Sixteen breweries, wineries and distilleries across Minnesota will give free or discounted drinks to vaccinated patrons as part of a newly announced "Cheers to the Vaccine" campaign.
The partnership between the state and Craft Brewers Guild, Minnesota Distillers Guild, was announced by Gov. Tim Walz's office Friday morning. The participating establishments (there's a list below) will offer the discounted drinks - one per person - from May 28 through June 30.
“Small businesses all over Minnesota have stepped up throughout the pandemic and I’m grateful so many breweries, wineries, and distilleries are now going the extra mile to help keep our state safe and end this pandemic,” Walz said in the announcement, urging Minnesotans to "get back to your favorite spot, and cheers to the vaccine!”
If you're 21 or older, you just need to show proof of vaccination to get the free or discounted drink.
Here's the list of participating establishments:
- Bad Weather Brewing Company
- Bald Man Brewing
- Dampfwerk Distillery Co.
- Far North Spirits, Inc.
- Isanti Spirits
- La Dona Cerveceria
- Lawless Distilling Company
- L'Etoile du Nord
- Loon Liquors
- Lupulin Brewing Company
- Richwood Winery
- Royal Foundry Craft Spirits
- Spiral Brewery
- Stilheart Distillery and Cocktail Lounge
- Unmapped Brewing Co.
- Utepils Brewing Co.
"Minnesota breweries are excited to get customers back in their taprooms, but they also want to continue to be safe," said Lauren McGinty, Executive Director of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, in the announcement. "This program is a great way to promote safety and support local small businesses that have been hit especially hard during the pandemic."
This is, of course, on top of the nine rewards revealed Thursday for those who get their first shot between May 27 and June 30.
In addition, some breweries have held, or are planning, pop-up vaccination clinics, offering a free pint to anyone that receives a vaccination on-site. That includes 56Brewing, Clockwerks and Back Channel Brewing, which have free vaccination-free beer events slated for Friday and Saturday. (See the schedule here.)
Walz has said he hopes 70% of the state's adult population is vaccinated against COVID-19 by July 1. As of May 25, the rate was 63.9%.