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Illinois Brew Pub Specialty Retail License Bond

Illinois brew pubs are required to obtain a surety bond.

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The Illinois Department of Revenue requires brew pubs in the state to obtain a specialty retail license and a minimum $1,000 surety bond. The bond ensures that the brew pub pays the Department all tax money due. If a brew pub defaults on tax payments, a claim can be made on the bond.

Illinois Brew Pub License

An Illinois brew pub license allows a brew pub to do the following:

  • Manufacture no more than 155,000 gallons (5,000 barrels) per year only at a designated location
  • Make sales to importing distributors, distributors, and non-licensees for use and consumption only
  • Store beer at the designated location
  • Sells at retail from the licensed location, provided the licensee does not sell for off-location consumption more than 155,000 gallons (5,000 barrels) per year
  • May have an unlimited number of locations, provided that each location carries a separate license
  • Cannot be affiliated with a Class 1 or Class 2 brewer
  • May sell other beer, wine, and spirits at retail if purchased from a licensed distributor
  • May have a Class 2 brewer's license if the location is separate from the brew pub location

Application documents for an Illinois Brew Pub license include:

  • Local liquor license
  • Certificate of insurance
  • Registration statements
  • Proof that applicant has the right to possession of the property (a deed or a lease)
  • Form 5100.31: Certification/Exemption of Label/Bottle Approval, if applicable
  • Federal brewer's notice
  • Tax bond:
    • REG-4-A, Financial Responsibility Bond, or
    • REG-4D, Financial Institution Irrevocable Letter of Credit Bond
    The bond is a minimum $1,000 and maximum $100,000. The bond amount is twice the average monthly liquor tax liability.

What Will This Bond Cost?

The premium you pay for an Illinois Brew Pub Surety Bond depends on the bond amount and your credit. Our rates start at $100 for bonds $10,000 and under, and 1% of the bond amount for bonds over $10,000 with good credit. Contact our Surety Bond Specialists for a free quote that fits your specific information.

Did You Know?

A brew pub license application fee is $1,500 and must be paid to the Illinois Liquor Control Commission.

Related Links:

Application for Illinois Specialty Retailer's Liquor License: Brew Pub, Caterer Retailer, Wine Maker Retailer
Illinois Specialty Liquor License for Airplanes, Boats and Railroads

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