Update: The Sunday Growler Sales Race Is On

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Growler and 750ml bottle sales from breweries are now allowed on Sundays under Minnesota state law, though local municipalities have the final say on whether to allow the sales in their individual jurisdictions // Photo by Ellen Burkhardt

Updated: June 1, 2015

Cities across the state of Minnesota are updating their ordinances to allow Sunday growler sales following a law change at the state level that permits them pending local approval. Below is a chronological list of effective dates for Sunday growler sales in individual cities. Check brewery websites and social media channels for their Sunday hours and specifics.

May 28, 2015

May 31, 2015

June 7, 2015

June 14, 2015

June 21, 2015

June 28, 2015

July 5, 2015

  • St. Paul – (See our brewery map for individual breweries)

Updated: May 28, 2015

This Sunday, May 31, Sunday growler sales go into effect in the city of Shakopee, home of Badger Hill Brewing Company. Badger Hill’s taproom will be open and selling pints and growlers from noon–8pm.

In Minneapolis, the Community Development and Regulatory Services Committee approved Sunday growler sales at its May 19 meeting and the the full city council will take up the issue on June 5. If the council approves the ordinance change—as it’s widely expected to do—it would go into effect on Sunday, June 14.

The St. Paul City Council approved Sunday growler sales in a 5–1 vote on May 27, though the change won’t go into effect until Sunday, July 5.

At the same time they’re updating their ordinances to allow Sunday growler sales, most cities are also deciding whether to allow off-sale liquor sales from microdistilleries and whether to allow bars to begin selling alcohol at 8am versus the current time of 10 am. These changes were approved by the St. Paul City Council and will be on the Minneapolis City Council agenda on June 5. If approved, they will go into effect at the same time as Sunday growler sales in their respective cities.

Updated: May 20, 2015

Cities across the state of Minnesota are moving to update their ordinances to permit Sunday growler sales, following a law change at the state level that allows them pending city approvals.

It appears the first breweries that will have the green light for sales this Sunday, May 24, will be those located in Rochester, Minnesota (Kinney Creek Brewery and Grand Rounds Brewpub), Montgomery Brewing Company in Montgomery, Minnesota, and Hayes’ Public House in Buffalo, Minnesota.

The Rochester City Council approved Sunday growler sales on May 18 and sales can begin this Sunday, May 24, according to a tweet from City Council Member Michael Wojcik.

The Montgomery City Council passed a special resolution on May 18 that allowed the sales at Montgomery Brewing, which will open at 11 am on May 24. The city of Buffalo, Minnesota, approved Sunday growler sales at its meeting on May 18, and Hayes’ Public House owner Pugs Hays said he’ll be open this Sunday, May 24, with growlers for sale. The city of Shakopee, home of Badger Hill Brewing Company, also approved Sunday growler sales, effective May 31. 

  On May 15, the Duluth City Council approved Sunday growler sales (as pictured below from Mayor Don Ness’ Twitter feed), which will go into effect on June 14 (the Sunday before Grandma’s Marathon). The process is also underway in the city of Minneapolis and is expected to take effect the same day.

St. Paul has also started the process of updating its ordinances to allow Sunday growler sales and, if approved, the change is expected to be in effect by early July, according to a press release.

Minneapolis craft-beer drinkers, mark June 14 on your calendars.If all goes smoothly, that could be the first Sunday you’ll be able to legally purchase growlers and 750ml bottles from your favorite brewery.

On May 1, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill into law that allows breweries to sell growlers and 750ml bottles on Sundays, but before they can begin doing so local municipalities must first give their approval.

The law also includes provisions that allow microdistilleries to sell one 375ml bottle of their products on site per day, per customer, and for bars to begin selling alcohol at 8am on Sundays, rather than the current time of 10am. These, too, need to be signed off on by local municipalities before they can go into effect.

The legal process to grant local approval is already underway in Minneapolis. A public hearing will take place at the May 19 meeting of the Community Development and Regulatory Services Committee, which if approved would mean the full city council would take up the issue at its June 5 meeting.

Badger Hill Growler 2If the council approves the law changes on June 5, as it’s widely expected to do, the new laws wouldn’t officially go into effect until they’re published in Finance and Commerce the week of June 8, which would make June 14 the first Sunday growlers could be legally sold in Minneapolis.

To reduce any lag time between the governor signing the bill and Minneapolis adopting the new laws, Ward 1 City Council Member Kevin Reich drafted updates to the city’s liquor license ordinances and introduced them to the council the same day Dayton signed the bill.

Reich represents Northeast Minneapolis, which has been a key geographical area leading the charge in the state’s craft-beer boom.

“I’ve been impressed by how these breweries have integrated themselves into the neighborhood,” Reich said. “Many are involved in charitable events and giving back and have truly become part of the community.”

Both Reich and Ward 12 Council Member Andrew Johnson say there’s strong support from the community and the council to align Minneapolis’s liquor laws with those passed at the state level. They said they expect the changes to sail through the process and be approved.

“Overall, everyone is really happy that we have all these new breweries and businesses in our community,” Johnson said. “They’re creating jobs, generating economic activity, and making our neighborhoods stronger.”

Minneapolis breweries will not need to file any additional paperwork to begin selling growlers on Sundays, Johnson said. Once the law changes are published, breweries will have the green light to sell on the following Sunday (likely June 14) and beyond. Sale hours will be determined by individual businesses and any applicable zoning laws.

While Sunday growler and 750ml sales were approved this session, attempts in both the Minnesota Senate and House to repeal the state’s ban on off-sale alcohol sales from liquor stores on Sundays failed, though by closer margins than in past years.

About Keith Grauman

Keith Grauman is the web editor at The Growler. When he's not drinking beer at work, he can be found homebrewing, reading comics or playing with his kids in the front yard of his south Minneapolis home.

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