as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 04/08/2019 02:26pm
A bill for an act
relating to liquor; modifying requirements for microdistilleries; authorizing certain
on-sale licenses; authorizing provision of liquor and tasting-related services;
appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 340A.101,
subdivision 17a; 340A.22, subdivision 4; 340A.301, subdivision 9; 340A.404,
subdivision 10; 340A.418.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 340A.101, subdivision 17a, is amended to
"Microdistillery" is a distillery operated within the state
producing premium, distilled spirits in total quantity not to exceed deleted text begin40,000deleted text endnew text beginnew text end proof
gallons in a calendar year.
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 340A.22, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
A microdistillerynew text beginnew text end may be issued a license by the local licensing authority
for off-sale of distilled spirits. The license may allow the sale of deleted text beginone 375 milliliter bottledeleted text endnew text beginnew text end per customer per day of product manufactured on site, subject to the following
(1) off-sale hours of sale must conform to hours of sale for retail off-sale licensees in
the licensing municipality; and
(2) no brand may be sold at the microdistillery unless it is also available for distribution
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 340A.301, subdivision 9, is amended to read:
(a) A brewer may financially assist
a wholesaler of malt liquor through participation in a limited partnership in which the brewer
is the limited partner and the wholesaler is the general partner. A limited partnership
authorized in this paragraph may not exist for more than ten years from the date of its
creation, and may not, directly or indirectly, be recreated, renewed, or extended beyond that
(b) A brewer may financially assist a malt liquor wholesaler and collateralize the financing
by taking a security interest in the inventory and assets, other than the corporate stock, of
the wholesaler. A financial agreement authorized by this paragraph may not be in effect for
more than ten years from the date of its creation and may not be directly or indirectly
extended or renewed.
(c) A brewer who, after creation of a financial agreement authorized by paragraph (b),
or after creation of a limited partnership authorized in paragraph (a), acquires legal or
equitable title to the wholesaler's business which was the subject of the agreement or limited
partnership, or to the business assets, must divest the business or its assets within two years
of the date of acquiring them. A malt liquor wholesaler whose business or assets are acquired
by a brewer as described in this paragraph may not enter into another such financial
agreement, or participate in another such limited partnership, for 20 years from the date of
the acquisition of the business or assets.
(d) A brewer may have an interest in the business, assets, or corporate stock of a malt
liquor wholesaler as a result of (1) a judgment against the wholesaler arising out of a default
by the wholesaler or (2) acquisition of title to the business, assets, or corporate stock as a
result of a written request of the wholesaler. A brewer may maintain ownership of or an
interest in the business, assets, or corporate stock under this paragraph for not more than
two years and only for the purpose of facilitating an orderly transfer of the business to an
owner not affiliated with the brewer.
(e) A brewer may continue to maintain an ownership interest in a malt liquor wholesaler
if it owned the interest on January 1, 1991.
(f) A brewer that was legally selling the brewer's own products at wholesale in Minnesota
on January 1, 1991, may continue to sell those products at wholesale in the area where it
was selling those products on that date.
(g) A brewer that manufactures no more than 20,000 barrels of malt liquor or its metric
equivalent in a calendar year may own or have an interest in a malt liquor wholesaler that
sells only the brewer's products, provided that a brewer that manufactures between 20,000
and 25,000 barrels in any calendar year shall be permitted to continue to own or have an
interest in a malt liquor wholesaler that sells only the brewer's products if: (1) that malt
liquor wholesaler distributes no more than 20,000 barrels per calendar year; and (2) the
brewer has not manufactured 25,000 barrels in any calendar year. Notwithstanding the
foregoing, a brewer that manufactured between 20,000 and 25,000 barrels in 2012 shall be
permitted to continue to own or have an interest in a malt liquor wholesaler that sells only
the brewer's products until that brewer manufactures 25,000 barrels in a calendar year.
(h) When the commissioner issues a license to a malt liquor wholesaler described in
paragraph (a) or (b), the commissioner may issue the license only to the entity which is
actually operating the wholesale business and may not issue the license to a brewer that is
a limited partner under paragraph (a) or providing financial assistance under paragraph (b)
unless the brewer has acquired a wholesaler's business or assets under paragraph (c) or (d).
(i) For purposes of this subdivision and subdivision 8, paragraph (b), "brewer" means:
(1) a holder of a license to manufacture malt liquor;
(2) an officer, director, agent, or employee of such a license holder; and
(3) an affiliate of such a license holder, regardless of whether the affiliation is corporate
or by management, direction, or control.
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Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 340A.404, subdivision 10, is amended to read:
(a) The governing body of a municipality may
issue to (1) a club or charitable, religious, or other nonprofit organization in existence for
at least three years, (2) a political committee registered under section 10A.14, or (3) a state
university, a temporary license for the on-sale of intoxicating liquor in connection with a
social event within the municipality sponsored by the licensee. The license may authorize
the on-sale of intoxicating liquor for not more than four consecutive days, and may authorize
on-sales on premises other than premises the licensee owns or permanently occupies. The
license may provide that the licensee may contract for intoxicating liquor catering services
with the holder of a full-year on-sale intoxicating liquor license issued by any municipality.
The licenses are subject to the terms, including a license fee, imposed by the issuing
municipality. Licenses issued under this subdivision are subject to all laws and ordinances
governing the sale of intoxicating liquor except sections 340A.409 and 340A.504, subdivision
3, paragraph (d), and those laws and ordinances which by their nature are not applicable.
Licenses under this subdivision are not valid unless first approved by the commissioner of
(b) A county under this section may issue a temporary license only to a premises located
in the unincorporated or unorganized territory of the county.
(c) The governing body of a municipality may issue to a brewer who manufactures fewer
than 3,500 barrels of malt liquor in a yearnew text beginnew text end or a
microdistillery a temporary license for the on-sale of intoxicating liquor in connection with
a social event within the municipality sponsored by the brewernew text beginnew text end or
microdistillery. The terms and conditions specified for temporary licenses under paragraph
(a) shall apply to a license issued under this paragraph, except that the requirements of
section 340A.409, subdivisions 1 to 3a, shall apply to the license.
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 340A.418, is amended to read:
For purposes of this section, an "alcoholic beverage tasting"
or "tasting" means an event at which persons pay a fee or donation to participate, and are
allowed to consume wine, malt liquor, or both, by the glass without paying a separate charge
for each glass.
(a) A charitable, religious, or other nonprofit organization
may conduct a tasting of not more than four hours duration on premises the organization
owns or leases or has use donated to it, or on the licensed premises of a holder of an on-sale
intoxicating liquor license that is not a temporary license, if the organization holds a
temporary on-sale intoxicating liquor license under section 340A.404, subdivision 10, and
complies with this section. An organization holding a temporary license may be assisted in
conducting the tasting by another nonprofit organization.
(b) An organization that conducts a tasting under this section may use the net proceeds
from the tasting only for:
(1) the organization's primary nonprofit purpose; or
(2) donation to another nonprofit organization assisting in the tasting, if the other
nonprofit organization uses the donation only for that organization's primary nonprofit
(c) No wine or malt liquor at a tasting under this section may be sold, or orders taken,
for off-premises consumption.
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(d) Notwithstanding any other law, an organization may purchase or otherwise obtain
wine or malt liquor for a tasting conducted under this section from a wholesaler licensed to
sell wine or malt liquor, and the wholesaler may sell or give wine or malt liquor to an
organization for a tasting conducted under this section and may provide personnel to assist
in the tasting. A wholesaler who sells or gives wine or malt liquor to an organization for a
tasting under this section must deliver the wine or malt liquor directly to the location where
the tasting is conducted.
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deleted text begin (e)deleted text endnew text beginnew text end This section does not prohibit or restrict a tasting that is:
(1) located on on-sale premises where no charitable organization is participating; or
(2) located on on-sale premises where the proceeds are for a designated charity but where
the tasting is primarily for educational purposes.
deleted text begin (f)deleted text endnew text beginnew text end The four-hour limitation specified in paragraph (a) shall not apply to a tasting at
a convention of fine wine, malt liquor, and gourmet food exhibitors, provided the convention
has at least 100 exhibitors and takes place over not more than three days.
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