Supporters of an increase in the beer tax are frustrated by some high-level opposition.
Paul Jenkins of Mequon recalled a meeting with state Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker during which Decker said there was "no way in hell" he'd increase the tax on beer.
Jenkins' pregnant stepdaughter and her 10 year old child were killed by a drunken driver a year and a half ago.
He says he believes "any tax that hasn't been raised in 40 years needs to be looked at."
An Assembly committee has held a public hearing on the legislation.
The state's tax on beer has not been increased since 1969.