Grocery and Liquor Stores Could Sell Alcohol Earlier

10/28/11 – It’s now up to Governor Scott Walker to decide if Wisconsin liquor stores can open two hours earlier than they do now. State senators voted 23-to-8 yesterday to give communities the option of letting grocery and liquor stores start selling beer-and-booze at six in the morning, instead of the current eight. The measure passed the Assembly on a voice vote earlier this week. Supporters say the change would serve late night workers and early morning vacationers. But opponents said it would send the wrong message while it promotes Wisconsin’s already omni-present alcohol culture. The bill does not change the maximum retail closing times for alcohol sales – nine at night for the hard stuff, and midnight for beer.