In a protest designed to evoke the Boston Tea Party, a group of Wisconsin brewers tipped beer into the Milwaukee River yesterday (10 July) to publicise their opposition to proposed new legislation affecting craft brewers.

A proposed update to post-Prohibition legislation will divide small brewers into two classes, those who will also serve food in pub breweries, and those who are looking to bottle and distribute beer externally. The latter class would face new restrictions on foodservice.

The brewers maintain that it is unfair to ask start-up and developing small businesses to decide on their precise strategy so early.

"Every business takes on a life of its own," said Jim McCabe, proprietor of the Milwaukee Ale House. "For the guy that wants to start a brewery tomorrow, he's got to make decisions early in his business life that aren't possible."