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Rep. Wolgamott introduces legislation eliminating the growler cap, will receive informational hearing next week

Friday, October 22, 2021

St. Paul, MN - Today, State Representative Dan Wolgamott (DFL - St. Cloud) introduced legislation eliminating the law that restricts craft breweries who produce more than 20,000 barrels of beer from selling their product to-go in 64 oz containers known as growlers, often referred to as the "growler cap.”

“It's time to help the craft brewing industry recover from the pandemic, create local jobs, and score a victory for Minnesota's beer drinkers by eliminating the growler cap," said Rep. Wolgamott. "As breweries in St. Cloud and around the state continue to grow, I don't want them to be forced to close their taprooms because they can't make enough profit without growler sales to justify staying open. We need to reward success, stand up for consumers, and remove the growler cap."

Rep. Wolgamott's bill will receive an informational hearing in the House Commerce Committee on Wednesday, October 27, at 1pm. 

The growler cap law was last updated in 2015, and before that in 2013. Minnesota is the only state in the country with breweries that cannot sell growlers. Prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota, Rep. Wolgamott was the author of legislation to raise the growler cap in 2020.