Sunday Liquor Sales
It’s a big day for craft beer lovers in St. Paul. Breweries and brewpubs there started Sunday Growler sales today. St. Paul joins a growing list of Minnesota cities allowing growler sales on Sundays. It’s a new exception to state laws that generally ban sales of alcohol to go on Sundays.
The Legislature wrapped up its 2015 work in a flurry, with lawmakers working nearly a month late to finalize a $42 billion budget. Here’s a look at some of the state’s new laws, some that failed, and what may be on the horizon.
It’s a state law that’s been in effect for a month, but today a group of taprooms officially got the green light to sell bottles and growlers on Sundays. A state representative from Carver County says the Waconia area has more breweries, wineries and distilleries than anywhere else in the state.
A single pint of beer can often lead to a much bigger sale in the craft brewery business. The 64-ounce growler allows customers to bring home a sampling of their favorite brew.
Proponents of scrapping the state’s long-standing ban on Sunday liquor sales have one more shot this year. The House was set to take up a bill Tuesday afternoon that makes more limited changes to the ban. It would allow craft brewers to sell 64-ounce growlers of beer on Sundays and let bars sell booze at 8 a.m. on Sunday.
Supporters of Sunday liquor store sales can put a cork in it for now. The Minnesota Senate Thursday killed an effort to repeal a decades-long ban on Sunday sales at liquor stores. Currently, Minnesota liquor stores are open Monday through Saturday, but not Sunday.
With deadlines looming at the State Capitol, the next few weeks will see heated debate over what to do with the state’s $1 billion budget deficit. And you will also hear debate over an issue that seems to come up every year — Sunday liquor sales.
Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt says advocates of full liquor sales on Sundays can be assured that a vote will be held before the Legislature adjourns this year. But the top Capitol Republican stopped short of guaranteeing an outcome in the perennial fight.
Supporters of legalizing Sunday liquor store sales in Minnesota may have to put a cork in it this year.
A long-running debate over Sunday liquor sales is back on the table at the State Capitol. Minnesota is one of about a dozen states that do not allow store liquor sales on Sundays.
For 82 years, a Minnesota law has prevented the sale of alcohol in liquor stores on Sunday. And it seems for almost that long, legislators have annually proposed repealing that law. This year is no exception.
Minnesota lawmakers are taking aim at a nearly century-old law that’s been very difficult to take off the books. Liquor stores cannot legally open on Sundays. If it’s hard to understand why, you are not alone. It’s an 82 year old law some lawmakers are trying to repeal.
That Sunday beer-run across the border could become a thing of the past. Minnesota lawmakers introduced bills Thursday to repeal a decades-long ban on Sunday liquor store sales.
An alliance of various political groups are speaking out against Minnesota’s long-standing ban on Sunday liquor sales. The coalition announced their collaboration prior to the start of another legislative session, which begins on Tuesday.
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A state senator says he may have the solution to the long-running battle over allowing liquor sales on Sunday.
The debate over cracking open Minnesota’s ban on Sunday liquor store sales has ended with a whimper. With a Senate vote Friday, a bill preserving the status quo on takeaway sales is on its way to Gov. Mark Dayton.
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Stock up on beer, wine and liquor on Saturday. The Minnesota Senate soundly defeated a repeal of the state’s law barring liquor stores from being open on Sundays. The chamber voted in favor of allowing craft beer tap rooms to sell growlers for takeaway on Sundays, but then the bill got pulled from debate.
Minnesota beer lovers would find it easier to enjoy their pursuit on Sundays under a bill advanced by a Senate committee for expanded alcohol sales on the seventh day. Without testimony or debate, the Senate Commerce Committee passed a bill included three proposals by Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth. One would allow taprooms to make Sunday sales. Another would allow craft-beer brewers to sell 64-ounce containers called “growlers” on Sundays. And the third would allow small brewers and brewpubs to refill any growler on Sundays.
A state senator pushing to undo Minnesota’s restrictions on Sunday liquor store sales has claimed an incremental victory while acknowledging he probably won’t get his full wish this year.
Some proud beer drinkers took a rather festive approach Monday to the legislative process. The group Minnesota Beer Activists is trying to raise money to push for alcohol sales on Sunday. Several bands offered to play in support at First Avenue in downtown at a four-hour concert on St. Patrick’s Day.
Two State lawmakers recently offered several bills that would achieve the same goal: allowing Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota. The bills range from allowing state-wide sales on Sunday to just allowing sales at breweries and tap rooms across the state. Another proposal by Sen. Roger Reinert of Duluth and Rep. Jennifer Loon of Eden Prairie would let individual cities decide if they want to allow Sunday sales.
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