The new overhaul of Wisconsin’s liquor laws will change the “happily ever after” for some wedding barns.
The legislature yesterday approved a rewrite of the state’s depression-era liquor code. In addition to changing some of the rules for breweries, wineries, and liquor distributors, the plan affects wedding barns by limiting them to six events per-year, or forcing them to get a liquor license. Supporters say the idea is to ensure safety at wedding barns that have been BYOB for years. Opponents say the Tavern League won, and is essentially erasing competition for local bars and taverns by regulating wedding barns out of business.