Minneapolis on Friday became the latest city in Minnesota to allow breweries and taprooms to sell beer growlers on Sundays.
Some cities have wasted little time changing their local laws after Gov. Mark Dayton signed off last month on a bill that will boost Minnesota's booming craft beer industry by allowing the sell the 64-ounce jugs, even though the state as a whole bans off-site alcohol sales on Sundays.
The Star Tribune reports that Minneapolis City Council voted by 13-0 to change its ordinance to allow city brewpubs to sell the jugs, which will come into effect next Sunday, June 14. Also passed was the ordinance allowing restaurants to sell alcoholic drinks from 8 a.m. instead of 10 a.m. – the so-called "Bloody Mary bill."
"We’ve been waiting a long time for this," Jamie Robinson, owner and head brewer of Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub, told the newspaper. "We are expecting pretty high sales."
In passing the ordinance, Minneapolis becomes the latest city to allow growler sales since state laws were changed, with Duluth City Council claiming to have been the first when it approved growlers in mid-May, the Duluth News Tribune reports.
And last week the Pioneer Press reported that St. Paul City Council followed suit by a voting 5-1 to allow growler sales from July 5, after receiving letters of support from local taprooms and supporters who say small brewing businesses need as much help as possible to get off the ground.
According to WCCO, the cities of Rochester, Montgomery and Shakopee have all approved growler sales since Gov. Dayton signed off on it.
"For us, and a lot of breweries, the critical part is being able to talk to the person about the beer as they consume it in the brewery it was brewed in,” Jim Diley, of Fulton Brewery, told WCCO. "Developing a fan base for your brewery is huge, and that’s what it allows us to do on an extra day."