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 10,000 to 20,000 barrels annually and double the number of locations from which they can operate (up to 12); raise the cap on permits that brewers can hold to sell wine and distilled spirits on their premises; allow brewpubs to sell liquor on site; and eliminate the requirement that beer and liquor wholesalers have a minimum number of customers.
Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association (BA). 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