Wisconsin Beer

Today in 1848, Wisconsin became the 30th state.


Wisconsin Breweries

Wisconsin Brewery Guides

Guild: Wisconsin Brewers Guild

State Agency: Wisconsin Department of Revenue


  • Capital: Madison
  • Largest Cities: Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha, Racine
  • Population: 5,363,675; 18th
  • Area: 65503 sq.mi., 23rd
  • Nickname: Badger State
  • Statehood: 13th, May29, 1848


  • Alcohol Legalized: December 5, 1933
  • Number of Breweries: 101
  • Rank: 5th
  • Beer Production: 5,042,825
  • Production Rank: 12th
  • Beer Per Capita: 27.8 Gallons


Package Mix:

  • Bottles: 32.9%
  • Cans: 50.7%
  • Kegs: 15.8%

Beer Taxes:

  • Per Gallon: $0.07
  • Per Case: $0.15
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $2.00
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $2.00

Economic Impact (2010):

  • From Brewing: $1,032,177,290
  • Direct Impact: $2,484,025,728
  • Supplier Impact: $1,877,442,260
  • Induced Economic Impact: $1,724,136,014
  • Total Impact: $6,085,604,002

Legal Restrictions:

  • Control State: No
  • Sale Hours: On Premises: 6 a.m-2 a.m. Sunday–Thursday, 2:30 a.m. Friday–Saturday, no closing time on New Year’s Day.
    Off Premises: 8 a.m.–12 midnight for beer (some counties and municipalities only allow sales until 9 p.m. for beer), 8 a.m.–9 p.m. for liquor and wine
  • Grocery Store Sales: Yes
  • Notes: Wisconsin permits the consumption of alcohol by minors, provided they are being supervised by parents/guardians/spouses. Most municipalities have a uniform 9 p.m. restriction on all alcohol sales. Notable exceptions: La Crosse, Maple Bluff (near Madison), Baraboo (near the Dells). Supermarkets, liquor stores, and gas stations may sell liquor, wine, and beer.


Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.

For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.


  1. first stater says

    “Wisconsin permits the consumption of alcohol by minors, provided they are being supervised by parents/guardians/spouses. ”

    How dare they allow parents/guardians/spouses do their duty and sanely introduce alcohol to their children.

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