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The Tavern League is working hard in our local communities across the state of Wisconsin.

Tavern League Pays Off Dells School Lunch Debt
January 9, 2020

The Dells-Delton Tavern League rang in the holiday season last year with a donation to the Wisconsin Dells school district to pay off students’ meal balances...

SafeRide Program Available From Tavern League Members Year Round
January 3, 2020

A Tavern League of Wisconsin leader says a program that get's ample use during New Year's celebrations is something they take pride in...

New Years Hours
December 26, 2019

On January 1 premises operating under a Class “B” license or permit are not required to close.

ABI Reacts to Latest Study on Alcohol and Health
December 19, 2019

Moderate alcohol consumption is suffering increasing attacks—from both a traffic safety and health perspective. If left uncontested, the growing anti-alcohol narrative will have a chilling effect on American consumers...

Drive Sober Campaign Promotes Safety Over The Holidays
December 6, 2019

Visit the Tavern League of Wisconsin's website at www.tlw.org and click on “Safe Ride” to find which taverns and restaurants have programs to provide...

Gov. Evers Signs Mandatory Five-Year Sentence Bill For OWIs Involving Homicides
November 20, 2019

A bill TODAY’S TMJ4 has been following for the past year as part of our Project: Drive Sober initiative has been signed into law...

Evers Hesitant To Sign OWI Mandatory Sentence Bill, Wants Stricter Law For First Offenders
November 15, 2019

Gov. Tony Evers appeared hesitant to sign a mandatory five year sentence bill for homicides committed while driving under the influence but said the state needs to “beef up” law for first time offenses...

Video Gambling Machine Letter to Retailers
November 13, 2019

This is an informational notice to educate retailers that operation of video gambling machines is a violation of Wisconsin law...

U.S. Highway Deaths Fall in 2018 for Second Straight Year
October 30, 2019

Traffic deaths in the U.S. fell slightly in 2018 for the second straight year, the government's road safety agency said Tuesday.

SafeRide Press Release
September 19, 2019

Madison, WI: Now in its 35th year, the Tavern League of Wisconsin’s SafeRide Program continues to be a model for the rest of the nation.

Tax On Vapor Products In Wisconsin
September 3, 2019

Informing members about the imposition of the new tax on vapor products in Wisconsin.

Bar Buddies, Other Area SafeRide Programs Strive To End Drunken Driving In Sauk And Columbia Counties
August 27, 2019

She said the Tavern League of Wisconsin and state government allocate grant funding every year to help local groups cover costs for safe ride...

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign Starts This Weekend
August 20, 2019

The Safe Ride Home program from the Tavern League of Wisconsin has been helping people get home for the last 30 years. They just saw their...

SafeRide Ad
August 15, 2019

15 and 30 second ad's promoting the SafeRide program!

Inaugural DOR on Tap Newsletter is LIVE!
August 1, 2019

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue is working to strengthen our communication with the alcohol beverage industry. We are excited to introduce "DOR on Tap: An Alcohol Industry Update." Published quarterly, it will provide a report of the activity of the Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Unit here at the department.

“Electronic bouncer:” Bar and Clubs Use ID Scanning Systems to Collect Information
July 26, 2019

The Tavern League of Wisconsin says it's a useful tool, but it's not for everyone. “Obviously we oppose underage drinking, but we don't think putting a...

A Lather Over Liquor Laws
July 11, 2019

Cap Times reporter Katelyn Ferral joins host Lindsay Christians on the podcast this week to talk about her recent story, "Who's calling the shots? Tavern owners want more regulation from the state in an increasingly competitive market."

Brown County Tavern League re-introduces SafePark Program for City of Green Bay
July 11, 2019

Who’s calling the shots? Tavern owners want more regulation from the state in an increasingly competitive market
July 3, 2019

Wisconsin’s Tavern League has been a political powerhouse for decades — advocating in the Capitol for thousands of bars and restaurants across the state that serve alcohol.

Supreme Court Affirms Police Can Order Blood Drawn From Unconscious DUI Suspects
July 2, 2019

In a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Wisconsin law that says motorists have given implied consent to having blood drawn.

New Wisconsin law removes limit on hard alcohol sales at liquor stores
June 25, 2019

Liquor store giant Total Wine & More got a total win in Wisconsin on Monday, with the signing of a bill that will allow some liquor stores to sell unlimited quantities of whiskey, gin, brandy and other distilled spirits during a single transaction.

Governor Tony Evers signed 2019 Senate Bill 83 into law
June 24, 2019

What Are The Biggest Beer Brands In America? Here's the top 31
June 21, 2019

Former Alcohol Chief Opposes Home Delivery Bills
June 3, 2019

Alcohol Delivery Bills
May 23, 2019

More Politics Than Science
May 17, 2019

On Tuesday, the American Beverage Institute (ABI) published an op-ed in The Washington Times responding to criticism from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The NTSB claimed ABI mischaracterized research that supported legislation to lower the legal blood-alcohol limit for driving from 0.08 to 0.05. ABI fired back.

May is Tavern Month - Charity Press Release
May 6, 2019

ABI op-ed puts CA .05 proposal into perspective
April 30, 2019

The American Beverage Institute (ABI) published an op-ed in the Napa Valley Register over the weekend that puts California’s .05 proposal into perspective while offering an important balancing viewpoint to the debate.

Letter to DOR Regarding Fact Sheet 3111 and 3112
April 26, 2019

DOR Private Event Fact Sheet
April 18, 2019

BMI and ASCAP Present Music Licensing Session at TLW Spring Conference
April 8, 2019

Draft Fact Sheet 3111
April 4, 2019

U.S. Rep. Dingell Pushes For Mandatory Interlocks To Prevent Drunk Driving
March 25, 2019

Retail Alcohol License Fact Sheet 3111 Available for Comment
March 21, 2019

Response to Governor Evers Statement On Private Events
March 12, 2019

Here's How Much A Case Of Beer Costs In Every US State
February 13, 2019

How does your state stack up? Check out the map and the full list.

Baraboo Honors Tavern Owner
February 5, 2019

Caflisch purchased Square Bar in 1968

Cold Weather Halts Wisconsin Beer Delivery
February 1, 2019

Cold weather halts Wisconsin beer delivery ... on average 25 trucks containing beer, wine, alcohol and more to local taverns and restaurants.

Charted: America’s Biggest Brewers by Decade, From 1950 to Now
November 20, 2018

Big beer has an enormous footprint. We charted data from 1950 to the present to determine the largest brewers by decade, using figures from Beer Marketer’s Insights and BeerHistory.com. The results are staggering.

Craft Breweries oppose AB492
November 9, 2018

View the Wisconsin Craft Breweries who "support" TLW opposing AB492 (Cheers Bill).

We put UTAH to the Test
November 9, 2018

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah -- In a conference room at the Unified Police Department, FOX 13 put Utah's new .05 DUI law to the test.

When it goes into effect on New Year's Eve, Utah will have the nation's toughest DUI law, lowering the blood alcohol level from .08 to .05. It's been the subject of protests and pushback across the state, with worries it will harm tourism and jail casual drinkers. But so far, efforts to repeal it or modify it have failed on Utah's Capitol Hill.

AB492 Cheers Bill
October 24, 2018

This bill creates a distillpub permit issued by the Department of Revenue that authorizes the manufacture, rectification, and sale of intoxicating liquor other than wine (distilled spirits). The bill authorizes certain retail interests and activities of distillpubs and, if a person holds both a distillpub permit and brewpub permit, modifies the permissible retail interests for the brewpub.

AB492 TLW Position
October 24, 2018

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.

America’s Beer, Wine & Spirits Retailers Create 2.03 Million Jobs & $122.63 Billion in Direct Economic Impact
October 24, 2018

BETHESDA, MD – OCTOBER 23, 2018 – As the American economy continues to grow, a new economic impact report released today details the significant impact that America’s beer, wine and spirits retailers have on their local, state and national economies through job creation, direct economic impact and the generation of tax revenues.

American Beverage Institute (ABI) as “one of the biggest opponents of .05 legislation”
October 24, 2018

A Utah Jazz fan drinks a beer while watching a game at Legend Sports Grill in Salt Lake City last year. A new Utah law, which goes into effect Dec. 30, lowers the DUI blood alcohol threshold in the state from .08 to .05, a move that has been praised by traffic safety advocates and denounced by the restaurant and hospitality industry.

Wisconsin Brewers Guild Members
October 24, 2018

On behalf of the independent craft breweries of Wisconsin, we'd like to thank the retail partners who join craft breweries to contribute over $2 billion to Wisconsin's economy. Your commitment to quality Wisconsin products is not only vital to our state's economic prosperity, it is essential to our mutual success. We look forward to growing with you, creating more employment opportunities, and keeping our ties to local communities strong.

ABL's Position on Issues, Presentation by John Bodnovich
October 23, 2018

American Beverage Licensees Report

Tavern League of Wisconsin 83rd Annual Fall Convention & Trade Show.

U.S. Traffic Fatalities Fall Following Two Years of Rising Toll
October 9, 2018

Deaths on American roads fell by nearly 2 percent last year, blunting two years of increases that had troubled regulators and safety advocates.

Despite Ridiculous Claims, Senate Tax Bill Won’t Kill Thousands of People
November 28, 2017

While trying to derail tax reform, there’s been no shortage of misleading statements and outright falsehoods. But a recent article in the Washington Post might be the most outrageous story to date. The article, titled “Here’s how many people would die as a result of the Senate’s tax cut on booze,” goes after a provision in the Senate bill that would reform excise taxes for brewers, distillers, and winemakers .

MADD Against WI Bill Lowering Drinking Age
November 9, 2017

Wisconsin lawmakers are circulating a bill that would lower the drinking age in Wisconsin to 19. Mothers Against Drunk Driving quickly responded to the bill with strong opposition."We don't support anything that has any kind of acceptable loss of life, " Doug Scoles, Regional Director for MADD told NBC15 over the phone.

SafeRide Advertising Bill – Contact your Legislators
February 9, 2017

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