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Thursday, Sep 3, 2015

Schlafly puts Chicago brewpub plans on hold

1 year, 2 months ago From stltoday.com

Dear Schalfly, try West Quincy instead

From From stltoday.com:

The maker of Schlafly beer has postponed indefinitely plans to open a brewpub in Chicago.

Dan Kopman, co-founder of the St. Louis Brewery, said the craft brewer was recently notified by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission that it would not qualify for a brewpub license in the state.

The commission informed him that production limits for craft brewer’s licenses — 30,000 barrels annually — also apply to brewpub licenses. St. Louis Brewery, which makes Schlafly beer, produced more than 56,000 barrels of beer last year.

“Because we’re over 30,000 barrels, they won’t give us a brewpub license,” Kopman said. “Our understanding was that we could hold a brewpub license without holding another license.” 

Kopman found a building in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood that he was eyeing for a brewpub and pilot brewery, he said, but now those plans are on hold. The company had announced plans for a Chicago brewpub in December 2012.

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