St. Paul, MN – Today, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed a bill to reform and modernize the state’s liquor laws. Included in the bill was language to increase the growler cap for breweries - a provision championed by Rep. Dan Wolgamott (DFL - St. Cloud), who voted in favor of the legislation.
“The craft beer industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in Minnesota, with many becoming community gathering points and travel destinations. The current growler cap only serves to stifle these businesses,” said Rep. Wolgamott. “By drastically increasing the growler cap, and eliminating other over-prescriptive container size regulations, we’re helping breweries like Pantown, Beaver Island, and others all over the state live up to their full potential.”
Specifically, the bill increases the growler cap for breweries from 20,000 barrels to 150,000 barrels of beer sold annually. Other provisions in the bill include allowing breweries to sell six packs, four packs, and other small containers to the public; allowing distilleries to sell more products to the public and removing the cap on cocktail rooms; and allowing liquor stores to sell limes.
The bill passed with a vote of XX-XX. Video of today’s floor debate can be found on the House Public Information YouTube Channel.