ILLINOIS – New legislation was filed in the Illinois legislature Friday that sponsors said will help craft breweries stay afloat amid devastating economic losses stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Brewers Economic Equity and Relief (BEER) Act would allow permanent delivery, direct-to-consumer shipping and self-distribution privileges for the state’s nearly 300 craft breweries.
Danielle D’Alessandro, executive director of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, said the changes are updates to an outdated law that was adopted in the 1930s. She addsed that in 2019, Illinois craft breweries contributed over $3 billion in economic impact and supported more than 20,000 direct and indirect jobs.
If adopted, craft breweries would be allowed to continue delivering craft beer to consumers as well as begin utilizing third-party apps such as UberEats and DoorDash.