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Bottoms up! Report shows Twin Cities' booziest suburbs


Can you guess which Twin Cities suburb has the most liquor stores per capita?

If you thought Hopkins, you're right – at least based on the 15 suburbs the city of Blaine studied as it looks into changing it's liquor license rules, currently the city's municipal code says the number of off-sale liquor licenses cannot exceed a ratio of one license for every 7,000 people.

The city is expected to review its limit on off-sale liquor licenses Thursday.

Here's how it breaks down, from booziest to driest:

  1. Hopkins – 1/2,200 (one liquor store for every 2,200 residents)
  2. St. Louis Park – 1/3,000.
  3. Bloomington – 1/3,600.
  4. New Hope – 1/4,100.
  5. Golden Valley – 1/4,100.
  6. Eagan – 1/4,300.
  7. Brooklyn Park – 1/4,800.
  8. Minnetonka – 1/4,900.
  9. Burnsville – 1/5,000.
  10. Plymouth – 1/5,400.
  11. Woodbury – 1/5,500.
  12. Maple Grove – 1/5,600.
  13. Blaine – 1/7,000.
  14. Brooklyn Center – 1/15,000.
  15. Edina – 1/15,800.
  16. Eden Prairie – 1/20,300.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal notes most of the drier suburbs, including Edina, Brooklyn Center and Eden Prairie, all have municipal liquor stores.

For the most part, Minnesota state law gives cities the authority to license and regulate the retail sale of liquor – not all cities base the number of off-sale liquor licenses on population, however.

The wine and spirits industry in Minnesota has a major impact on the economy. The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America said in a 2012 report the "total economic impact" of the industry in Minnesota is $3 billion annually, with liquor and spirit retailers accounting for roughly $627,261,300 of that and providing 12,270 jobs in the state.

However, in the last year, many of these mom and pop liquor stores in the Twin Cities have been on the defensive as big chain stores, such as Target and Total Wine & More, look to take a cut of the booming business.

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