First they came for the Jews, then they came for the trade unionists. Now they've came for the small non-macro brewers....
Budget Bill to Damage Wisconsin's small brewers.
The Chapter 125 Branch Legislation would:
All Wisconsin Breweries and Brewpubs will be negatively affected by losing their Wholesale and retail licenses and the benefits those licenses provide.
Eliminates the current option of a brewer choosing to self-distribute or starting a Wholesale Distribution Company.
Eliminates a Brewers current right to have ownership in two restaurants.
Protects (Grandfather Clause) currents Wholesalers retail licenses, while eliminating that benefit for new start up Wholesalers.
Unfairly burdens new Wholesalers and breweries with a requirement of 25 separate independent retail customers before a Wholesale license can be granted.
Eliminates the ability of Brewers to sell existing retail or wholesale operations separately from the brewing operation.
Eliminates current Wholesale investment in privately held Wisconsin Breweries while allowing investment in out of state and foreign and publicly traded breweries.
Of course you realize, this means war.