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Minn. Bill to Allow Sunday Alcohol Sales at Brewpubs Moves Forward

Updated: 03/26/2014 4:55 PM
Created: 03/26/2014 5:37 AM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste

Some Sunday alcohol sales moved forward as the full commerce committee passed an omnibus liquor bill Wednesday.

The bill doesn't allow liquor stores to open on Sundays, but it does allow taprooms and brewpubs to sell and refill growlers (64 ounce beer containers) on Sundays.

Under the bill, small taprooms would also be allowed to hold tastings on Sundays.

Supporters of the changes say they would benefit Minnesota's growing craft-beer brewing industry.
    
Gov. Mark Dayton said earlier this year that he'd sign a bill that completely repealed the Sunday prohibition. But that idea never gained enough traction among lawmakers.

Many small liquor store owners oppose being open on Sundays because they say costs would outweigh profits.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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