New law allowing taprooms to sell beer growlers on Sunday signed off by Dayton


Craft breweries will be allowed to sell beer growlers on Sundays after a bill was signed off by Gov. Mark Dayton Friday.

However, before they can hand over the 64-ounce jugs to patrons, breweries will have to get the permission of their local governments.

The Pioneer Press notes that a caveat in the legislation signed by Dayton is that local councils can refuse to approve Sunday growler sales, leaving them illegal in certain areas.

The move is another win for Minnesota's growing craft beer industry, which has exploded in recent years.

Under the new law, MPR notes that not only will taprooms and brewpubs be allowed to sell growlers, they will also be allowed to sell 750ml bottles that people can take home.

This will be allowed despite the fact that another attempt to repeal the ban on Sunday liquor store sales failed again during the latest legislative session.

Also approved along with growlers is the so-called "Bloody Mary Bill," which will allow bars and restaurants to start serving alcoholic drinks at 8 a.m., two hours earlier than previously.

Again, this could require a change city ordinances, such as in Minneapolis and St. Paul, where bars will not be allowed to serve before 10 a.m. on Sundays until local city codes are changed to fall in with the new law.

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