The explosion of the craft beer industry in recent decades has revealed how antiquated the laws relating to beer in Illinois have become. Shaped primarily by the Liquor Control Act of 1934, the Beer Industry Fair Dealing Act, the mandatory three-tier distribution system, and the inadequate policing power of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, the Illinois beer-law landscape allows big beer to abuse the system to the substantial detriment of craft breweries. These regulations and deficiencies prohibit craft breweries from growing to their full potential and encourage craft brewers to either relocate out of, or outright refuse to do business in, Illinois. While more craft-friendly legislation has gradually been implemented, Illinois needs to quickly rectify the issues with its beer-law or continue to lose substantial revenue to other states that are more conducive to the success of craft brewers.
Northern Illinois University Law Review
Lee, Ryan R.
"Prohibition's Hangover: How Antiquated Illinois Beer-Law is Abused by Big Beer to the Substantial Detriment of Craft Breweries,"
Northern Illinois University Law Review: Vol. 37:
1, Article 4.
Ryan R. Lee, Prohibition’s Hangover: How Antiquated Illinois Beer-Law is Abused by Big Beer to the Substantial Detriment of Craft Breweries, 37 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 144 (2016).