WisCon 40 Chair
After examining our insurance policy and our contract with the hotel, WisCon is making some changes to the way alcohol is served at parties in convention spaces. Here are the main points:
Party hosts can no longer directly serve alcoholic beverages to their guests. Instead, they will be able to provide (sealed, legally purchased) bottles to a hotel bartender on the sixth floor who will serve them. The bartender will be on duty during some of the party hours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights during the convention. The Parties Coordinator will be working with party hosts to determine exactly which hours those will be.
As always, alcohol will be available for purchase from the hotel at the bar on the first floor, in the Governor’s Club, and at the bar on the second floor during special events (such as the Dessert Salon and the Karaoke Party).
Why are these changes happening?
This is the best way to satisfy the constraints of our insurance policy, our contract with the hotel, and the hotel’s liquor license. This ensures that alcohol is served at the convention in a way that is aboveboard and, most importantly, safe.
What about homebrew?
Unfortunately, the hotel’s liquor license does not allow it to serve homebrew. The same goes for premixed cocktails (although the bartender will be able to mix drinks).
How does this affect room parties?
Parties held in private hotel rooms are unaffected. Parties held in rooms that receive the sixth floor discount may have some additional, minor restrictions.