Illinois Licensing and Social Media Bill Signed

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Signed into law by the Governor, House Bill 3237 allows a manufacturer, distributor, or importing distributor to furnish free social media advertising to a person having a retail license if the social media advertisement does not contain the retail price of any alcoholic liquor. The bill also establishes a class 2 brewer license for a person who is a holder of a brewer license or non-resident dealer license who manufactures up to 120,000 barrels of beer per year for sale to a licensed importing distributor or distributor; changes the name of the craft brewer license to class 1 brewer license and prohibits the holder from being a member of or affiliated with, directly or indirectly, a manufacturer that produces more than 30,000 barrels of beer per year or any other alcoholic liquor; increases the amount of beer that a brew pub may sell for off-premises consumption to 5,000 barrels per year. In a provision concerning approval for a self-distribution exemption for a class 1 brewer licensee, adds a requirement that the class 1 brewer licensee must relinquish any brew pub license held by the licensee, including any ownership interest held in the licensed brew pub.