Tavern League Newsroom

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



Paycheck Protection Act
March 30, 2020

We have received a lot of questions regarding the recently passed Paycheck Protection Act. We hope this will help to answer some of the questions you may have about this new Program. Please contact an SBA approved local financial institution to help craft a forgivable loan that works for you and your business.



Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act
March 30, 2020

 
Click here for the Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act from the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, which outlines the key portions of the bill for small businesses.




How Will the Coronavirus Affect my Restaurant or Bar Business?
March 27, 2020

How Will the Coronavirus Affect my Restaurant or Bar Business?

Business Interruption Insurance Coverage

With COVID-19 spreading rapidly, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued an executive order on March 17th forcing restaurants and bars across the state to close their doors. As a result, restaurant and bar owners are losing income and incurring additional expenses because of the coronavirus pandemic. These major disruptions will likely cause an increase in insurance claims by tavern owners against insurance policies offering business interruption coverage. Whether the claims are covered will depend on the terms and conditions of the insurance policy and the circumstances of the loss.





Information Businesses Need Today to Prepare for a Continually Changing Tomorrow
March 27, 2020

The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is imparting an unprecedented burden on businesses, municipalities, schools and individuals around the globe. Restaurants are being forced to close or operate in a limited capacity, supply chains are extensively disrupted and impeding manufacturers, commercial tenants are at risk due to potential revenue shortfalls, and health care institutions are overwhelmed with patients in many regions. The impact multiplies by the hour. While there are many questions arising that are industry-specific, there are also a variety of foundational matters for all entities to review, consider and employ.

Davis|Kuelthau has organized a multidisciplinary team to monitor and address the vast range of litigation, regulatory and transactional challenges faced by companies in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. We are regularly issuing guidance and have begun assembling a summary of some of the many local, state and federal resources available to help businesses with their pandemic preparedness and response efforts. Our team will continue to develop, update and share guidance directly as well as via this resource site in the days ahead. Please consider the fluid nature of the situation and that all information shared is thus current as of the date that it was posted. It is important to also consult federal, state, county and city health agency websites regularly.

As always, we are here for you.

Be safe and be well.





Senate Passes Stimulus Bill
March 26, 2020

Senate Passes Stimulus Bill

Late last night the US Senate unanimously passed the $2 trillion Coronavirus Stimulus package. The bill now goes to the House where they are expected to approve it Friday. The bill provides much needed relief for our Members.





Alcohol Beverage Clarification Regarding COVID-19 Emergency Declaration
March 22, 2020

 

State Regulators waive consignment law to allow wholesalers to pick up product. The TTB was first to issue the directive and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue followed the TTB directive. It is legal for wholesalers to pick up beer during the Covid-19 crisis. Wholesalers are not required to pick it up but the law now does not prohibit them from picking up product.





Family First Coronavirus Response Act
March 21, 2020

On March 18, there was a new law passed called the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201). This Act has several impacts on employers. We have highlighted two majors changes that impact employers in the short term. The first is new legislation in relation to paid leave and the second is penalty and interest waiver on federal income tax. We are expecting more legislation and clarifications in the near future.





Law as it Relates to Sale Of Alcohol During Executive Order
March 21, 2020

An important reminder regarding the law as it relates to sale of alcohol during the Executive Order. Alcohol can only be sold for consumption off the premise in the original unopened container. It is not legal to sell mixed drinks to go. Under the Executive Order it is not legal to consume any alcohol on a licensed premise. You can sell beer or alcohol to go but it must be in its original unopened container. That was the law prior to the Executive Order and it remains the law during the Executive Order. Thank you.

 





Temporary Employment Available
March 21, 2020





Tavern League of Wisconsin Questionnaire
March 20, 2020

 

Tavern League of Wisconsin is gathering information from TLW Members statewide to share with the public. We would like to provide who is using delivery, curbside or to-go service in the next few weeks in response to the limitations and suggestions that are in place as a result of COVID-19. Please provide us with the information below so that we may share with the public.





Financial Assistance - COVID-19
March 19, 2020

A note to those looking for financial assistance during these difficult times. If your employer must shut down operations and no work is available, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits if you meet certain criteria. In addition, individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, are showing symptoms for COVID-19, or has been quarantined by a medical professional may be available for temporary assistance.

 





Update to the Guidelines
March 17, 2020

Governor Evers has announced that the State Department of Health Services has established a moratorium on public or private mass gatherings of 10 people or more beginning at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, March 17th.  Restaurants and bars must close dining facilities.  Carry out and delivery food is permitted as well as alcohol sales for consumption off the premise as long as the sale occurs on the premise.





Wisconsin Carryout Laws
March 17, 2020

We have had a number of questions about the laws regarding the sale of alcohol for off premise consumption from taverns and restaurants. Below is the state law which does permit Class B licensee holders to sell alcohol for off premise consumption.





Latest COVID-19 Update
March 16, 2020

Governor Evers, similar to the previously issued CDC recommendation, announced that the State Department of Health Services has established a statewide moratorium on mass gatherings to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Bars and restaurants can stay open but must follow the requirements below. The order starts March 17th and there is currently no end date to the order. Bars and restaurants must comply with this DHS order. Please visit the TLW website for signage and additional information.






Basketball Crazr 2020 Will Still Go On!
March 13, 2020

 

Foremost in our minds and hearts at FundCrazr is the continued health and wellbeing of our clients, friends and families.

Wishing the very best for your entire organization, this COVID-19 catastrophe is not just unthinkably scary, but unprecedented.

Basketball Crazr to still be held! March Madness Men's Basketball Tournament has been cancelled but the Crazr Fundraiser will still go on. Fund Crazr will be running a simulated Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament using data taken from games played during the 2019-2020 regular season. Please click here for more information on the event!





LAKEFRONT BREWERY CLOSING TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
March 13, 2020

For IMMEDIATE Release:

Lakefront’s proactive closing to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

MILWAUKEE (March 12, 2020) – As of Friday, March 13th, Lakefront Brewery will be closing to the public due to the national outbreak of COVID-19. Lakefront’s Beer Hall, Restaurant, Tours and special events will cease operations until further notice.





Reflections from Legislative Day 2020
March 12, 2020

Thank you to all sponsors and members who attended Legislative Day 2020!



Legislative Day a Great Success – Senate Committee votes in favor of SafeRide increase!
March 11, 2020

Legislative Day a Great Success – Senate Committee votes in favor of SafeRide increase!!!

AB 869 passed out of committee on unanimous vote!!

Earlier today the Senate Committee on Economic Development held a hearing on AB 869 which increases the SafeRide surcharge by $25 which will generate approximately $500,000 additional revenue for SafeRide Programs.





Department's Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Unit Sale of Confiscated Liquor and Wine
March 9, 2020

The Department's Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Unit is conducting another sale of confiscated liquor and wine. DOR is aurthorized to sell the confiscated product to the highest bidder pursuant to sec. 125.14(2)(e). Wis. Stats. Attaches is informatino regarding an invitation to bid on a Department of Revenue sale of confiscated wine.





TLW Secures 50% Increase in SafeRide Surcharge Funding!
February 21, 2020

By an 84-13 vote, legislators passed a bill to increase SafeRide funding by increasing the SafeRide surcharge 50% as they concluded the 2020 legislative session in the early morning hours on Friday. The increase in the surcharge comes from OWI convictions and does not use any state tax dollars.



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





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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