Two Madison brewpub businesses have stopped selling MillerCoors beers in support of other craft brewers who fear the effects of the beer distribution provisions in the state budget.
MillerCoors is a key supporter of the legislation, along with the Tavern League of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Grocers Association.
Though brewpubs apparently won't be affected by the legislation, Great Dane Pub and Brewing Co. and Vintage Brewing Co. confirmed this week they had ended sales of MillerCoors brands such as Miller Genuine Draft, Miller Lite, Leinenkugel's, Blue Moon and Molson.
Eliot Butler, Great Dane president, said the Dane's four locations have dropped MillerCoors indefinitely "in solidarity with the (Wisconsin) Brewers Guild and with the craft brewers of Wisconsin."
Sales of MillerCoors were modest at Vintage's West Side brewpub, said Robyn Klinge, spokeswoman and brewer's assistant, but Vintage Spirits & Grill, a traditional bar/restaurant Downtown, sold 18 barrels of MillerCoors a week.
"We wanted to make a statement," she said. "If you hurt them, you hurt us, as far as we're concerned."