Signage above the entrance to the DESTIHL Brewery in Champaign, Illinois

Without a path forward through the COVID-19 pandemic, DESTIHL Brewery was forced to close its Champaign, Illinois taproom and halt production of another taproom.

DESTIHL Brewery Closes its Champaign Taproom

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DESTIHL Brewery has closed its Champaign, Illinois restaurant and brewpub location, the brewery announced on its website. Its Normal, Illinois location will continue to provide curbside pickup and delivery service and its production brewery will remain open to produce beer for its retail accounts across 37 states and Sweden.

The statement on the brewery’s website identifies Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s extension of an order barring dine-in restaurant business through May 30th as the reason for the closure, claiming the decision was “unavoidable” due to the fact that there is “no phasing back in of restaurant businesses during that time or a clear plan or timeline to safely do so thereafter.”

“It is, thus, simply not financially viable to remain closed for an indefinite amount of time and then reopen the downtown location at some uncertain date this summer, and likely with limited occupancy restrictions even then,” the statement said.

Other factors, including the short time remaining on the location’s lease, and uncertainty regarding the University of Illinois’ indefinite closure, contributed to the decision to close.

“We are so grateful for the Champaign community’s support, loyalty and patronage over the years and for our Champaign team’s incredibly hard work, talent and dedication throughout our time in downtown,” the statement said,

The brewery’s flagship Normal, Illinois location opened in 2007, with its Champaign taproom following in 2011. The brewery planned to build a new location at the Carle at the Fields development in southwest Champaign, but announced those plans are currently on hold, calling the construction “not prudent or even viable due to the current and uncertain future economic conditions.” The statement said the brewery was only a few weeks out from breaking ground on the brewery, which was slated to open this fall, but that it will re-examine the development “when all of this is over, stabilized and the dust is settled.”

The brewery said it will be using this time for “exciting new product development to be announced soon.”

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