Rep. Cedrick Frazier
Minnesota House of Representatives
District 45A 651-296-4255 – email@example.com
439 State Office Building, 100 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55155
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May 11, 2022
Rep. Frazier votes to make overdue reforms to Minnesota liquor laws
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Today, the Minnesota House approved a bill with a series of reforms to modernize the state’s liquor laws. Rep. Cedrick Frazier (DFL – New Hope) released the following statement:
“Our state benefits from our thriving local breweries and distilleries,” Rep. Frazier said. “I’m glad that we could pass this bill that lifts outdated regulations that get in the way. I’ve heard from many brewery employees in my district - I needed to pass this bill for them.”
Under the bill, small breweries will be able to sell more products directly to consumers, including six- and four-packs of beer. The bill allows micro-distilleries to sell spirits in larger 750ml quantities and allows more distilleries to operate cocktail rooms. Currently, breweries including Castle Danger, Surly, Summit, Schell’s, and Fulton are prohibited from selling growlers to-go from their taprooms because they produce more than 20,000 barrels annually. The legislation increases this cap to 150,000.
The bill now returns to the Senate – which passed it on May 5 – where Senators will either adopt the House’s version or appoint a conference committee charged with reaching an agreement on each chamber’s differences.