2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 125. Alcohol beverages.
125.26 Class “B" licenses.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 125.26 (2017)

125.26 Class “B" licenses.

(1) Every municipal governing body may issue Class “B" licenses for the sale of fermented malt beverages from premises within the municipality and may authorize an official or body of the municipality to issue temporary Class “B" licenses under sub. (6). A Class “B" license authorizes retail sales of fermented malt beverages to be consumed either on the premises where sold or off the premises. A license may be issued after July 1. That license shall expire on the following June 30. Persons holding a Class “B" license may sell beverages containing less than 0.5 percent of alcohol by volume without obtaining a license under s. 66.0433.

(2)

(a) Class “B" licenses may be issued to any person qualified under s. 125.04 (5). Such licenses may not be issued to any person acting as agent for or in the employ of another except that this restriction does not apply to a hotel or restaurant which is not a part of or located on the premises of any mercantile establishment, or to a bona fide club, society or lodge that has been in existence for at least 6 months before the date of application. A Class “B" license for a hotel, restaurant, club, society or lodge may be issued in the name of an officer who shall be personally responsible for compliance with this chapter.

(b)

1. Except as provided in s. 125.295, Class “B" licenses may not be issued to brewers or brewpubs.

2. A Class “B" license may not be issued to a person holding a wholesaler's permit issued under s. 125.28 or to a person who has a direct or indirect ownership interest in a premises operating under a wholesaler's permit issued under s. 125.28.

(2m) Notwithstanding s. 125.04 (3) (a) 3. and (9), a Class “B" license authorizes a person operating a hotel to furnish a registered guest who has attained the legal drinking age with a selection of fermented malt beverages in the guest's room which is not part of the Class “B" premises. Fermented malt beverages furnished under this subsection shall be furnished in original packages or containers and stored in a cabinet, refrigerator or other secure storage place. The cabinet, refrigerator or other secure storage place must be capable of being locked. The cabinet, refrigerator or other secure storage place shall be locked, or the fermented malt beverages shall be removed from the room, when the room is not occupied and when fermented malt beverages are not being furnished under this subsection. A key for the lock shall be supplied to a guest who has attained the legal drinking age upon request at registration. The hotel shall prominently display a price list of the fermented malt beverages in the hotel room. Fermented malt beverages may be furnished at the time the guest occupies the room, but for purposes of this chapter, the sale of fermented malt beverages furnished under this subsection is considered to occur at the time and place that the guest pays for the fermented malt beverages. Notwithstanding s. 125.32 (3), the guest may pay for the fermented malt beverages at any time if he or she pays in conjunction with checking out of the hotel. An individual who stocks or accepts payment for alcohol beverages under this subsection shall be the licensee, the agent named in the license if the licensee is a corporation or limited liability company or the holder of a manager's or operator's license or be supervised by one of those individuals.

(2s)

(a) In this subsection:

1. “Coliseum" means a multipurpose facility designed principally for sports events, with a capacity of 18,000 or more persons.

2. “Concessionaire" means a person designated by the owner or operator of a coliseum to operate premises in the coliseum and to provide fermented malt beverages to holders of coliseum suites.

(b) Notwithstanding s. 125.04 (3) (a) 3. and (9), a Class “B" license authorizes a person operating a coliseum or a concessionaire to furnish the holder of a coliseum suite who has attained the legal drinking age with a selection of fermented malt beverages in the coliseum suite that is not part of the Class “B" premises. Fermented malt beverages furnished under this paragraph shall be furnished in original packages or containers and stored in a cabinet, refrigerator or other secure storage place. The cabinet, refrigerator or other secure storage place or the coliseum suite must be capable of being locked. The cabinet, refrigerator or other secure storage place or the coliseum suite shall be locked, or the fermented malt beverages shall be removed from the coliseum suite, when the coliseum suite is not occupied and when fermented malt beverages are not being furnished under this paragraph. Fermented malt beverages may be furnished at the time the holder occupies the coliseum suite, but for purposes of this chapter, the sale of fermented malt beverages furnished under this paragraph is considered to occur at the time and place that the holder pays for the fermented malt beverages. Notwithstanding s. 125.32 (3), the holder of a coliseum suite may pay for the fermented malt beverages at any time if he or she pays in accordance with the terms of an agreement with the person operating the coliseum or with the concessionaire. An individual who stocks or accepts payment for alcohol beverages under this paragraph shall be the licensee, the agent named in the license if the licensee is a corporation or limited liability company or the holder of a manager's or operator's license or be supervised by one of those individuals.

(2u) Notwithstanding ss. 125.04 (3) (a) 3. and (9) and 125.09 (1), in addition to the authorization specified in sub. (1), a Class “B" license issued under this section to a caterer also authorizes the caterer to provide fermented malt beverages, including their retail sale, at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay during special events held at this museum. Notwithstanding sub. (1), a caterer may provide fermented malt beverages under this subsection at any location at the National Railroad Museum even though the National Railroad Museum is not part of the caterer's licensed premises, as described under sub. (3) in the caterer's Class “B" license, and even if the National Railroad Museum is not located within the municipality that issued the caterer's Class “B" license. A caterer that provides fermented malt beverages under this subsection is subject to s. 125.32 (2) as if the fermented malt beverages were provided on the caterer's Class “B" licensed premises. This subsection does not authorize the National Railroad Museum to sell fermented malt beverages at retail or to procure or stock fermented malt beverages for purposes of retail sale. This subsection does not apply if, at any time, the National Railroad Museum holds a Class “B" license.

(2w) Notwithstanding ss. 125.04 (3) (a) 3. and (9) and 125.09 (1), in addition to the authorization specified in sub. (1), a Class “B" license issued under this section to a caterer also authorizes the caterer to provide fermented malt beverages, including their retail sale, at the Heritage Hill state park during special events held at this park. Notwithstanding sub. (1), a caterer may provide fermented malt beverages under this subsection at any location at the Heritage Hill state park even though the Heritage Hill state park is not part of the caterer's licensed premises, as described under sub. (3) in the caterer's Class “B" license, and even if the Heritage Hill state park is not located within the municipality that issued the caterer's Class “B" license. A caterer that provides fermented malt beverages under this subsection is subject to s. 125.32 (2) as if the fermented malt beverages were provided on the caterer's Class “B" licensed premises. This subsection does not authorize the Heritage Hill state park to sell fermented malt beverages at retail or to procure or stock fermented malt beverages for purposes of retail sale. This subsection does not apply if, at any time, the Heritage Hill state park holds a Class “B" license.

(2x) Notwithstanding ss. 125.04 (3) (a) 3. and (9) and 125.09 (1), in addition to the authorization specified in sub. (1), a Class “B" license issued under this section also authorizes the licensee to provide fermented malt beverages, including their retail sale, at specific locations within the Ozaukee County fairgrounds for consumption at these locations during special events held at the fairgrounds, if the Ozaukee County board adopts a resolution approving the licensee and if the licensee's Class “B” licensed premises are located in Ozaukee County. Notwithstanding sub. (1), a licensee may provide fermented malt beverages under this subsection at the Ozaukee County fairgrounds even though the Ozaukee County fairgrounds are not part of the licensee's licensed premises, as described under sub. (3) in the licensee's Class “B” license, and even if the Ozaukee County fairgrounds are not located within the municipality that issued the Class “B” license. A licensee that provides fermented malt beverages under this subsection is subject to s. 125.32 (2) as if the fermented malt beverages were provided on the licensee's Class “B” licensed premises. Notwithstanding s. 125.34 (4) and (5), a wholesaler may deliver fermented malt beverages to the Ozaukee County fairgrounds to a licensee approved by the Ozaukee County board under this subsection and such an approved licensee may transport fermented malt beverages from its licensed premises to the Ozaukee County fairgrounds for purposes of selling the fermented malt beverages at the Ozaukee County fairgrounds. This subsection does not authorize Ozaukee County or any person operating or managing the Ozaukee County fairgrounds to sell fermented malt beverages at retail or to procure or stock fermented malt beverages for purposes of retail sale.

(3) Class “B" licenses shall particularly describe the premises for which issued and are not transferable, except as provided in s. 125.04 (12). A Class “B" license is subject to revocation for violation of any of the terms or provisions thereof.

(3m) A municipality may issue a Class “B" license authorizing retail sales of fermented malt beverages on a railroad car while the railroad car is standing in a specified location in the municipality.

(4) The fee for a Class “B" license shall be determined by the municipal governing body issuing the license but the fee may not exceed $100 per year. The fee for a license for less than 12 months shall be prorated according to the number of months or fraction thereof for which the license is issued.

(5) Class “B" licenses may be issued at any time for a period of 6 months in any calendar year, for which 50 percent of the license fee shall be paid. Such licenses are not renewable during the calendar year in which issued.

(6) Temporary Class “B" licenses may be issued to bona fide clubs and chambers of commerce, to county or local fair associations or agricultural societies, to churches, lodges or societies that have been in existence for at least 6 months before the date of application, and to posts of veterans organizations authorizing the sale of fermented malt beverages at a particular picnic or similar gathering, at a meeting of the post, or during a fair conducted by the fair association or agricultural society. The amount of the fee for the license shall be determined by the municipal governing body issuing the license but may not exceed $10. An official or body authorized by a municipal governing body to issue temporary Class “B" licenses may, upon issuance of any temporary Class “B" license, authorize the licensee to permit underage persons to be on the premises for which the license is issued. A license issued to a county or district fair licenses the entire fairgrounds where the fair is being conducted and all persons engaging in retail sales of fermented malt beverages from leased stands on the fairgrounds. The county or district fair to which the license is issued may lease stands on the fairgrounds to persons who may engage in retail sales of fermented malt beverages from the stands while the fair is being held. A municipal governing body may issue a temporary Class “B" license for premises that are covered by a “Class B" permit issued under s. 125.51 (5) (b) 2. if the applicant meets the requirements of this subsection. If a license is issued under this subsection to a fair association solely for the purpose of conducting on the licensed premises fermented malt beverages judging or tasting events involving servings of fermented malt beverages no greater than one fluid ounce each, s. 125.32 (2) does not apply to these licensed premises.

History: 1981 c. 79; 1985 a. 302; 1987 a. 249, 399; 1989 a. 253; 1991 a. 269; 1993 a. 112, 378; 1995 a. 282; 1999 a. 9; 1999 a. 150 s. 672; 2005 a. 22, 103; 2007 a. 20; 2009 a. 28; 2011 a. 32; 2011 a. 260 s. 81; 2013 a. 268; 2015 a. 62; 2017 a. 59, 95.

A municipality has authority to limit the area of the premises when it grants a license. Here, the town chose to license the entire 8 acres of a resort as the premises for the sale, and also the consumption, of fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquor. The town made that choice. The license was not void due to an insufficient description of the premises. Wisconsin Dolls, LLC v. Town of Dell Prairie, 2012 WI 76, 342 Wis. 2d 350, 815 N.W.2d 690, 10-2900.

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