Businesses react to Iowa law that prohibits beer and wine to cross state lines

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois (KWQC) - A reminder to alcohol consumers buying beer and wine in Illinois - you can't cross state Iowa state lines with those beverages.

The Iowa alcohol beverages division issued a reminder on Friday, telling consumers about something that has been on the books for years.

There are 4 wineries and 4 breweries on the Illinois side of the Quad City Metro, so by law, out of those 8 businesses, consumers can't bring beverages they make across the river. But it's not just businesses who expressed their concerns, consumers are upset as well.

"I would say that 50% of our customers here are Iowa based customers," said Bar Manager of Bent River Bar, Rock Island, Marshall Dismer. It's detrimental to our business it's detrimental to our customers too, especially the Iowa based guys."

According to the law, only liquor can be brought into the state by a consumer. Beer and wine, off limits. A tough law for businesses who craft their own beer and sell hundreds of kegs to consumers every year.

The customers also adding the law isn't one to get behind.

"It's bad for businesses in the quad cities because we're 4, 5 cities that are all intermingled together," said Iowa resident, Patrick Murphy.

"I can't imagine if I want to visit my sister in Iowa and I want to bring a bottle of wine to dinner without coming becoming a criminal, good lord," said Martha Dismer.

In the meantime, Dismer says he wants his customers to respect state law. But in a conflicting position, he doesn't want it to hurt his bar.

"When you kind of take into an effect the law it will negatively impact our sales," he said.

For more information on the law here's a link to the educational bulletin presented by the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division.

https://abd.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/educational_bulletin_-_personal_importation_of_alcoholic_beverages.pdf