Michigan repeals beer keg tag law
GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- A policy meant to help prevent underage drinking is officially being repealed.
Keg tags will no longer be something customers need to worry about when buying a keg in Michigan.
Some local vendors say it was an unnecessary law.
"It is definitely a flawed system and a whole lot of extra effort for everyone involved," said Assistant Manager at Geyer's Party Haus Joseph Ferrari.
In 2010 a law was passed requiring anyone buying a keg to fill out a receipt. Customers had to put their name, phone number, address, date of birth and driver's license number.
"It was more that the customers would be annoyed by the fact that they had to fill out this paperwork instead of just being able to come in and get a keg and leave," said North Peak Brewing Company Manager Ryder Anderson.
Anderson said they already keep all the information for their own records. So taking the tags out of the equation keeps them from having to fill everything out twice.
"They feel like they are renting a car when they go get a keg," said Ferrari.
The law also made it so customers couldn't get their deposit back if the tag was removed. Removal of the tag could've resulted in up to 93 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.
"This does encounter a problem because people typically keep their kegs in ice," said Ferrari. "So the tags will typically slip off."
The policy was originally put in place to help prevent excessive and underage drinking, but Anderson said he doesn't believe it helped much.
"I don't think Putting a tag on it changed anything," said Anderson.
"I don't believe it made any difference," said Ferrari. "If they are going to try to give minors the keg they are going to do it one way or another. The tag doesn't prevent that."
Ferrari said what the tag might have helped with is identifying the person buying alcohol for minors.
"It does help law enforcement if they do raid one of these parties and there is a sticker on the [keg]," said Ferrari. "It tells them who provided the keg."
The repeal will officially go into effect in 90 days.