Illinois Gives Breweries More Taproom Flexibility

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Several states restrict the type of beer that breweries can pour in their on-site taprooms--oftentimes limiting them to only pouring their own beer, rather than also featuring beer from other nearby breweries. Illinois was one of these states, but just last week Gov. Rauner signed legislation to free up taprooms. The Chicago Tribune reports:

Taprooms at Illinois breweries can offer a wider array of beer and cider as a result of legislation signed during the weekend by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Before House Bill 4897 became law Saturday, many breweries were restricted to pouring their own beer and beer made on site. The new law allows a brewery to pour beer made at other breweries as well.

Breweries licensed as brewpubs, such as Piece Brewery and Pizzeria or the Off Color Brewing taproom, were already able to pour guest beers. However, the new law allows significantly more breweries to pour beer made at other breweries as well as cider made elsewhere.

Danielle D’Alessandro, executive director of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, which pushed for the legislation, said breweries likely won’t be surrendering large numbers of taps to competitors but will likely embrace the flexibility.

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