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]

Jake Leinenkugel accepts Washington job at Dept. of Veteran Affairs

The former president of Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Jake Leinenkugel is coming out of retirement to take a position as a senior White House advisor to the Department of Veteran Affairs in Washington, D.C. According to a report in the Chippewa Herald, Leinenkugel was sworn into the position on Friday, January 20. While there has yet to … [ Read more]

Pints and politics: Go Vote MN encourages millennials to register and vote

We hear it every four years: “This is the most important election of our lifetime!” When it comes to the 2016 presidential ballot—with polarized parties debating economics, foreign affairs, race, and national security—perhaps it is. But regardless of what you think of this year’s unconventional political landscape, a new campaign in the Land of 10,000 Lakes … [ Read more]

New version of DARK Act approved

The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee has passed a new version of Senator Pat Roberts’ Mark on Biotechnology Labeling Solutions in a bipartisan vote of 14-6. GMO-labeling proponents call the bill the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” (DARK) Act. On February 19, Senate Agriculture Chairman Roberts introduced draft legislation intended to preempt states from mandating … [ Read more]

Small Brewer’s Caucus sends letter to Justice Department over AB InBev–SABMiller merger

Who says Democrats and Republicans can’t agree on anything? The Small Brewer’s Caucus in the House of Representatives sent a bi-partisan letter to the Department of Justice outlining their concerns over the Anheuser-Busch InBev acquisition of SABMiller. This after U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Mike Lee led a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer … [ Read more]

Date Set for SABMiller, AB-Inbev Merger Hearing

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Mike Lee announced via press release today that the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights will hold a hearing on Anheuser-Busch Inbev’s proposal to purchase SABMiller on Tuesday, December 8, at 10am EST. The hearing will examine how the proposed merger of the world’s two biggest beer … [ Read more]

U.S. Senators to lead Antitrust Subcommittee Hearing on AB InBev / SABMiller merger

  With the AB InBev / SABMiller mega-merger agreed upon in principle by the companies, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota announced yesterday that she and U.S. Senator Mike Lee of Utah will lead a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights to look into the implications of the merger. Klobuchar, who is the ranking member … [ Read more]

Democratic presidential hopefuls campaign in Minnesota

The presidential campaign comes to Minneapolis today, reports Minnesota Public Radio. Four of the five announced candidates for the Democratic nomination–Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chaffee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders–will speak to delegates at the Democratic National Committee summer meeting in Minneapolis. Former Virginia Sen. … [ Read more]

ENKI’s Brewery Expansion Has Roots in Minnesota Agriculture

  ENKI Brewing’s mission to “Make the World a Friendlier Place” has been a successful one thus far. The Victoria, MN, brewery has begun expansion after one and a half years in operation, doubling the square footage in their former creamery building and tripling the production capacity. One thing that sets ENKI apart from other brewery … [ Read more]

Comedy vs. “The Man”: How a Minnesotan comedy club fought City Hall and won

On any given evening, it’s easy to find amazing comedy in bars, restaurants, and taprooms all over Minneapolis. Whether it’s the Monday Night Comedy Show at Spring Street Tavern, open mic night at Campus Pizza on Wednesdays, or the recently launched Comedy Night at Sisyphus Brewing, the wealth of options for live comedy is one … [ Read more]

Michigan Looks to Crack Down on False Pints of Beer

By Brian Martucci Unless you have some bartending or restaurant management experience—and maybe not even then—you might not give much thought to the pint glasses that hold your favorite tap beers. A pint is a pint, right? Not necessarily. In another Midwestern state, industry players and laypeople alike are buzzing about a well-publicized legislative effort … [ Read more]

St. Paul Adapts its Licensing to Allow More Taprooms

By Doug Hoverson   Photos by Joe Alton   Three Breweries Currently Eyeing the Capital City On a 7-0 vote, the Saint Paul City Council today changed the licensing requirements to make more taprooms possible in redeveloping sections of the city. The change takes effect in thirty days. The city already allowed brewery taprooms in … [ Read more]

The State of Beer

Crafting Legislation With The Minnesota Brewer’s Association By Doug Hoverson Walk into Indeed Brewing Company’s taproom and order one of their fine ales—their seasonal beer is always a good place to start. If you sit at the bar, you might end up in a conversation with one of the brewery’s co-founders, Rachel Anderson, Nathan Berndt, … [ Read more]