Wisconsin now has a law that allows restaurants and bars to safely sell craft cocktails and wine by the glass to customers for carryout. WRA has been advocating for this measure for over 10 months. Allowing cocktails to go will offer a nice boost in revenue for restaurants wishing to offer them to their customers.
The law went into effect on Sunday, March 28th.
Remember that cocktails sold to-go must be in a container with a tamper evident seal. “Tamper-evident seal” means a device or material that is used to securely and fully close off a container, with no perforations, in such a manner that access to the contents of the container cannot be gained without showing evidence of tampering. This means a restaurant cannot put a cocktail in a plastic cup with a lid with a straw hole. WRA strongly urges you to securely seal cocktails with heat seal bands, strong “deli” style tape/stickers or invest in jars and pouches specifically created for to-go beverages that need to be sealed. Pouches may not have holes for straws.
Sunday, March 28th
Cocktails sold to go must be in a container with a tamper evident seal. Your normal soda cup and lid with a straw hole is not allowed. To use a plastic cup and lid, you need to use a lid with NO straw holes and secure the lid with strong tape. You should securely seal cocktails with heat seal bands, strong tape/stickers, or invest in jars and pouches specifically created for to go beverages that need to be sealed.
Only if the contents is securely sealed with heat seal bands, strong tape or stickers. To use a foam cup and lid, you need to use a lid with NO straw holes and secure the lid with strong tape.
Secure tape or stickers will work but we encourage you to invest in tampersafe type tape or other containers specifically made for cocktails-to-go until the DOR issues official guidance. Check with your local carry out supply vendor for tampersafe type tape. Tape used by delis and coffee shops to secure the contents of containers would work too.
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- Supplier members who carry tamperproof products can contact the WRA to be listed.
Yes, however, Wisconsin state statute limits the container size to no more than 1.75 liter or about 59 fluid oz. (excluding wine)
Tax 8.41 Size of containers. (1) No manufacturer, rectifier, wholesaler, retailer or other person licensed for the sale of intoxicating liquor shall possess intoxicating liquor, not including wine, in a container of more than 1.75 liter (59.1752 fluid ounce) capacity, except alcohol intended for industrial, medicinal, scientific or mechanical purposes.
Yes, the minor can take the order but no serving, selling, dispensing, or giving away alcohol beverages.