Alcoholic beverage issues.

Authors: Representative Edward Clere

Co-authors: Representative Thomas Dermody, Representative Dan Forestal, Representative Karlee Macer

Sponsors: Senator Ron Alting, Senator Mark Messmer

Co-Sponsors: Senator Lonnie Randolph


Requires brewers that are permitted to sell beer by the glass to make food available for consumption on the brewery premises. (Current law requires brewers that are permitted to sell beer by the glass to furnish the minimum food requirements as prescribed by the alcohol and tobacco commission (commission)). Provides that the holder of a farm winery permit or a small brewer's permit that provides only wine or beer by the glass at a festival, fair, or other temporary location and does not provide food: (1) is exempt from the sanitation requirements governing food establishments; and (2) may not be subject to local government licensure, registration, or certification. Allows a small brewer, with the approval of the commission, to participate in a trade show or an exposition for not more than 45 days in a calendar year. Allows a small brewer to store or condition beer in a building separate from the brewery that is owned or leased by the brewer. Provides that to qualify for an artisan distiller's permit, a person must hold at least a majority ownership interest (instead of 100% ownership interest) in the entity that holds a farm winery, brewer's, or distiller's permit. Provides that a township or county (in addition to a city or town) may not regulate a liquor retailer's business or affect a person's ability to hold a liquor retailer's permit. Repeals a provision requiring the clerk of a city or town to certify and mail to the commission an ordinance regulating a liquor retailer in violation of the law.