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As home to roughly 120 breweries, Wisconsin is part of the nationwide explosion of craft breweries. With the popularity of craft brews continuing to grow, it’s a great time to learn more about the legalities surrounding the industry.
From constructing the initial legal framework for starting a business, to helping your clients decide between contract brewing or an alternating proprietorship, lawyers play a vital part in getting a new brewery off the ground.
On Tap: The Changing Landscape of Alcohol Beverage Law in Wisconsin is your guide to alcohol regulations, licensing, sales, operational issues, and even how to start a brewery.
A toast to tiers
Alcohol regulations divide the booze business into three main tiers – manufacture, distribution, and retail. Federal, state, and local laws may apply to all or some of the tiers and must be navigated correctly.
Regulations aim to keep each tier separate and distinct. For example, manufacturers can’t distribute, distributors can’t retail, and retailers can’t distribute or manufacture.
However, there are exceptions. Two notable ones include breweries with taprooms that are both manufacturing the beer and selling it directly to consumers, and brew pubs that sell various types of alcohol and serve food.
On Tap explains the three-tier regulatory framework, explores common exceptions, and covers jurisdictional regulations.
A liquor license can be a crucial asset for a restaurant, tavern, hotel, or event. Helping your clients adhere to complex regulations governing the sale of alcohol can make you a valuable resource.
On Tap walks you through the process of obtaining a retail alcohol license. Learn how to prevent common operational issues facing today’s alcohol retailers. Plus, go over the requirements for retail alcohol sales in a variety of settings, including sampling, collector sales, catering, alcohol festivals, picnics, and more.
What if your client wants to brew in Wisconsin?
Producing beer requires the specialized skill of brewers, but it also requires lawyers. Attorneys are needed to ensure that the brewery’s owners can legally mill, mash, boil, ferment, cap, chill, label, and sell their beer. Learn what it takes to start a brewery in the Badger State at On Tap.
Get the insights you need to guide your clients through the ins and outs of alcohol regulations at On Tap: The Changing Landscape of Alcohol Beverage Law in Wisconsin.