Trouble brewing in Wisconsin

Guess what? This family is regularly breaking the current brewing laws.

You see, the spouse and son #2 picked up brewing as a hobby. A rather delicious hobby at that. Although my kitchen floor suffers on bottling day, it’s been worth it. Batches 1 and 2 were spectacular, and while 3 proved a little less carbonated, it’s still quite drinkable.

Under the current Wisconsin law, if Son #2 thinks it would be a good idea to take a dozen bottles home with him, he’s in violation. In Wisconsin beer brewed at home must be consumed in that home.

A few home brewers are attempting to change that. They’d like to share their hobby and have tastings and competitions which are not allowed under the current arrangement. They convinced a couple of legislators to help them out by introducing a bill to allow such congenial sharing and competition.

The problem? The very powerful Tavern League of Wisconsin isn’t pleased with the idea. They are lobbying against any concession to the home brewers in this state.

We saw small brewers get slapped earlier this year with a budget decision to favor large distributors.

It’s an all out war on my right to drink good beer. Or at least that’s how I see it.

By the way, I first became aware of this issue from a blip in the online version of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. If you go read that link you will find absolutely nothing of value. No bill number; no indication of the bill’s sponsors. Really? And you wonder why people don’t buy the print version.


  1. I’m a avid homebrewer. Always push the household “limit”…Barons member too. The MJS article was a joke. This is about homebrewers having the freedom to share their hobby outside of the home at club meetings, competitions, among friends. Nothing more. Unfortunately, I see see Big Beer and the tavern league making this out to be more than what it really is.

  2. Randy in Richmond says:

    Definitely a top 10 title creation for a post. 🙂

  3. Cindy, fulfilling my promise, I must commend you on your astute observations. I agree wholeheartedly.

    I brewed regularly as a younger man, but have not since the daughters were born. Kids require much more attention than beer. The girls are a little older now; maybe it’s time to start up again. But that would mean stealing back my giant glass carboy that the girls are using as a penny jar.

    Should your son ever get busted for drinking his home brew in the wrong house, have him insist on a jury trial. No reasonable group of people would ever convict under this loopy law.