brewers.
Current law states: “a brew pub licensee shall not sell for off-premises consumption more than 50,000 gallons per year.” The intention, according to Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois President Bob Myers, was to restrict the amount of beer a brewpub could sell to-go in the form of growlers, bombers, six-packs, etc. Not to restrict how much a brewpub could sell to a distributor.
Myers tells us the Commission has been seeing a handful of applications come in from out-of-state brewers who want to open a brewpub in Illinois (not Schlafly, unfortunately) and ILCC Chief General Counsel Rick Haymaker thought the General Assembly wanted to limit the amount of beer a brewpub could send to a distributor when it passed the original law in 1997.
Myers testified that wasn’t the case, as he was the one who negotiated the bill.
The Commission has given the ABDI and the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild til the August meeting to come up with an agreed solution to the brewpub rule. Myers says they may have to draft a bill to ultimately address the matter.
If legislation becomes the end game lawmakers wouldn’t be able to take it up til November, at the earliest. They adjourned their spring legislative session on May 30th and won’t return to Springfield until November 19th for the fall session.