New law aims to help IL craft distilleries

(WREX) –Craft distillers in the state say a new law will now help them grow.

Governor JB Pritzker signed House Bill 2675 which amends the Liquor Control Act.

The new law creates two licenses depending on how much a distillery produces. Those who provide less than 5,000 gallons of spirits can apply for an exemption to sell their product on their own.

Distillers say it levels the playing field, giving small distilleries the same opportunities as breweries and wineries.

“Having parity with the wine and craft beer industries creates new opportunities for us to increase sales, generate additional revenue and create more jobs in our community,” Jamie Walter, President and CEO of Whiskey Acres Distilling Company said in a release sent by Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon).

Rep. Demmer is a sponsor of the bill.

“Small craft distillers, like Whiskey Acres Distilling Company in DeKalb and Kennay Farms Distilling in Rochelle, are growing in popularity” added Demmer in a release sent Monday. “The new licensing and exemption processes included in this new law will help these business owners establish and grow their small businesses without being subject to overly-burdensome state regulations.”

House Bill 2675 takes effect immediately.

 

James Stratton

James Stratton

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