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New WI Alcohol Enforcement Office Stalls in Committee

Failing to advance from committee, S.B. 801 sought to create an Office of Alcohol Beverages Enforcement and a new permit for resort manufacturers. Read More

Please Contact Your State Legislators to Support Wisconsin Brewers

The Wisconsin Brewers Guild has requested that beer enthusiasts take action to support the state’s small and independent brewers and the community of beer drinkers. Please read the following information provided by the Wisconsin Brewers Guild. The Wisconsin Brewers Guild strongly opposes …Read More

WI Legislation would Create State-Certified Beer

A.B. 826/S.B. 698 create a process for certification of fermented malt beverages (beer) by the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection as “state-certified Wisconsin beer.” Read More

Brewpub Rights Expand Under WI Distillpub Bill

A.B. 492 and companion S.B. 418 create a distillpub permit authorizing the manufacture, rectification, and sale of intoxicating liquor. Additionally, if a brewpub also holds a distillpub permit in the same name, the brewpub may hold any retail license …Read More

Wisconsin Legislative Proposal Impacts Three-Tier

A legislative proposal has been unveiled that its lead sponsor believes will start the discussion on how to improve the three-tier system. Among a variety of provisions, the proposal, dubbed Cheers Wisconsin!, would increase the production cap for brewpubs from …Read More

Wisconsin Craft Beverage Coalition Formed

The Wisconsin Craft Beverage Coalition, whose members include the Wisconsin Brewers Guild, the Wisconsin Winery Association, and the Wisconsin Distillers Guild, has been formed to promote the interests of the state’s craft beverage producers. The coalition was formed, at …Read More

Growler Sales Addressed in Wisconsin Bill

Amended in committee, Senate Bill 283 authorizes a brewer, at the request of a customer, to package and sell at retail, on brewery premises or at the brewer’s off-site retail outlet, refillable containers of the brewer’s own beer and of …Read More

Wisconsin Legislation Would Expand Growler Sales

Companion legislation Senate Bill 283 and Assembly Bill 391 seek to authorize Class “A” beer retailers (those authorized to engage in the retail sale of fermented malt beverages in original containers for consumption off the licensed premises, e.g. grocery stores, …Read More

Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Small Breweries Have a Voice in D.C.

While on a trip through her home state of Wisconsin, Senator Tammy Baldwin stopped to tour a few local breweries. Senator Baldwin, a member of the Small Brewers Caucus and an original co-sponsor of the Small BREW Act, met with …Read More

Deb Carey of New Glarus Brewing to sit with First Lady

New Glarus Brewing Co.'s owner, Deb Carey, will once again represent small business at the White House as she sits with first lady Michelle Obama during the State of the Union Tuesday evening. Read More

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Pete Johnson

State & Regulatory Affairs Manager

Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association. He joined the BA at its inception in 2005, having previously worked as Programs Director for the Brewers Association of America. Before coming to the small brewing industry in 2001, Pete worked for 14 years with both state and federal elected officials in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

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