Thursday, February 21, 2013
Last year Big Bay started shipping its slate of craft beers to the twin cities and is now exploring a southern expansion into the Chicago area.
As a beermaker, Jeff Garwood says it doesn't get much better than Wisconsin. Garwood's slate of Big Bay Brewing Company craft beers have been lining liquor and grocery selves and on tap at local taverns and the Shorewood tasting room for roughly two years now — with a four month gap between Big Bay debuting and the tasting room opening. But recently, Garwood has expanded Big Bay's reach to Minnesota, shipping the craft beers to the twin cities. “The most important state to us is Wisconsin; it’s our home, it’s a great beer state,” said Garwood, co-founder of the brewing company. Being a microbrewer, Garwood says Big Bay doesn't necessarily have a marketing budget, so the tasting room serves as a way to get Big Bay beer into people's hands…
Sunday, June 26, 2011
But controversial provision that could hurt microbrewers statewide isn't one of them.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Hours before he is slated to sign the 2011-13 state budget into law, Gov. Scott Walker Sunday morning announced that he will make 50 vetoes or partial vetoes in the spending plan approved by the Legislature. "These vetoes remove unnecessary reports and requirements, clarify program implementation timelines, and improve the intended focus of certain programs," the Republican governor said in his budget address and veto message. JSOnline is reporting that Walker will veto one provision that would have allowed bail bondsmen in Wisconsin and another that would have let fired Milwaukee police officers to continue to receive pay while they appealed their dismissals. He also plans to use his vast veto powers to bar public employees from …
Friday, June 24, 2011
A provision in state budget would ban brewers from distributing their beer or owning a tavern.
Big Bay Brewing Co. is joining microbrewers around the state who are worried about the effect of a provision in the state budget bill that bans beer-makers from also distributing their beverage. The Milwaukee-based beer brewer runs a tasting room in Shorewood, 4517 N. Oakland Ave., and owner Jeff Garwood says he's afraid about its future if Gov. Scott Walker doesn't veto the provision. "My tasting room, because it's not part of a brewery operation, could be shut down," Garwood said. The provision, which bans brewers from owning distributorships, is part of the 2011-13 budget that Walker plans to sign on Sunday. State legislators who oppose the measure also say it would also ban brewers from owning taverns. On Wednesday, a bipartisan group …