Proposed State Rules May Threaten Craft Brewers

By Melissa McEwen in Food on May 27, 2014 3:00PM

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Logan Square's Revolution Brewing (Steve Vance from the Chicagoist Flickr Pool)

New rules proposed by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission would stifle the growth of breweries that run brewpubs. The rule would affect rapidly growing breweries such as Revolution and Destihl by capping sales for off-premise consumption at 50,000 gallons.

The Reader's Philip Montoro reports the rule would also affect the plans of brewpubs planning on larger brewing operations like Haymarket, as well as brewers with plans to open brewpubs like Solemn Oath.

Concerned citizens can write ILCC chief legal counsel Richard Haymaker at Richard.Haymaker@Illinois.gov. There is also a hearing at at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4, in the James R. Thompson Center at 100 W. Randolph, suite 9-040.