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‘Free the Growler’ Bill Signed Into Law

'Free the Growler' Bill Signed Into Law
'Free the Growler' Bill Signed Into Law(KBJR)
Published: May. 22, 2022 at 11:31 PM CDT
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ST. PAUL, MN (CBS 3) -- Governor Tim Walz signed a bill into law Sunday that will change some of Minnesota’s liquor laws, including raising the cap on growler sales.

The new law will also allow more off-sale options for smaller breweries, and expand license opportunities for specific cities and events.

“I am proud to live in a state with so many locally-owned breweries and distilleries,” said Governor Walz. “Every Minnesota business-big or small- deserves the opportunity to succeed. The pandemic has pushed us to think creatively when it comes to the food and beverage industry, and this bill provides more opportunities for these businesses to thrive. This bill is one way we can support Minnesota’s local breweries and distilleries.”

Before this current law, Minnesota put a 20,000 barrel per year cap on craft beer production, preventing Minnesota’s larger from selling beer to-go in 64-ounce containers, growlers, and 32-ounce cans. This bill raises that cap to 150,000 barrels a year.

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