ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill making changes to state liquor laws that will allow Minnesota breweries to sell pints of beer on-site.

The omnibus liquor bill that Dayton signed Tuesday includes a provision sought by Surly Brewing Company, based in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center. Surly is planning a $20 million brewery, restaurant and entertainment center in the area but had run into trouble under a longstanding state system that separated breweries from alcohol distributors and retailers.

Other states including Wisconsin already allow breweries to sell beer on-site. The owners of Surly sold their plan as one that would create new jobs and revenue for the state.

The liquor bill also allows bed and breakfast establishments to serve Minnesota-made beer.

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Comments (8)
  1. Jake says:

    Wow, let’s not sign a budget bill, but a governor with “chemical” issues will
    sign a bill like this. Whatever happened to the Sunday liquor sales

  2. Johnson says:

    Omar is such a smug moron….

    Todd Haig is the real genius behind surly, remember that!

  3. GOPSUX says:

    Thank goodness we got beer sellin’ and gay hatin’ out of the way.

  4. Tony says:

    I think it’s a great idea, Mark Dayton gets a pat on the back for it. But I see the crazies of “BOTH” parties have taken over, so whats there to discuss. If I was Dayton I’d let the state close without a budget deal. Sooner or later the legislators will figure it out…or get kicked out of office. Oh and another thing, just because the tea party won an election, it does not give them a mandate to make whole sale changes. “Ya da thunk” that they had “that” figured out after the last election where extreme liberal/communist Democrats were turned out of office en mass. Jeez when are you radicals and extremists going to figure it out, we need compromise…ya know give and take from both party’s. I don’t trust either one of you to run anything…even a johnny detail

  5. Sick.of.Politics says:


    You sir, are spot-on.
    Finally something said on here that makes sense…

  6. Jon Zimmer says:

    Great News! Surly is great beer. At last a pint at the brewery! And food too!

  7. Reasonable says:

    And one more of the ridiculous liquor oppression rules falls! Now let’s get that Four Firkins bill going so that micro-brewing restraunts can sell their beer in stores and so that liquor stores can sell branded merchandise a la shirts and advertising.
    Finally, let’s make it legal for a liquor store to be open on Sunday. If a store doesn’t want to be open that’s their deal and that’s fine, but if they want to be open on Sunday why can’t they?!? Absurd.

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