State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Frankfort) today filed House Resolution 678 congratulating a Tinley Park Brewery on their recent industry successes. Hailstorm Brewery was honored in October at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Their Prairie Madness IPA beat out 407 other beers to win the American Style IPA category. It was the single most competitive category in the festival’s history. Hailstorm also won silver in the bock category for Rock Out with Maibock Out.
“The craft brewery market is exploding in Illinois, which is good for the Illinois economy and for Illinois consumers who have more choices,” Rep. McDermed. “Hailstorm is an example of what small businesses can create and accomplish if the State gets out of their way. I congratulate them on their success and look forward to getting a taste of the award winning product myself.”
It is estimated that the Illinois craft beer industry directly employs 4,500 people and has a $2.6 billion economic impact across the State. In 2015 Rep. McDermed voted for legislation to allow craft breweries expand their production, to 120,000 barrels of beer per year while operating as many as three retail facilities, such as brewpubs or taprooms. Previous law had limited craft breweries to 30,000 barrels a year, a death knell for the fast growing market in Illinois. This year she voted for legislation amending an antiquated section of the Environmental Protection Act that prevented breweries like Hailstorm from using certain kinds of beer cans. This new method of canning where the entirety of the top portion of the can can be removed to create a full opening at the top of the can is quickly gaining popularity.