as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 02/27/2017 04:04pm
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A bill for an act
relating to liquor; providing for off-sale for brew pubs and small brewers;amending
Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections 340A.24, subdivision 3; 340A.28; 340A.285.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 340A.24, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
A brew pub's total retail sales at on- or off-sale under this
section may not exceed 3,500 barrels per year, provided that off-sales may not total more
than 500 barrels.
Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 340A.28, is amended to read:
A brewer licensed under section 340A.301,
subdivision 6, clause (c), (i), or (j), may be issued a license by a municipality for off-sale
of malt liquor at its licensed premises that has been produced and packaged by the brewer.
The license must be approved by the commissioner. A brewer may only have one license
under this subdivision. The amount of malt liquor sold at off-sale may not exceed 500 barrels
annually. Off-sale of malt liquor shall be limited to the legal hours for off-sale at exclusive
liquor stores in the jurisdiction in which the brewer is located, and the malt liquor sold
off-sale must be removed from the premises before the applicable off-sale closing time at
exclusive liquor stores, except that malt liquor in growlers only may be sold at off-sale on
Sundays. Sunday sales must be approved by the licensing jurisdiction and hours may be
established by those jurisdictions. Packaging of malt liquor for off-sale under this subdivision
must comply with section 340A.285.
A municipality may not issue a license under this section to a
brewer if the brewer seeking the license, or any person having an economic interest in the
brewer seeking the license or exercising control over the brewer seeking the license, is a
brewer that brews more than 20,000 barrels of its own brands of malt liquor annually
or a winery that produces more than 250,000 gallons of wine annually.
The municipality shall impose a licensing fee on a brewer holding a license
under this subdivision, subject to limitations applicable to license fees under section
340A.408, subdivision 3, paragraph (a).
Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 340A.285, is amended to read:
(a) Malt liquor authorized for off-sale pursuant to section 340A.24 or 340A.28 shall be
packaged in 64-ounce containers commonly known as "growlers" or in 750 milliliter bottles.
The containers or bottles shall bear a twist-type closure, cork, stopper, or plug. At the time of sale, a paper or plastic
adhesive band, strip, or sleeve shall be applied to the container or bottle and extended
over the top of the twist-type closure, cork, stopper, or plug forming a seal that must be
broken upon opening the container or bottle. The adhesive band, strip, or sleeve shall
bear the name and address of the brewer. The containers or bottles shall be identified
as malt liquor, contain the name of the malt liquor, bear the name and address of the brew
pub or brewer selling the malt liquor, and shall be considered intoxicating liquor unless the
alcoholic content is labeled as otherwise in accordance with the provisions of Minnesota
Rules, part 7515.1100.
(b) A brew pub or brewer may, but is not required to, refill any container or bottle
with malt liquor for off-sale at the request of the customer. A brew pub or brewer refilling
a container or bottle must do so at its licensed premises and the container or bottle must be filled at the tap at the time of sale. A container or bottle refilled under
this paragraph must be sealed and labeled in the manner described in paragraph (a).