Illinois Beer

Today in 1818, Illinois became the 21st state.


Illinois Breweries

Illinois Brewery Guides

Guild: Illinois Craft Brewers Guild

State Agency: Illinois Liquor Control Commission


  • Capital: Springfield
  • Largest Cities: Chicago, Rockford, Aurora, Naperville, Peoria
  • Population: 12,419,293; 5th
  • Area: 57918 sq. mi., 25th
  • Nickname: Prairie State
  • Statehood: 21st, December 3, 1818


  • Alcohol Legalized: December 5, 1933
  • Number of Breweries: 52
  • Rank: 10th
  • Beer Production: 8,999,624
  • Production Rank: 5th
  • Beer Per Capita: 21.6 Gallons


Package Mix:

  • Bottles: 44.6%
  • Cans: 45.4%
  • Kegs: 9.7%

Beer Taxes:

  • Per Gallon: $0.23
  • Per Case: $0.51
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $6.98
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $6.98
  • $0.12/gallon in Chicago & beer sold in clubs plus additional 10% retail tax for all beer sold in clubs

Economic Impact (2010):

  • From Brewing: $748,215,023
  • Direct Impact: $2,730,875,319
  • Supplier Impact: $2,317,033,213
  • Induced Economic Impact: $3,238,802,131
  • Total Impact: $8,286,710,664

Legal Restrictions:

  • Control State: No
  • Sale Hours: On Premises: Depending on local government; 24-hour bars are permitted in Cicero; a handful of 21-22 hour bars exist in Cook County, and the Metro East.
    Off Premises:
  • Grocery Store Sales: Yes
  • Notes: Opening/closing hours are up to the decision of counties or towns.


Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.

For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.

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