The beer-, sausage-, and cheese-scarfing state of Wisconsin has taken a bold step forward toward a brave new world of free brew. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that the state Senate has passed a bill that would allow grocery stores to offer samples of up to 6 ounces of free beer per day to people of legal drinking age.

Sen. Pat Kreitlow, D-Chippewa Falls, home of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., is the bill’s main sponsor. He said the measure is designed to help beer manufacturers compete with wine makers.

And speaking of that particular brewer: Now that the weather’s turning summery, the next time you’re in the Upper Midwest get yourself a Leinie’s Honey Weiss. It’s one of those rare magical beers that manage to be crisp and easy to drink without losing their soul.

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