Minnesota partnering with breweries, distilleries to provide free or discounted drinks to vaccinated adults

Friday, Minnesota announced a partnership with the Craft Brewers Guild and the Minnesota Distillers Guild to provide free and discounted drinks to vaccinated adults.

The "Cheers to the Vaccine" campaign will provide a free or discounted beverage at participating businesses to Minnesotans 21 years of age and older who’ve received at least one COVID-19 shot. The campaign runs from May 28 through June 30.

The participating establishments include:

  • Bad Weather Brewing Company
  • Bald Man Brewing
  • Dampfwerk Distillery Co.
  • Far North Spirits, Inc.
  • Isanti Spirits
  • La Dona Cerveceria
  • Lawless Distilling Company
  • L’Etoile du Nord
  • Loon Liquors
  • Lupulin Brewing Company
  • Richwood Winery
  • Royal Foundry Craft Spirits
  • Spiral Brewery
  • Stilheart Distillery and Cocktail Lounge
  • Unmapped Brewing Co.
  • Utepils Brewing Co.

Customers must have proof of vaccination to receive the free or discounted drink at those businesses, and the promotion limits drinks to one per person.

"Small businesses all over Minnesota have stepped up throughout the pandemic and I’m grateful so many breweries, wineries, and distilleries are now going the extra mile to help keep our state safe and end this pandemic," Walz said. "We’re doing this the Minnesota way — coming together to take care of each other while having a good time. Roll up your sleeves if you haven’t already, get back to your favorite spot, and cheers to the vaccine!"

"Minnesota breweries are excited to get customers back in their taprooms, but they also want to continue to be safe. This program is a great way to promote safety and support local small businesses that have been hit especially hard during the pandemic," said Lauren McGinty, executive director of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild.

"From the beginning of the pandemic MN Distillers Guild members pitched in to combat COVID by producing tens of thousands of gallons of hand sanitizer for our communities, and we’re thrilled to now answer the call from the MN Department of Health to help end the pandemic," Mark Schiller, president of the Minnesota Distillers’ Guild, added.