Wisconsin Legislature Approves Home Brew Bill Before Adjourning

Friday, March 16th, 2012 at 6:52 am

A bill that would make crucial changes to Wisconsin’s home brew law has passed the Legislature right before the session came to an end.

The bill now moves to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk. It would allow home brewers to make and share beer or wine outside their home.

Current state law prohibits home brewers from transporting any beer or wine they make. It technically makes tasting events and competitions illegal.

Several amendments were added to the original bill, including clarification that a state municipality can regulate a tasting event or competition. The change satisfies critics who say the original version ignored state regulations on alcohol distribution.

Homebrew groups say the current law is archaic, and hurts their beloved hobby of sharing.

The Legislature adjourned yesterday, bringing an end to a very difficult 2011-12 session. No word on if the legislators went and shared a brew together, but we know soon they’ll be battling it out during the wave of recalls coming up this summer.

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