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Public Health of Madison and Dane County Notifies Licensed Food and Drink Establishments of Increased Enforcement Efforts to Combat COVID-19

On September 14th, Public Health Madison & Dane County sent a letter to all licensed establishments in Madison (with a copy to all licensed food and drink establishments in Dane County) to remind them of the provisions of PHMDC’s Emergency Order #9 and inform them of the possibility of increased fines if they do not comply with public health order

Beer and Wine To-go: Legality of Growlers in Wisconsin

If you haven’t had the pleasure of ordering a malt beverage to-go, then you likely haven’t had the chance to enjoy a growler. Growlers are simply jugs made from glass, stainless steel, or ceramic and the preferred container utilized by breweries and brewpubs to sell take-out beer. The popularity of growlers only resurged in the 1980s when brothers Charlie and Ernie Otto reintroduced the growler as a way to sell craft beer prior to their brewery’s ability to bottle. With growlers growing in popularity, how does ordering beer to-go fit into our local liquor laws?

Update on Wedding Barns and Alcohol Licenses: Conflicting Interpretations from Prior Administration Lead to Lawsuit Seeking Declaratory Judgment

Whether alcohol licenses are required for wedding barns continues to remain uncertain as a lawsuit is filed against the Evers Administration over the prior administration’s conflicting interpretations of Wisconsin’s alcohol licensing laws.

As discussed in a prior post, on November 16, 2018, former Attorney General Brad Schimel issued an informal and nonbinding analysis of Wisconsin’s alcohol license laws concluding that event venues, like wedding barns, qualify as “public places” under Wis. Stat. § 125.09(1), requiring an alcohol license to allow the consumption of alcohol on premises.

Gift Card Regulations

Federal law regulates “gift certificates,” “store gift cards,” and “general-use prepaid cards” (collectively, “Certificates”). The rules are primarily addressed toward electronic Certificates.