Brewpub Rights Expand Under WI Distillpub Bill

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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.

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