Minnesota breweries feeling effect of state law

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TWO HARBORS, MN- Breweries in Minnesota are being faced with a big decision, expand business or continue to sell a commodity that makes up a huge portion of revenue.

A state liquor law states that once a craft brewery sells 20,000 barrels worth of beer they can no longer sell any off sale from their taproom, which means they can not sale anymore Growlers or Crowlers.

One business feeling the effect is Castle Danger Brewery in Two Harbors, Minnesota.

The brewery produced 23,500 barrels of beer in 2018 and they hit the 20,000 mark already this year.

This means they will not be able to sell Growlers come October, 1st.

According to Maddy Stewart the breweries marketing and event manager it will greatly effect their business.

” Growlers represent 30 percent of our taproom revenue so it’s a huge hit to our taproom and business in general, it will mean the loss of a part time and potentially full time employee here.” she said.

But the brewery has hope that the law could change in the 2020 legislative session and they are ready to fight.

“Starting in January things can really start to happen we can go to the negotiating table with the opposition and we are positively optimistic were realistic that its going to be a uphill battle but we are optimistic that we will be able to sell growlers again someday.” Stewart added.

Brewery owners around the state lobbied at the state capital this year asking lawmakers to raise the barrel cap.

Many plan to take the issue up again next legislative session.

John Cardinale

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