House bill grants BYOW rights to Michigan winos

March 14, 2014

Is there a better way to kick off the weekend than with news that a new House Bill allowing Michiganders to bring our own wine into state bars and restaurants goes into effect today? We think not.

House Bill 5046, which Gov. Rick Snyder approved back in 2013, gives customers the right to bring their own bottles of vino to Michigan establishments that sport liquor licenses.

“The measure could help Michigan’s wine industry by allowing consumers to bring local bottles,” Scott Ellis, the executive director of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association, told MLive in a December interview. “Our restaurants are willing to say look, we can’t carry everything,” he said.

While the bill does give establishments the power to set their own corkage fees, customers are able to take unfinished bottles of wine home with them so long as the bottle has been re-capped.

Sounds pretty good to us. We’ll drink to that.

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