Breen’s 360-Lid Technology Bill Receives Unanimous House Approval

With a unanimous showing of support in the House of Representatives today, legislation sponsored by State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) that allows craft brewing companies in Illinois to utilize new 360-lid technology is one step closer to becoming a law.

“These 360-lids are the newest innovation in beer can technology,” said Breen. “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. Fourteen states already allow this technology, and the adoption of HB 2386 will allow craft brewing companies in Illinois to remain competitive.”

According to Breen, the idea for HB 2386 was brought to him by the owners of Lombard’s Noon Whistle Brewing Company, when they discovered that the Environmental Protection Act from the 1980s prohibited the removal of any portion of the top of a beverage can. “Under this legislation, the small aluminum tabs that posed a safety hazard 30 years ago are still banned,” Breen said. “This bill simply carves out a narrow exception for much larger 360-lids in the craft brew industry.”

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

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