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Old 12-09-2011, 11:14 PM   #1
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Default Selling home brew in IL

Was thinking about selling bottles and kegs of home brew to local liquor stores and bars. How do you go about doing that? Would start off pretty small. Wouldnt be too much going out. Do you need license or anything else?


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Old 12-09-2011, 11:15 PM   #2
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You probably need a license among other things. You should contact an attorney of you are serious about it.


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Old 12-09-2011, 11:19 PM   #3
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You can't sell home brew. Period. That's why it's home brew. Only commercially produced alcoholic beverages made by licensed, regulated, approved, inspected, taxed, etc establishments may sell such beverages. Search for the multitude of threads on the subject.
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:22 PM   #4
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You cant. It's illegal. A commercial license will cost you a ton.
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:38 PM   #5
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The three-tier system established after prohibition:

Producers sell to distributors.
Distributors sell to retailers.
Retailers sell to consumers.

To become a producer requires a license, and it's expensive, and there's tons of red tape.

There is one way around this system, and that's to own an establishment where the alcohol served is brewed on premises. But then you still have to be a licensed retailer, which is still expensive and complicated.

That said, many people on here have "gone pro" successfully. So don't let us discourage you if that's something you're actually serious about.
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:46 PM   #6
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Also check in some states the brewery can self distribute
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In some states, you can get a homebrew license to sell. Minnesota just recently enacted a "basement brewery" license. But most states have a three tier distribution system, as well as require federal and state licensing.

I don't know the specific laws about becoming a licensed brewery in Ill, but without the licensing, no bar or liquor store will touch you, sorry to say. They could lose THEIR liquor license by not following the laws set down for them. I believe that in IL, you must only go through a distributor and cannot directly sell to bars or liquor stores.

Here's the basic application ($900 application fee once you have the federal application complete): http://www.state.il.us/lcc/DOCS/Manufacturer.pdf
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Also the feds want their cut and have regulations against brewing commercially out of your house (may be allowed adjacent to your house in a separate building if you have some land around your residence).

State law can't be less restrictive than federal law (case in point: the California marijuana debacle).

A federal brewers license is "free" as long as you meet the requirements. The license "fee" is the tax revenue generated by production.

A state license has a price tag plus a production tax.

This is based off my latest reading of federal code (May 2011) for my own brewery adventure.
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A member of the homebrew club I'm a member of here in the south Chicago suburbs is opening a nanobrewery - the licensing isn't that high, need to build a brewery that isn't in or attached to your home, I believe.
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A member of the homebrew club I'm a member of here in the south Chicago suburbs is opening a nanobrewery - the licensing isn't that high, need to build a brewery that isn't in or attached to your home, I believe.
Did this ever work out?


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