Today, the Wisconsin Senate passed AB32, a bill allowing cocktails to-go from restaurants and taverns which would increase consumer convenience and support local hospitality businesses devastated by COVID-19. The bill now heads to Governor Tony Evers for his signature.
“Cocktails to-go has proved to be a vital economic lifeline for hospitality businesses across the U.S.,” said Kristi Brown, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Senior Director of State Government Relations. “Allowing cocktails to-go in Wisconsin will provide much-needed relief for local restaurants and taverns that are struggling to survive the harsh economic impacts of the pandemic. We thank the legislature for passing this business- and consumer-friendly measure and encourage Governor Evers to sign this bill as soon as possible.”
Currently, more than 30 states plus the District of Columbia are allowing restaurants and/or bars to sell cocktails to-go. Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky and the District of Columbia have all made COVID-era cocktails to-go measures permanent. More than 30 other states are also considering allowing, extending or making permanent cocktails to-go measures.
The distilled spirits industry is committed to responsibility and encourages moderation for adults who choose to drink alcohol. Cocktails to-go are intended for home consumption. Laws governing alcohol consumption must always be observed.