2011 – SB0754
Created Class 10 Craft Brewer, outlines application process, regulations, and self-distribution exemption.
- Class 10 Craft Brewer License: may only be used by a licensed brewer or licensed nonresident dealer and shall allow the manufacture of up to 465,000 gallons (15,000 barrels) of beer annually
- Brew Pubs: Person who holds a brew pub license may simultaneously hold a craft brewer license. Brew Pub License permits annual transfer of no more than 50,000 gallons (1,612.9 barrels) of beer
- Self-Distribution Exemption: craft brewer licensee who is also either a licensed brewer or licensed non-resident dealer and annually manufactures less than 465,000 gallons (15,000 barrels) of beer
may apply for exemption to self-distribute up to 232,5000 gallons (7,500 barrels) to retail licensees per year.
- News Article: Save the Craft: SB754 Passes the IL House Overwhelmingly
2013 – HB1573
Liquor Manufacturer Agent-Fees
Increased the number of gallons that a Craft Brewer could manufacture annually from 465,000 (15,000 barrels) to 930,000 (30,000 barrels). Retained self-distribution.
2015 – HB3237
Liquor-Social Media Advertise
Created a Class 1 &2 Brewer License
- Class 1 Brewer: holder of a license/non-resident dealer license who manufactured up to 930,000 gallons (30,000 barrels) annually
- Class 2 Brewer: holder of a license or non-resident dealer license who manufactured up to 3,720,000 gallons (120,000 barrels) annually. May make sales to importing distributors and distributors but shall not make sales or deliveries to any other licensee.
- Brew Pubs: Increased the number of gallons that Brew Pub could manufacture annually from 50,000 (1,612.9 barrels) to 155,000 (5,000 barrels) gallons. Not allowed to sell or offer sale of beer manufactured by the brew pub licensee to retail licensees.
- News Article: Bill Passed Allowing Increased Illinois Craft Beer Production
2018 – HB4897
Liquor-Brewers-Sale at Retail
Created Self-Distribution Exemption
- Class 1 Brewers: brewers making less than 930,000 gallons (30,000 barrels) of beer may apply for a self-distribution exemption allowing the sale of no more than 232,500 gallons (7,500 barrels) annually. Holder of multiple Class 1 Brewer licenses permitted to transfer 930,000 gallons (30,000 barrels) beer between locations.
- Class 2 Beer Transfer: brewers can manufacture 3,720,000 (120,000 barrels) gallons of beer annually, may transfer no more than 31,000 gallons (1,000 barrels) of beer to a brew pub wholly owned & operated by the class 2 brewer within a 80-mile radius, subject to limitations and restrictions. The beer transferred will count against the total production limit at the brewpub.
- Created a Brewer Warehouse Permit:
- Class 1 Brewers: allowed to store or warehouse up to 930,000 (30,000 barrels) gallons of tax-determined beer manufactured by the holder of the permit.
- Class 2 Brewers: allowed to store or warehouse up to 3,720,000 gallons (120,000 barrels) of tax-determined beer manufactured by the holder of the permit
2021 – HB2620
Weight & Measure-Sealing Device
- Created Class 3 Brewer: holder of brewer’s license/non-resident dealers license who manufactures no more than 155,000 gallons (5,000 barrels) of beer annually at any single brewery and no more than 465,000 gallons (15,000 barrels) annually in aggregate
- Beer Showcase Permit: license used by class 3 brewer or distributor to allow for transfer of beer only from existing licensed premised of a class 3 brewer or distributor.
- Class 3 Brewer Self Distribution Exemption: manufactures less than 465, 000 gallons (15,000 barrels) and no more than 155,000 gallons (5,000 barrels) exempt to self-dist. no more than 6,500 gallons (209.67 barrels)
- Beer Pick-Up: Authorization to sell to non-licensee for pick-up within interior of the brewery premise
- News Article: Illinois makes radical changes with HB2620