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BYOB coming to Berwyn

Published: Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 10:18 a.m. CDT

BERWYN – BYOB, which stands for Bring your own Beer, is coming to Berwyn.

City officials approved three ordinances Aug. 13 amending city code to allow for a new type of liquor license that would permit patrons of a licensed business to bring their own beer and/or wine on the premises.

The reason for the ordinance, said Assistant City Administrator Evan Summers, was to respond to changing consumer behavior. Summers said the city drafted the most comprehensive BYO ordinances in the state. As a result, other communities have made inquiries and want to copy Berwyn's BYO ordinances for consideration in their communities, Summers said.

Unlike other BYO ordinances, Summers said the ordinances are clearly spelled out as to what is and is not allowed.

"I think we have one of the best now," Summers said. "We addressed it from all angles. We're treating it as an actual liquor license. We are making it so the establishment is not serving the alcohol, [and] there's no corkage fee. It also protects [licensed] restaurants and bars from undo competition. It would be unfair if a BYO [ordinance] circumvented all that."

BYO establishments will be required to carry insurance, just as those establishments that serve and sell liquor and required to do, and will be subject to the same penalties and regulations.

Only two of the BYO licenses will be available, Summers said. So far, there has already been one inquiry made by a Berwyn business.

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