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]

Minnesota House tables liquor omnibus bill

Several Minnesota laws related to alcohol were up for discussion at the House of Representatives on Monday under a liquor omnibus bill approved by the Senate in early April. The bill included provisions related to craft breweries, microdistilleries, and farm wineries; however, an amendment successfully introduced by Rep. Debra Hilstrom (DFL–Brooklyn Center) removed most of them … [ Read more]

Bill introduced to effectively expand growler sales to all Minnesota breweries

Bring in a growler to Third Street Brewhouse’s taproom for a refill, and you’ll come away empty-bottled. In August 2016, the Cold Spring, Minnesota–based brewery ceased filling growlers after it crossed the annual production limit of 20,000 barrels imposed by state law. They joined a growing list of breweries that cannot sell growlers at their locations, including Summit Brewing, August Schell … [ Read more]

Oliphant breaks down legal barrier with launch into Minnesota market

Oliphant’s dynamic duo, co-owners and co-brewers Matt Wallace and Trevor Wirtanen, have wanted to expand their distribution footprint into Minnesota since they began their brewery over two years ago. “If we were where New Glarus is, we’d consider being a Wisconsin-only brewery, but it’s right there, looking at us in the eyes,” Wirtanen says. It’s … [ Read more]

The increasingly blurry line between brewpubs and breweries

Brewpubs and breweries both have “brew” in their titles and both places serve beer; and that’s largely where the similarities between the two business models end—or at least where they used to. Brewpubs and breweries are separate entities, each with its own definition and set of possibilities and limitations, and each offering owners very different business opportunities. However, the legislation passed in … [ Read more]

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Update: The Sunday Growler Sales Race Is On

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 … [ Read more]

Minnesota Beer Politics: A Primer

3 hot issues that will be debated in the year ahead By Drew Kerr Omar Ansari has spent his share of time navigating the halls of the Minnesota State Capitol in an attempt to convince lawmakers that breweries should be allowed to share their products directly with the masses. This year, with a battery of … [ Read more]