There Is No Beer in Minnesota?

Well you thought Wisconsin had problems!  Take a look at their neighbor, Minnesota.  The State government in Minnesota has been shut down over the last two weeks while lawmakers try to figure out how to pay the bills.  Well this has had a concequence that I don’t think any of them considered while they dug their heels in at St Paul’s capitol.  It is just a timing thing, but July 1 there were a lot of beer licences and distributor licences that needed renewal.  This is typically a rubber stamp procedure, and things go on as normal.  Problem is there aint nobody home to work the stamp!

All the state employees that are involved in renewal of permits and licences have been on a mandatory unpaid vacation since the budget ran out July 1.  This has had some rather far reaching consequences.  Specifically the distributor for Miller Coors products has no licence to sell in the State.  This is requiring them to remove all their brands from store shelves.  This includes:

  • Miller, Miller Lite
  • Miller High Life, High Life Light
  • Coors, Coors Light
  • Blue Moon
  • Pilsner Urquell
  • Hamm’s
  • Keystone, Keystone Light
  • Mickey’s
  • Olde English
  • Red Dog
  • Foster’s
  • Killian’s
  • Leinenkugel’s
  • Henry Weinhard’s
No Summer Shandy for those thirsty fishermen up in the boundary waters!  This is also beginning to affect restaurants and bars in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.  Hundreds of establishments whose liquor licences are up for renewal will be forced to stop selling alcoholic beverages until the government reopens.
While this impact is being felt in little ways today, in a couple of days the impact will be far greater as any grace periods will run out.  Looks like the state legiuslature is getting very close to a budget agreement that may pass as soon as this afternoon.  So we will see if Minnesota becomes the North’s first dry state since prohibition.  It is rather doubtful, however make no mistake, the government is a necessary evil if only so we can have our beer and whiskey.
-Don
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19 Comments on “There Is No Beer in Minnesota?”

  1. johnking82
    July 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    I have a good friend in the Twin Cities. This is absolutely horrible. July is the time of the year when fisherman flock to Minnesota to fish and now with the government being closed they can’t access state owned ramps to lakes and now will run out of beer. They are really hurting their economy more than they know.

    • Don
      July 15, 2011 at 9:27 am #

      Yep, the perverbial Shit hits the fan when beer is lost! I truly think that unintended consequence put a lot of leverage on the Governor to acquiesce to the Republican budget. It will probably take a couple of weeks to straighten out again as I’m sure the backlog is huge, but the beer should be flowing again soon in Minnesota.

  2. July 14, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    They will have to stop selling beer, because, if they don’t, the government will come in and shut them down!

    Oh, wait…

    • Don
      July 15, 2011 at 9:28 am #

      I’m thinking the ones in charge of shutting them down are probably “essential” employees. So while the permitting arm is shut down, The enforcement arm is probably alive and well.

  3. July 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    My advice to them… make your own damn beer.

    • Don
      July 15, 2011 at 9:29 am #

      This would have been a great opportunity for some entrepreneurial spirits to introduce the fine art of home brewing.

  4. July 14, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    u think the state would have renewed the companys request since beer is taxed by states..STUPID,now they lost more money than they were

    • Don
      July 15, 2011 at 9:32 am #

      You said it Jason, the whole thing is STUPID! I guess that is why it doesn’t happen too often, but I gues sometimes you have to get STUPID to prove a point. At least the Republicans in Minnesota thought so.

  5. July 14, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    I heard about this from my WI friends. Sounds like time for a road trip if you’re from Minnesota. I have some friends who run a bar not to far from the border who would be more than happy to serve them 🙂

    • Don
      July 15, 2011 at 9:35 am #

      I’m sure the bordertowns in Wisconsin and North Dakota are loving this.

  6. July 14, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    This sounds like a great wake-up call for our Federal Congresspeople–the Law of Unintended Consequences strikes again. Ya’ll might just wanna pass this one on to your own reps for their consideration and delectation.

  7. July 14, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    Just heard that the governor caved into the state legislature–estimated loss to date: 52 mil. What you wanna bet that MN will be seeing some new faces in the governor’s mansion & state legislature come next elections.

    • Don
      July 15, 2011 at 9:36 am #

      Memories are short for this sort of thing, but if the beer supply was truly impacted, it might just tickle their minds in November.

  8. July 14, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    No Miller-Coors in MN? Sounds like a great opportunity for folks to drink Summit & Surly!

    • Don
      July 15, 2011 at 9:37 am #

      I think that a lot of taps were changing. Who knows it might have just converted a few more people to craft beer.

  9. July 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    No need to worry people… I have enough beer stashed in my home bar to get all of you drunk for the whole weekend and then some.

    Oh, and I just tapped a keg of Schell’s Hefeweizen last night too.

    Life is good in some parts of Minnesota!

    • Don
      July 15, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

      Mikey, with your Caches of beer all over the upper mid west, I knew you would be well cared for! 😉

  10. July 15, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    Now, I may be missing something here, but that while MillerCoors beers may account for more than a third of all beer brands in Minnesota, there are plenty of others left, right? Plenty of Grain Belt, Schell, Leinenkugel’s, Summit, lots of Canadian beers and everything made and distributed by Bud.

    But with everything else going wrong in Minnesota now (it sounds like the agreement that was reached yesterday made no one happy), isn’t it a great time for Minnesotans to embrace whiskey?

    • Don
      July 15, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

      My thoughts exactly! Perhaps a little Irish Single Malt. That’d fit!

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