The state Senate Thursday concurred in amendments to a bill dealing with the state’s beer and wine hobbyists, and the legislation is now ready for consideration by Governor Scott Walker.
The measure from Neenah Republican, Senator Mike Ellis, will allow home-brewers to take small amounts of their beer-and-wines outside their homes and hold community contests. Current state law prohibits hobby brewers and wine makers from sharing their libations outside the home. The restriction led to cancellation of at least one home-brew festival in Racine, and made tasting and competitions technically illegal.
The action came on the final day of the Senate’s floor session. The chamber also concurred with Assembly changes to a pair of bills dealing with unemployment insurance, clearing the way for them to be signed into law by the governor.