June 23, 2011
Dear AHA, BA and Support Your Local Brewery Members,
The Wisconsin Brewer's Guild has requested that beer enthusiasts take action to oppose a provision in the state budget detrimental to the state's small brewers and beer consumers.
Please read the following information provided by the Wisconsin Brewer's Guild.
The Wisconsin Brewer's Guild is asking for your immediate help in sending a message to Governor Walker asking him to veto budget language related to microbreweries.
The language in question, known as Motion 414, would take away small brewers' abilities to distribute each other’s beers and own and operate their own taverns. Such drastic alterations to a proven, successful business model will stifle growth and result in job losses.
Unfortunately, when this issue was discussed, small brewers weren't even consulted and have been completely shut out of the legislative process. The Guild has pledged to sit down with legislators, government officials and other interested parties to discuss the issues and find common ground, but that can’t happen if the budget is signed into law with Motion 414 as part of the bill. Read the guild’s letter to the Governor (PDF).
Please email and/or call the Governor’s office today and tell him to veto Motion 414 in its entirety and allow Wisconsin’s small breweries to continue to create jobs and add value to the state’s economy.
You can find Governor Walker's contact information here: http://walker.wi.gov/section.asp?linkid=1714&locid=177
Thanks for your support of Wisconsin’s small brewers.
Jeff Hamilton, President
Wisconsin Brewer’s Guild
Thanks for your support of Wisconsin’s small brewers,
Thank you for contacting Governor Walker's office to support small brewers.
Calling legislators is easy. A staffer will answer the phone. Tell the staffer your name and where you're from and tell him/her that you're calling to urge Senator/Representative to support the bill. He/she will thank you for your call and that's it. There's nothing to it. It will only take you a minute or two, but it makes all the difference.
Stott Noble, Homebrewer