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The Tavern League is working hard in our local communities across the state of Wisconsin.

SafeRide Ad
August 15, 2019

15 and 30 second ad's promoting the SafeRide program!

Inaugural DOR on Tap Newsletter is LIVE!
August 1, 2019

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue is working to strengthen our communication with the alcohol beverage industry. We are excited to introduce "DOR on Tap: An Alcohol Industry Update." Published quarterly, it will provide a report of the activity of the Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Unit here at the department.

“Electronic bouncer:” Bar and Clubs Use ID Scanning Systems to Collect Information
July 26, 2019

The Tavern League of Wisconsin says it's a useful tool, but it's not for everyone. “Obviously we oppose underage drinking, but we don't think putting a...

A Lather Over Liquor Laws
July 11, 2019

Cap Times reporter Katelyn Ferral joins host Lindsay Christians on the podcast this week to talk about her recent story, "Who's calling the shots? Tavern owners want more regulation from the state in an increasingly competitive market."

Brown County Tavern League re-introduces SafePark Program for City of Green Bay
July 11, 2019

Who’s calling the shots? Tavern owners want more regulation from the state in an increasingly competitive market
July 3, 2019

Wisconsin’s Tavern League has been a political powerhouse for decades — advocating in the Capitol for thousands of bars and restaurants across the state that serve alcohol.

Supreme Court Affirms Police Can Order Blood Drawn From Unconscious DUI Suspects
July 2, 2019

In a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Wisconsin law that says motorists have given implied consent to having blood drawn.

New Wisconsin law removes limit on hard alcohol sales at liquor stores
June 25, 2019

Liquor store giant Total Wine & More got a total win in Wisconsin on Monday, with the signing of a bill that will allow some liquor stores to sell unlimited quantities of whiskey, gin, brandy and other distilled spirits during a single transaction.

Governor Tony Evers signed 2019 Senate Bill 83 into law
June 24, 2019

What Are The Biggest Beer Brands In America? Here's the top 31
June 21, 2019

Former Alcohol Chief Opposes Home Delivery Bills
June 3, 2019

Alcohol Delivery Bills
May 23, 2019

More Politics Than Science
May 17, 2019

On Tuesday, the American Beverage Institute (ABI) published an op-ed in The Washington Times responding to criticism from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The NTSB claimed ABI mischaracterized research that supported legislation to lower the legal blood-alcohol limit for driving from 0.08 to 0.05. ABI fired back.

May is Tavern Month - Charity Press Release
May 6, 2019

ABI op-ed puts CA .05 proposal into perspective
April 30, 2019

The American Beverage Institute (ABI) published an op-ed in the Napa Valley Register over the weekend that puts California’s .05 proposal into perspective while offering an important balancing viewpoint to the debate.

Letter to DOR Regarding Fact Sheet 3111 and 3112
April 26, 2019

DOR Private Event Fact Sheet
April 18, 2019

BMI and ASCAP Present Music Licensing Session at TLW Spring Conference
April 8, 2019

Draft Fact Sheet 3111
April 4, 2019

U.S. Rep. Dingell Pushes For Mandatory Interlocks To Prevent Drunk Driving
March 25, 2019

Retail Alcohol License Fact Sheet 3111 Available for Comment
March 21, 2019

Response to Governor Evers Statement On Private Events
March 12, 2019

Here's How Much A Case Of Beer Costs In Every US State
February 13, 2019

How does your state stack up? Check out the map and the full list.

Baraboo Honors Tavern Owner
February 5, 2019

Caflisch purchased Square Bar in 1968

Cold Weather Halts Wisconsin Beer Delivery
February 1, 2019

Cold weather halts Wisconsin beer delivery ... on average 25 trucks containing beer, wine, alcohol and more to local taverns and restaurants.

TLW Memo on Wedding Barns
January 22, 2019

Wedding Barn Owners File Lawsuit
January 15, 2019

Invitation to Bid - Wisconsin DOR Sale of Intoxicating Liquor
January 3, 2019

Sale consists of 1362 bottles of Taxed Intoxicating Liquor.  Bids will be accepted from either a wholesale Permittee or persons licensed to sell intoxicating liquor at retail (Class A or B Liquor License).  Product is located in Madison, WI and consists of 1218 total liters of intoxicating liquor.

The U.S. raises a glass to 100 years since Prohibition
January 2, 2019

On January 16, the U.S. ratified the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the "manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes."

'It saves a lot of lives': Tavern League encourages you to use SafeRide program on New Year's Eve
December 31, 2018

MADISON, Wis. - If you plan on going out to ring in the new year this year, know that you have options to get you home safely.

Christy's Landing is one of 200 members in Dane County of the Tavern League. All of those restaurants and taverns are involved in the year-long SafeRide program.

SafeRide program: Over three decades of success
December 31, 2018

Utah to implement the nation’s strictest DUI limit, first state to go to .05
December 20, 2018


ABI defends alcohol industry on Full Measure
December 18, 2018

Scotland's .05 legal limit has had no impact on traffic safety
December 18, 2018

Charted: America’s Biggest Brewers by Decade, From 1950 to Now
November 20, 2018

Big beer has an enormous footprint. We charted data from 1950 to the present to determine the largest brewers by decade, using figures from Beer Marketer’s Insights and BeerHistory.com. The results are staggering.

Craft Breweries oppose AB492
November 9, 2018

View the Wisconsin Craft Breweries who "support" TLW opposing AB492 (Cheers Bill).

We put UTAH to the Test
November 9, 2018

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah -- In a conference room at the Unified Police Department, FOX 13 put Utah's new .05 DUI law to the test.

When it goes into effect on New Year's Eve, Utah will have the nation's toughest DUI law, lowering the blood alcohol level from .08 to .05. It's been the subject of protests and pushback across the state, with worries it will harm tourism and jail casual drinkers. But so far, efforts to repeal it or modify it have failed on Utah's Capitol Hill.

AB492 Cheers Bill
October 24, 2018

This bill creates a distillpub permit issued by the Department of Revenue that authorizes the manufacture, rectification, and sale of intoxicating liquor other than wine (distilled spirits). The bill authorizes certain retail interests and activities of distillpubs and, if a person holds both a distillpub permit and brewpub permit, modifies the permissible retail interests for the brewpub.

AB492 TLW Position
October 24, 2018

The WisCraft brewers, state wineries and craft distillers have all indicated their support for the bill which is somewhat perplexing given that Wisconsin taverns are selling their products helping to contribute to their success. Despite our strong relationship with these craft manufacturers they have decided to support a bill which will decimate the very businesses selling their products today.

America’s Beer, Wine & Spirits Retailers Create 2.03 Million Jobs & $122.63 Billion in Direct Economic Impact
October 24, 2018

BETHESDA, MD – OCTOBER 23, 2018 – As the American economy continues to grow, a new economic impact report released today details the significant impact that America’s beer, wine and spirits retailers have on their local, state and national economies through job creation, direct economic impact and the generation of tax revenues.

American Beverage Institute (ABI) as “one of the biggest opponents of .05 legislation”
October 24, 2018

A Utah Jazz fan drinks a beer while watching a game at Legend Sports Grill in Salt Lake City last year. A new Utah law, which goes into effect Dec. 30, lowers the DUI blood alcohol threshold in the state from .08 to .05, a move that has been praised by traffic safety advocates and denounced by the restaurant and hospitality industry.

Wisconsin Brewers Guild Members
October 24, 2018

On behalf of the independent craft breweries of Wisconsin, we'd like to thank the retail partners who join craft breweries to contribute over $2 billion to Wisconsin's economy. Your commitment to quality Wisconsin products is not only vital to our state's economic prosperity, it is essential to our mutual success. We look forward to growing with you, creating more employment opportunities, and keeping our ties to local communities strong.

ABL's Position on Issues, Presentation by John Bodnovich
October 23, 2018

American Beverage Licensees Report

Tavern League of Wisconsin 83rd Annual Fall Convention & Trade Show.

U.S. Traffic Fatalities Fall Following Two Years of Rising Toll
October 9, 2018

Deaths on American roads fell by nearly 2 percent last year, blunting two years of increases that had troubled regulators and safety advocates.

Lowering the legal drinking limit isn’t the answer
September 19, 2018

Marcus Kowal’s Sept. 12 Wednesday Opinion essay “A proven way to save countless lives” criticized my organization — the American Beverage Institute — for its opposition to lowering the legal blood alcohol limit for driving from 0.08 to 0.05 blood alcohol content. While the tragedy prompting the author’s efforts is horrific, pushing this ineffective policy will not reduce the drunken- driving problem.

Wedding Barns - TLW Position
September 12, 2018

The Tavern League of Wisconsin has long supported fair competition among businesses in the hospitality industry. As long as the rules apply fairly to everyone – competition for business makes us all better and benefits our customers. Nobody supports a system which unfairly gives one side an advantage over the other – government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers. Yet that is what has happened when the Department of Revenue failed to require so called wedding barns to obtain a liquor/beer license for events they contract for at their establishments.

Remembering Lou Larson: Well-known area bar keeper died Tuesday
August 20, 2018

Randall "Lou" Larson — a popular bar-owner, bartender, home rehabber and Racine native — was 52 when he died Tuesday at his Lake Winnebago cottage after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Lavin family has long tavern history on central Wisconsin's back roads
August 8, 2018

Hacienda Bar - The Lavins bought Hacienda Bar on Highway E and Burma Ave.near the small communities of Stetsonville, Medford, Curtiss and Owen in the town of Maplehurst nearly a half-century ago.

May is Tavern Month!
May 17, 2018

Tavern League of Wisconsin member-businesses are gathering places for many communities throughout Wisconsin. “When these hardworking tavern owners join forces with their customers to support good causes, the results are incredible,” says Tavern League of Wisconsin Executive Director Pete Madland.

Tavern League of Wisconsin Donates More than $50,000 to VetsRoll, Funding Veterans’ Visits to War Memorials
April 16, 2018

Milwaukee – The Tavern League of Wisconsin donated more than $50,000 Thursday to an organization that honors both veterans and “Rosie-the-Riveters” by taking them on all-expenses-paid motor coach trips to war memorials in Washington, D.C.

Brown-Forman Retailer of the Year
April 5, 2018

Dennis Salverson and wife Mary receive the Brown-Forman Retailer of the Year award presented at the annual ABL conference in New Orleans. Dennis was named the Tavern League of Wisconsin’s Member of the Year.

Senate Republicans have decided not to take up AB 433
March 16, 2018

Senate Republicans have decided not to take up AB 433 on their final day of session next Tuesday. A growing number of Republican Senators did not want to upset barn owners by passing the bill. The bill passed the Assembly Committee on State Affairs 14-0 and the State Assembly on a voice vote. Despite the overwhelming support Senate Republicans decided to kill the bill for the session.

Point System Nixed in the City of Racine
February 7, 2018

RACINE — The Racine City Council on Tuesday night decided to send the liquor license of Curmudgeon’s Pub & Grill, 3458 Rapids Drive, to a due process hearing.

Also Tuesday, the Committee of the Whole directed a proposal by City Attorney Scott Letteney to change liquor licensing revocation practices back to his office for a re-draft with requested changes.

Rob Swearingen’s interview with Wisconsin Eye
December 15, 2017

On December 14, 2017, Senior Producer Steve Walters talked with State Representative Rob Swearingen about his proposed legislation to lower the state drinking age to 19.

What is going on with the Wisconsin Brewers Guild?
December 11, 2017

What is going on with the Wisconsin Brewers Guild? You likely received a letter from them last week
in which they question the integrity of our Membership, our Executive Director our lobbyist and our
Board. The Guild is not an affiliate member of the TLW and what is even more perplexing is why they
would choose to offend and cast aspirations against the retailers they depend on to succeed in
business. It makes no sense and is offensive to me as your new President.

Vilas County starts SafeRide program
December 4, 2017

EAGLE RIVER - People in Vilas County will now have a safe, free way to get home from many bars and taverns.

On Monday, Vilas County became the 64th of Wisconsin's 72 counties to start a SafeRide program. The program allows Tavern League members to hand out free taxi rides to people too drunk to drive.

Dan Ullsperger owns Buckshot's Saloon in Eagle River and helped start the program.

Despite Ridiculous Claims, Senate Tax Bill Won’t Kill Thousands of People
November 28, 2017

While trying to derail tax reform, there’s been no shortage of misleading statements and outright falsehoods. But a recent article in the Washington Post might be the most outrageous story to date. The article, titled “Here’s how many people would die as a result of the Senate’s tax cut on booze,” goes after a provision in the Senate bill that would reform excise taxes for brewers, distillers, and winemakers .

Stone Arch Brew House opposes 3 Tier Changes
November 13, 2017

As the owners of Stone Arch Brew House, we want to thank you for the support you have given us in the past.  It has helped us get to where we are and we hope you found it mutually beneficial.

MADD Against WI Bill Lowering Drinking Age
November 9, 2017

Wisconsin lawmakers are circulating a bill that would lower the drinking age in Wisconsin to 19. Mothers Against Drunk Driving quickly responded to the bill with strong opposition."We don't support anything that has any kind of acceptable loss of life, " Doug Scoles, Regional Director for MADD told NBC15 over the phone.

"Wisconsin Distillers Guild Membership List"
October 19, 2017

Click here to view the Wisconsin Distillers Guild Membership List.

October 11, 2017

FALLING ROCK OWNER "FEELING LESS LOVE" FROM BREWERY TAPROOMS. And, of course, taprooms are a hot topic too.
If you read CBD, you know of Chris Black's fallout with Oskar Blues [see CBD 05-25-2016]. After a two-decade relationship, the Colorado retailer blacklisted OB last summer after the brewer announced a new music venue/beer hall in downtown Denver.

Legislative Alert - Wineries want to stay open until midnight?
September 29, 2017

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism has scheduled a vote on Senate Bill 311, which allows wineries to stay open until midnight. The Tavern League of Wisconsin is opposed to this bill which will negatively impact Wisconsin’s mom & pop taverns and gives unfair advantage to wine manufacturers. Wineries should not get special carve outs in the law to give them an unfair advantage over other retailers!!

Legislative Alert!
September 21, 2017

Last week Assembly Bill 492 was introduced by the following legislators:
Representatives: Tauchen, Zimmerman, Kooyenga, Macco, Kulp, Duchow, Gannon, Hutton, Brandtjen, Skowronski, Ott, Wachs, Murphy, Allen, Pope
Senators: Harsdorf, Stroebel, Kapenga, Ringhand, Bewley
The Tavern League of Wisconsin is strongly opposed to these radical changes to the three tier system and urge you to contact your state legislators to urge them to oppose AB 492!!!

Wisconsin: Tavern League: 'We'll continue to fight' bill to change Wisconsin liquor laws
August 30, 2017

Wisconsin's Tavern League said Tuesday it will fight a Republican bill that would loosen the state's liquor laws for craft brewers, wineries and distilleries.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Gary Tauchen, R-Bonduel, would significantly roll back limitations on liquor manufacturers, wineries, craft brewers and distillers, by allowing them to serve and sell each other's products. The current limitations are in place as a part of the state's three-tier system, a framework of laws outlining how alcohol manufacturers, distributors and retailers can operate.

Legislative update from Madison... Breaking news!
August 14, 2017

Proponents of a bill to blow up the three tier have delayed introducing their bill by at least 2 weeks as they try to find legislators to co-author the bill. We think this is a good sign and illustrates that not many legislators are signing on their bill. Keep making the calls and emails … clearly legislators are hearing your voice.

The bill is being backed by Representatives Kooyenga, Tauchen, Macco, Zimmerman and Senator Harsdorf – be sure to let them know you are opposed!!

Kenosha County Tavern League - Flood fundraiser draws hundreds to help
August 8, 2017

WHEATLAND — Hundreds of people came together at Bella Vita banquet hall in Wheatland Sunday to raise money for those affected by the historic flood and to celebrate the spirit of volunteerism that washed over western Kenosha County like a wellspring.

Sharon Pomaville, director of the Sharing Center, said it is “heartwarming to see how the community turns out in its time of greatest need.”

“That compassion, that time and attention, that’s love,” Pomaville said. “And that love that we give to one another...that type of love can heal. It will help rebuild our community.”

Stand Up for Small Taverns in Wisconsin!!!
August 7, 2017

Stand Up for Small Taverns in Wisconsin!
Oppose Bill to Eliminate the Three Tier System!
Earlier this week, Representatives Tauchen, Kooyenga, Macco and Zimmerman and Senator Harsdorf circulated for co-sponsorship LRB 3614, which makes significant changes to the three tier system in Wisconsin. Passage of this bill would be devastating to independent Mom and Pop retailers. It is a radical approach to the regulation of the alcohol industry and unlike that seen in other states.

Legislators seek to dismantle three tier system – hurt Wisconsin’s tavern/restaurants!!!
August 3, 2017

The bill to dismantle the three tier system in Wisconsin is worse than we originally thought. The bill being sponsored by Republican Representatives Dale Kooyenga, Gary Tauchen, John Macco, Shannon Zimmerman and Senator Shelia Harsdorf devalues every existing licensing holder in Wisconsin while allowing large and small beer and wine manufacturers to unfairly compete against Mom and Pop tavern/restaurant owners in Wisconsin by granting them a liquor license morphing their business into the retail segment. This bill will decimate small Wisconsin taverns and restaurants!!

Tavern League: 'We'll continue to fight' bill to change Wisconsin liquor laws
August 3, 2017

Wisconsin's Tavern League said Tuesday it will fight a Republican bill that would loosen the state's liquor laws for craft brewers, wineries and distilleries.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Gary Tauchen, R-Bonduel, would significantly roll back limitations on liquor manufacturers, wineries, craft brewers and distillers, by allowing them to serve and sell each other's products. The current limitations are in place as a part of the state's three-tier system, a framework of laws outlining how alcohol manufacturers, distributors and retailers can operate.

Call Your Legislator - Making Three Tier More Friendly?
August 1, 2017

Representatives Dale Kooyenga, John Macco, Shannon Zimmerman, Gary Tauchen and Senator Shelia Harsdorf will be introducing legislation to give breweries and wineries an unfair financial advantage over Mom and Pop tavern owners in Wisconsin. Their bill will allow wineries and breweries to obtain a liquor license which is currently prohibited in Wisconsin and most every state in country because it erodes the three tier system and gives wineries and breweries an unfair competitive advantage over Mom and Pop taverns - which is why the law exists in the first place.

Employment of Minors, 2017 Wisconsin Act 11, Law Change - Effective June 23, 2017
June 23, 2017

Changes to Wisconsin's child labor law remove the requirement that 16- and 17-year-old minors obtain work permits prior to beginning work. This law also changes the terminology to be used and refers to the "employment of minors" instead of "child labor."

Effective June 23, 2017.

TLW 2017 Charity Press Release (May is Tavern Month)
May 5, 2017

MADISON, WI, MAY 3, 2017: May is Tavern Month and, once again,
the members of the Tavern League of Wisconsin want to remind
Wisconsinites of a tradition unique to our state, the local
tavern. For decades the local tavern has served as a gathering
place to join friends and family to celebrate a special
occasion, support a local sports team or to raise money for a
worthy cause. This tradition proudly continues.

TLW Donation Press Release from La Crosse
April 20, 2017

La Crosse, WI - The La Crosse, La Crosse City/County Tavern League presented a $10,000.00 check to Fisher House in Milwaukee, WI during a ceremony that took place at the State Tavern League Convention on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at the La Crosse Center. The check was accepted on behalf of Fisher House by Dick Leinenkugel, Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Chippewa Falls, WI.

TLW SafeRide Bills
April 18, 2017

There are two bills that have been introduced in the State Legislature that would help the TLW to promote our SafeRide program and increase utilization of our award winning program. Assembly Bill 138, authored by Rep. Pronschinske is before the Assembly Committee on State Affairs, and Senate Bill 98, authored by Senator Testin, is before the Senate Committee on Transportation and Veterans Affairs.

Confusion Over Wisconsin Drinking Law - Story | WeAreGreenBay
March 21, 2017

GREEN BAY, Wisc. (WFRV) The Brown County Tavern League is reaching out to officials after citations are issued for underage drinking.

According to Brown County Tavern League President Sue Robinson, it's a battle they've been fighting for years.

"We've been going in a circle around the county for a good 10-15 years now. Where the question gets confused, people will think between the age of 18 and 21 these people can't enter with their parents because they're now an adult. That's not the case and I think how it gets confused is people are not looking up the definitions."

Kenosha County Tavern League makes donations for new Sheriff’s Dept. K9 and other organizations
March 7, 2017

Their 13th annual fishing derby was canceled due to ice conditions, but the Kenosha County Tavern League Ice Fishing Party went on Saturday, Feb. 25. Saturday morning, Tavern League officials presented checks to several organizations.

Tavern League continues support for the hungry
February 27, 2017

RACINE — The Racine City Tavern League has sponsored the Thoughts for Food fundraiser for the 19th consecutive year, with contributions from the local league, their members, and support from the 1st and 9th Districts of the Tavern League of Wisconsin (TLW) and the Wisconsin Tavern League Foundation.

SafeRide Advertising Bill – Contact your Legislators
February 9, 2017

Video of The True Wisconsin Supper Club
January 5, 2017

View a YouTube video of "The True Wisconsin Supper Club"

Joey's story: A quarter century in the bar business
December 27, 2016

RACINE COUNTY — Joey LeGath is well known to many people from 26 years in the Racine-area tavern
business. He has owned five taverns including, currently: Joey’s on Taylor, 1863 Taylor Ave.; Joey’s on
Lathrop, 2054 Lathrop Ave.; and Joey’s West, 9825 Kraut Road in the Franksville area of Caledonia.
Here are some of his thoughts about his quarter-century in that business.

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