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 authorized for the brewpub or distillpub, and the brewpub may self-distribute its own beer directly to any of these retail licensed premises, without this distribution counting toward the brewpub’s 1,000 barrel self-distribution limit. The bills would also increase, from 10,000 to 20,000 barrels per year, the amount of beer that a brewpub may manufacture and the number of locations for which a person may hold a brewpub permit from six to 12. Finally, the bills allow any brewer holding a brewer’s permit to sell intoxicating liquor at retail for on-premise consumption at the brewery premises or the brewery’s off-site retail outlet. As under current law, intoxicating liquor sold by the brewer must be purchased from a wholesaler.


  1. A.B. 492

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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