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 other Wisconsin-made beer. The bill also authorizes Class “A” beer retailers (e.g. grocery, liquor and convenience stores) to sell beer in refillable containers and generally prohibits a brewer, brewpub, or beer wholesaler from furnishing anything of value to these retailers if the thing of value is associated with or related to the sale of beer in refillable containers. However, there are various exceptions, including for selling to the retailer equipment and supplies at fair market value.
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.See Pete Johnson's Articles