September 21, 2017
Last week Assembly Bill 492 was introduced by the following legislators:
Representatives: Tauchen, Zimmerman, Kooyenga, Macco, Kulp, Duchow, Gannon, Hutton, Brandtjen, Skowronski, Ott, Wachs, Murphy, Allen, Pope
Senators: Harsdorf, Stroebel, Kapenga, Ringhand, Bewley
Tavern League of Wisconsin is strongly opposed to these radical changes
to the three tier system and urge you to contact your state legislators
to urge them to oppose AB 492!!!
The WisCraft brewers, state wineries and craft distillers have all indicated their support for the bill which is somewhat perplexing given that Wisconsin taverns are selling their products helping to contribute to their success. Despite our strong relationship with these craft manufacturers they have decided to support a bill which will decimate the very businesses selling their products today. Taverns have supported their business but they don’t support the tavern business.
Over the last 10 years craft brewing in Wisconsin has exploded - increasing nearly 200% while wineries have experienced a 250% increase! It is hard to claim the three tier system is having a negative effect on manufacturers.
Wisconsin ranks 13th in the country per capita in the number of brewers. Wisconsin ranks third per capita in the country in the number of liquor licenses issued and this bill seeks to increase the number of new liquor licenses by 10% creating thousands of new liquor licenses. Only Montana and North Dakota have more licenses per capita than Wisconsin.