Breen toasts law allowing 360-lids on beer cans
Rep. Peter Breen (R-Lombard) recently saw legislation he sponsored come full circle -- just like the beer can lids the measure addresses.
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 2386 into law on Sunday, which is meant to promote Illinois' craft brewing industry through the use of new 360-lids, according to a press release.
“These 360-lids are the newest innovation in beer can technology, and permitting their use will provide Illinois brewers with a competitive edge in the marketplace,” Breen in the release. “By essentially removing the entire lid of a beer can, an aluminum drinking vessel is created that allows consumers to better enjoy the aromas associated with IPAs and other hoppy beers. With the bill’s signing today, Illinois becomes the 15th state to allow these new lids.”
Under the Illinois Environmental Protection Act, beverage manufacturers cannot use cans that are opened by removing a part of the top of the can. When approached by Noon Whistle Brewing Company of Lombard, Breen agreed that the 360-lids do not present the same concerns the law was put in place to alleviate.
“Under current EPA statutes, the small aluminum tabs that posed a safety hazard 30 years ago are still banned,” Breen said in the release. “This bill simply carves out a very narrow exception for these craft beer 360-lids, which are much larger and do not pose the same risks.”