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Authors

Ryan R. Lee

Document Type

Article

Media Type

Text

Abstract

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.

First Page

144

Last Page

174

Publication Date

9-1-2016

Department

Other

ISSN

0734-1490

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University Law Review

Included in

Law Commons

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