Small Wisco Beverage Makers Form Coalition
A coalition of craft beverage producers has formed to promote the interests of Wisconsin’s independent brewers, winemakers, and distillers. One leader of the newly formed Wisconsin Craft Beverage Coalition is Will Glass, of the Brewing Projekt in Eau Claire. Glass is also president of the Wisconsin Brewers Guild, which formed the coalition with the Wisconsin Winery Association and the Wisconsin Distillers Guild. “The Coalition will work to promote legislation that will allow Wisconsin’s craft beverage industry to grow and thrive and will raise awareness of all legislative and special interest proposals that would harm our small businesses,” a press release said. According to The Capital Times, “The alliance comes in response to an effort by the Wisconsin Beer Distributors Association and the Wisconsin Wine and Spirits Institute to tighten the state’s three-tiered system of manufacturing, distributing and selling alcoholic beverages by keeping small-scale producers from selling beverages for drinking on-site – a move that would stunt a growing industry.” A proposal to do just that has been circulating in the state Capital in recent weeks.