Amendment removed, liquor omnibus bill passes Minnesota House

Late Thursday afternoon, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed its version of the liquor omnibus bill (S.F. No. 444), which includes provisions for craft breweries, microdistilleries, and farm wineries. Earlier this week, the bill was tabled after an amendment was successfully introduced by Rep. Debra Hilstrom (DFL–Brooklyn Center) that removed most of the provisions for craft breweries, … [ Read more]

Questions about the 2017 legislative session? Ask the Minnesota Beer Activists

As the 2017 Minnesota legislative session gets underway, The Growler is working with Minnesota Beer Activists to answer your questions about the upcoming session as they relate to liquor laws in the state. Minnesota Beer Activists was founded in 2011 with a mission to “represent consumers’ interests through active engagement in education, legislation, and community … [ Read more]

St. Paul votes to extend liquor store hours to 10pm

The St. Paul City Council voted Wednesday to allow alcohol sales until 10pm, six days a week, at St. Paul liquor stores. According to Pioneer Press, the city council members  voted 5-0 to repeal the early-closing requirement and amend city ordinances to clear the way for the 10pm closing time. The regulations take effect in early November. Until … [ Read more]

St. Paul liquor stores could soon be open past 8pm

For some people, as 8pm rolls around, the night has just begun. Not so for St. Paul liquor stores and taprooms. According to a report by MPR, St. Paul requires off-sale liquor purchases to end at 8pm Monday through Thursday, and 10pm on Friday and Saturday, while neighboring Minneapolis and most surrounding suburbs have a … [ Read more]