WAUKESHA — New legislation proposed in the state Senate
would allow class A liquor license holders to sell and
fill growlers to the general public on location.
Growlers are containers, often in 32 or 64 ounces, used
to hold draft beer. Grocery stores are among the several
class A licensees that would be eligible for the growler
Senators Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield; Howard Marklein,
R-Spring Green; Janis Ringhand, D-Evansville; Roger
Roth, R-Appleton; Duey Stroebel, R-Saukville; and Leah
Vukmir, R-Wauwatosa, introduced the bill on Sept. 30.
After a first reading the bill was referred to Committee
on Public Benefit and Regulatory Reform.
Koenen, an aide for Kapenga, said the senator is backing
the bill because of the free market principles
associated with it.
offers consumers a choice and with the growth in craft
beer across the country,” Koenen said. “It’s something
that people want.”
Koenen said if the legislation passes, it’ll allow
smaller craft breweries access to a greater number of
customers across the state. He added the bill has the
support of several grocers and there are several stores
with class B licenses already featuring growler
Allen Leofilos, co-owner of Hops and Leisure, a
restaurant and brew house featuring growlers in
Oconomowoc, supports the bill.
think it can only help the craft market,” Leofilos said.
“The more consumers and the more people that are
consuming craft beer, the better.”
Laev, president of Ray’s Wine and Spirits in Wauwatosa,
also supports the bill.
Ray’s features a “growler gallery” above it where
customers can fill growlers with one of eight beers on
agreed with Leofilos on the legislation being good for
the craft market and offered his support.