WAUKESHA - Changes may be made to the Waukesha
Municipal Code after some revisions to Wisconsin’s alcoholic
beverage laws went into effect this month in the new state
budget to outline the parameters of hard cider sales at local
The Ordinance & License Committee will meet
Monday to discuss amending the city’s Municipal Code regarding
the sale of “intoxicating liquors” at gas stations to comply
with the new state law.
Currently the city does not offer a Class A
license to sell such beverages at any filling station or
convenience store where gasoline is sold and dispensed into
vehicles, according to a letter to the committee from City
Attorney Brian Running.
But that is now in conflict with a state law that
states municipalities must grant Class A licenses to such
businesses if the sale of intoxicating liquors is restricted to
cider, and the business already holds a Class A license for beer
Cider - defined as any alcohol beverage “obtained
from the fermentation of the juice of apples or pears and that
contains not less than 0.5 percent alcohol by volume and not
more than 7.0 percent alcohol by volume” - is now classified as
a wine, which is an “intoxicating liquor.”
Therefore, the city’s current code prohibits
selling cider at gas stations while state law demands any
business requesting a license to do so must be granted one.
Running said the city already has a pending
application from a Kwik Trip, and believes more will soon
He suggests altering the Municipal Code to read:
“Sales of Intoxicating Liquors at Motor Vehicle Fueling Stations
Prohibited; Exception. No ‘Class A’ intoxicating liquor license
shall be issued to any establishment at which gasoline, diesel
fuel, E85, or any other fuel for motor vehicles is offered for
sale to the public; except a ‘Class A’ intoxicating liquor
license for the sale of cider only.”
The O&L Committee is expected to make a
recommendation to the Common Council regarding the matter.
Monday’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers of
Waukesha City Hall, 201 Delafield St.