GROWLERS GONE? Sunday liquor sales bill cuts refillable bottles - KMSP-TV

GROWLERS GONE? Sunday liquor sales bill cuts refillable bottles

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Sunday liquor sales advocates are regrouping after a beer lovers saw a big setback at the Minnesota Capitol -- a hit that came on the very first day the state's craft brewers began their week-long presentation highlighting 10,000 minutes of the best local brews.

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A provision that would have let taprooms sell growlers on Sundays was stripped Monday from a broader liquor bill in the Senate Tax Committee. Growlers are refillable bottles that may be taken away.

Sen. Roger Reinert, a Duluth Democrat sponsoring the legislation, said he would focus on making the idea a fall campaign issue to build momentum for next year.

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The provision was removed by voice vote after officials from the Teamsters Union said the Sunday growler sales would require reopening their contracts with distributors.

In February, metro breweries were buzzing after a new law allowing beer to be consumed where it is made was passed. Taprooms quickly started cropping up across the metro. Unlike brew pubs which serve food, tap rooms are a direct line to all that fizzy fare. Often, they are little more than extensions on a working brewery.

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Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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