Approved Returns Outlined in Michigan Bill

Senate Bill 357 would amend the Michigan Liquor Control Code to allow a wholesaler or manufacturer to refund to a retailer the amount the retailer paid for beer or wine, as applicable, or allow a wholesaler or manufacturer to replace that beer or wine for any of the following reasons: the beer or wine was outdated; seasonal closing of the retailer; the retailer went out of business or the Michigan Liquor Control Commission placed the retailer’s license in escrow; driver or salesperson delivery error; the retailer made an order error; the supplier discontinued the brand; the Commission suspended or revoked the retailer’s license; a short fill; the beer or wine was off taste or off color, had sediment in it, or was adulterated, contaminated, or spoiled; breakers or leakers at the time of delivery; Internal Revenue Service or Michigan Department of Treasury seizure; salable product not used by a special licensee.


  1. Senate Bill 357

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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