10 months, 2 weeks 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.