Union pokes holes in craft beer legislation:
The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild supports legislation that would make it possible for Minnesota craft breweries and brewpubs to sell their products at its establishments on Sunday.
Specifically, this would allow brewpubs to sell its growlers on Sunday and breweries to be open for business and for most to sell growlers on Sunday. The legislation appeared set to pass until the Teamsters stepped in a couple of weeks back and opposed it. Since then, much is in doubt. The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, which is made up of almost 50 Minnesota breweries and brewpubs and more than 40 allied members, has penned a letter in support of the legislation and it’s been sent to key legislators. The letter was signed by the Guild’s elected Board and its Executive Director. The Guild, which typically stays silent on legislative issues and is not legislatively active, is becoming vocal on this issue because it tangibly helps all of its brewery and brewpub members.
If you are interested in background information or interviews, please let me know. Guild leadership, made up of brewery/brewpub owners and brewers, is planning to meet tomorrow to discuss and media are welcome to be part of the discussion. The meeting is slated to take place tomorrow afternoon at Great Waters in St. Paul, right down from the Capitol. Please confirm your interest in attending.
Guild members will be getting more active by contacting their legislators and rallying their bases in the next week or two.
We will be back in touch with more information including a full press release outlining the Guild’s position on the legislation and the different beneficial layers to it. Ultimately Minnesota has seen evolution and growth in the craft beer scene in the last few years, due in part to state legislative advancements. We believe the current legislation at issue would continue that advancement and would help the state’s small businesses, tourism, commerce, and community gathering points that are directly and indirectly tied to Minnesota craft beer. It’s time to again take a step forward for Minnesota craft beer.
The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild was founded in 2000. Our goals are to promote Minnesota breweries/brewpubs, create an open line of communication between brewers, and connect our beer to the consumer. The Guild supports Minnesota's booming brewing industry, and therefore the industries that it touches, by hosting festivals, including Winterfest, All Pints North and Autumn Brew Review, promoting special events like 10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer and the State Fair's Land of 10,000 Beers exhibit and beer hall, and ultimately showcasing the talent of Minnesota's craft brewers. www.mncraftbrew.org.