Grins for growlers: First Sunday sales at brewpubs in Duluth, Minneapolis

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Visitors to microbreweries and brewpubs in Minneapolis and Duluth are now permitted to buy the 64-ounce jugs known as growlers on Sundays, just like every other day of the week. The containers can be sold for off-site consumption.

MPR News reported that the move comes after state lawmakers approved a measure earlier this year that allows the sales in cities that approve it. Minneapolis and Duluth began Sunday growler sales this weekend. The sales are already allowed in Rochester, and St. Paul is expected to allow visitors to purchase growlers in July.

The Duluth News Tribune notes that the Sunday sales in Duluth and other cities that border Wisconsin, which allows Sunday liquor sales, may make the Minnesota purveyors more competitive.

"When you can’t sell growlers one day of the week, that’s not fun for business,” Canal Park Brewing General Manager Richard Selz told the newspaper. “It’s a really competitive business and really expensive to operate, so every little bit helps.”

Those involved in the craft brewing business in Duluth expect growlers to be of particular interest to weekend tourists to the city, who may want to take home a growler as a souvenir. Duluth taprooms expect a flurry of extra business next weekend during the annual Grandma's Marathon, which brings thousands of runners to the area.

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