Wisconsin Libertarians to Host Beer-ocracy to Oppose Craft Beer Regulations

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In late-June, a memo detailing plans for a bill that would prohibit craft breweries and wineries from selling their products where they are brewed was acquired by Americans For Prosperity and created immediate public backlash.

Wisconsin Brewers Guild Executive Director Mark Garthwaite stated that these regulations would put “handcuffs on that economic engine[…]” that is the craft brewery market and owners of these establishments were not consulted or informed on the impact of the legislation.

These groups were even more concerned because of the Wisconsin General Assembly’s habit of using 999 motions (a motion Journal Sentinel describes as “[…] intended to address technical issues and correct problems in the budget bill before it goes to the full Legislature”) to slip in last minute additions to the state budget. Using this, the Assembly could pass the regulations without giving the public time to object.

Craft brewery owners suspected that bar owners pushed legislators to consider this proposal because the craft breweries were performing better. Wisconsin Brewer’s Guild President William Glass claimed “They see us as a threat because our parking lots are full and theirs aren’t.”

In response, the Libertarian Party of Dane County plans to have a Beer-ocracy party featuring speakers and panelist from the craft breweries in Wisconsin. “We believe that the success of Wisconsin craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries is key to the health of Wisconsin’s economy and vital to preserving its culture. We are taking a stand against these regulations and are working with small business owners to push intelligent regulation reforms. Wisconsin needs less bureaucracy and more Beer-ocracy,” states the Party on social media.

Fortunately, a Republican legislator informed the public that the proposal will not make it to the final budget. So, the Dane County party’s event will transform from a protest to a celebration. Congratulations to the party in defeating regulations that would stifle the economy and continue the country’s trend of crony capitalism.


Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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