Can an alcohol beverage licensee
allow a person to bring their own alcohol into a licensed premises for
consumption or other use?
No. Such action is prohibited under Wisconsin’s alcohol beverage laws. Wis. Stat. sec 125.32(6)(a) provides:
BEVERAGES ON WHOLESALE AND RETAIL PREMISES. Except as provided in s.
125.33(2)(o) or 125.70, no person may possess on the premises covered by
a retail or wholesale fermented malt beverages license or permit any
alcohol beverages not authorized for sale on the premises. [emphasis added].
The only alcohol beverages
authorized for sale on a licensed premises are those purchased from a
licensed wholesaler. See Wis. Stat. secs. 125.33(9) (fermented malt
beverages) and 125.69(6) (intoxicating liquor). Accordingly, the only
alcohol beverages that may be possessed in a bar, nightclub, restaurant
or other establishment covered by a retail or wholesale fermented malt
beverage license is the alcohol that has been purchased by the licensee
from a licensed wholesaler and “bring your own” is not allowed for beer
or alcohol on such premises.