2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 125. Alcohol beverages.
125.295 Brewpub permits.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 125.295 (2017)

125.295 Brewpub permits.

(1) The department shall issue brewpub permits to eligible applicants authorizing all of the following:

(a) The manufacture of fermented malt beverages on the brewpub premises if the entire manufacturing process occurs on these premises and not more than 10,000 barrels of fermented malt beverages are manufactured in a calendar year by the permittee's brewpub group.

(b) The bottling on brewpub premises of fermented malt beverages that have been manufactured on these premises.

(c) The packaging in refillable containers exceeding 24 ounces in volume, at the request of a customer and on brewpub premises, of fermented malt beverages that have been manufactured on these premises.

(d) The possession and storage of any fermented malt beverages on brewpub premises.

(e) The transportation of fermented malt beverages that have been manufactured on the brewpub premises between these premises and any other brewpub premises or Class “B" premises of the brewpub group.

(f) Subject to s. 125.34 (3) and (4), the sale at wholesale, shipment, transportation, and delivery, in original unopened packages or containers, to wholesalers, from the brewpub premises, of fermented malt beverages that have been manufactured on these premises or on other brewpub premises of the brewpub.

(g) The sale at wholesale, shipment, transportation, and delivery, in original unopened packages or containers, to retailers, from the brewpub premises, of fermented malt beverages that have been manufactured on these premises or on other brewpub premises of the brewpub. A brewpub's brewpub group may not sell, ship, transport, or deliver more than a total of 1,000 barrels of fermented malt beverages in any calendar year to retailers under this paragraph. Fermented malt beverages provided by a brewpub to any retail premises for which the brewpub group holds a retail license shall not be included in any calculation of the 1,000 barrel limitation under this paragraph. Deliveries and shipments of fermented malt beverages by a brewpub under this paragraph shall be made to retailers only at their retail premises. Any retailer receiving such a delivery or shipment is subject to the prohibition under s. 125.34 (5) against further transporting the delivery or shipment to any other retail premises.

(h) The sale of alcohol beverages at retail on the brewpub premises in accordance with the terms of any retail license specified in subs. (2) (a) 4. and (3) (b) and (c).

(i) Notwithstanding s. 125.33 (1), the ownership, maintenance, and operation of places for the sale of fermented malt beverages at the state fair park or on any county fairgrounds located in this state if the fermented malt beverages have been manufactured by the brewpub.

(2)

(a) An applicant is eligible for a brewpub permit only if all of the following apply:

1. The applicant's brewpub group manufactures a total of not more than 10,000 barrels of fermented malt beverages in a calendar year.

2. The applicant's entire process for manufacturing fermented malt beverages occurs on premises covered by a permit issued under this section. If the applicant holds more than one permit issued under this section, the applicant is not required to manufacture fermented malt beverages on each premises for which a permit is issued under this section.

3. The applicant operates a restaurant on the premises for which the permit is issued, for which a license is issued under s. 97.30 for a restaurant.

4. The applicant holds a Class “B" license for the restaurant identified in subd. 3. and, on these Class “B" premises, offers for sale, in addition to fermented malt beverages manufactured by the applicant, fermented malt beverages manufactured by a brewer other than the applicant and its brewpub group.

5. The applicant holds a valid certificate issued under s. 73.03 (50).

6. Neither the applicant nor the applicant's brewpub group holds, or has a direct or indirect ownership interest in a premises operating under, any of the following:

a. A Class “A" license issued under s. 125.25.

b. Except as provided in subd. 4. and subs. (1) (h) and (3) (b), a Class “B" license issued under s. 125.26.

c. A wholesaler's permit issued under s. 125.28.

d. A brewer's permit issued under s. 125.29.

e. Except as provided in subs. (1) (h) and (3) (c), a “Class B" license or permit or “Class C" license issued under s. 125.51.

f. An alcohol beverage warehouse permit issued under s. 125.19.

(b) If an applicant under par. (a) has no current operations, the applicant may certify that the applicant has applied for or will apply for a Class “B" license or license under s. 97.30 for a restaurant or will comply with any other requirement under par. (a), prior to or upon commencing operations authorized under this section. If a Class “B" license or license under s. 97.30 for a restaurant is not subsequently issued to the applicant, or if the applicant otherwise fails to comply with any requirement for eligibility under par. (a), the department may revoke under s. 125.12 (5) the permit issued under this section.

(c) If an applicant under par. (a) holds any license or permit prohibited under par. (a) 6. at the time of its application, the applicant may certify that the applicant will surrender any such license or permit upon issuance of a permit under this section. If the department issues a permit under this section and the applicant fails to surrender any license or permit prohibited under par. (a) 6., the department may revoke under s. 125.12 (5) the permit issued under this section. An applicant is not required to surrender any Class “B" license issued under s. 125.31 (1) (a) 2., 2009 stats., or under s. 125.31 (1) (a) 3., 2005 stats., if the applicant's continued possession of the license is consistent with subs. (1) (h), (2) (a) 4., and (3) (b) and (c).

(3)

(a) No brewpub group may hold more than 6 brewpub permits issued under this section.

(b) A brewpub may not hold any Class “B" license other than one issued for a restaurant on the brewpub premises. Notwithstanding s. 125.26 (2) (a), each Class “B" license shall be issued for the brewpub's restaurant in the same name as the permittee under this section. Notwithstanding s. 125.33 (1), a brewpub may own the furniture, fixtures, fittings, furnishings, and equipment on the Class “B" premises and shall pay any license fee or tax required for the operation of the premises.

(c) Subject to the requirements specified in s. 125.51 (3) and (3m), a brewpub may also hold “Class B" licenses and “Class C" licenses, but only for restaurants on brewpub premises.

(4) The fee established by the department for a brewpub permit shall not exceed the fee established by the department for a permit under s. 125.29.

(5) The department shall promulgate rules and prescribe forms to ensure strict compliance with the requirements under this section.

History: 2007 a. 20; 2011 a. 32; 2013 a. 165; 2015 a. 55.

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