Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association

  • Restaurants

    January 15, 2014

    Local Spirits: A look at Twin Cities micro-distillers

    Meet the micro-distillers who are making craft liquor the Twin Cities' new industry

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    Governor Dayton would sign Sunday liquor sales into law

    Minnesotans want to buy booze on Sundays. But in 2013, 2012, 2011, and so on, legislative efforts to allow Sunday liquor sales have been dead on arrival.Today, the push got a shot in the arm. In an interview, Gov. Mark Dayton told The Associated Press that if lawmakers can pass a bill allowing Sunda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Licensed Beverage Association opposes Sunday liquor sales because members want a day off

    Yesterday, the Senate Commerce Committee held a brief hearing on a bill introduced by Sen. Roger Reinert, D-Duluth, that would legalize Sunday liquor sales.SEE ALSO: Study: Sunday liquor sales would boost state revenue Polling shows Minnesotans support Sunday sales by a two-to-one margin, yet the la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    More bars may go dry if shutdown doesn't end

    More taps may run dry if the shutdown doesn't end soon.​A few weeks ago, when the Independent in Uptown was forced to close its doors, we explained the process by which bars and restaurants get alcohol: They can only buy through certified distributors, and they must stay up to date on their ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Sen. Linda Scheid honored at Power of the Pint party [VIDEO]

    Surly Nation celebrates the taproom bill and honors its biggest champion.​Despite the rain, Surly Brewing Co. fans came out in droves to the "Power of the Pint" event in Brooklyn Center, a celebration of the passage of the Surly bill. Scattered throughout the brewery and tented outdoor bar were b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Long-forgotten ordinance may close bars on Sundays in North St. Paul

    Neumann's​The main drag in North St. Paul is home to most of the town's bars, including the Polar Lounge, the American Legion, and Neumann's, which opened its doors in 1887 and is the longest continually running bar in Minnesota. It may sound sleepy, but right now, the bar community is in an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Surly bill is now law

    Victory!​Raise a glass, beer lovers--the Surly bill is now officially law. With one fell swoop of his pen, Gov. Mark Dayton has made it legal for brewers to sell pints of their own beer in the state of Minnesota. "We just appreciate all the support from the craft beer scene, the Minnesota Be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Gov. Mark Dayton supports the Surly bill

    The fact he can't have any doesn't hold Dayton back from supporting Surly.​The Minnesota Legislature has finally finished hammering out the differences between their two versions of a liquor omnibus bill, and the finished product is now heading for Governor Mark Dayton's desk. Contained in it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Surly bill passes Senate floor vote 60-0

    Sen. Chris Gerlach explains the liquor package and Surly bill to a full Senate.​This afternoon, the Surly bill sailed over its final legislative hurdle and is poised to become a law. Just hours ago, the Senate voted unanimously for passage of its omnibus liquor bill, which included the popular ... More >>

  • News

    May 11, 2011

    Minnesota Beer Activists fight for your drinking rights

    Lobbying for booze one beer at a time

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Surly bill passes House floor vote 127-5

    The Surly destination brewery dream that started it all.​Beer lovers, rejoice! Moments ago, the House passed the Surly bill by a landslide vote of 127-5, a moment many craft beer fans feared would never come to pass. Minnesotan brewers are now one giant step closer to opening taprooms on-site at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Surly bill packaged in House omnibus liquor bill

    One step closer to a reality?​Last night, the House Commerce Committee officially passed its version of an omnibus liquor bill package, and the Surly bill was front and center. While the legislation allowing brewers to sell their own pints was initially controversial, it found lots of support fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Surly bill packaged in Senate omnibus liquor bill

    Beer today, gone tomorrow for the Senate Commerce Committee.​It was a cold and windy day at the Capitol today, but inside there were nothing but blue skies for the Surly bill.With little discussion, the Senate Commerce Committee folded the "brewer taproom license" bill into a larger omnibus liquor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Surly Brewing Co. bill clears House committee [VIDEO]

    Omar Ansari's dad Naseem and Rep. Jenifer Loon outside the House committee hearing.​The Surly Brewing Co. bill got a slightly different treatment in the House Commerce committee's basement hearing this afternoon. A new onetime opponent's voice was heard, and Surly owner Omar Ansari got a bit o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Surly Brewing Co. bill clears Senate committee [VIDEO]

    Surly owner Omar Ansari testifies alongside Sen. Linda Scheid and Fulton Brewing owner Ryan Petz.​In what was for the most part a very friendly hearing, the so-called Surly bill has passed its first hurdle. "It's a rollercoaster," says Surly Brewing Co. owner Omar Ansari of the process. "There h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Mayor R.T. Rybak calls for changing beer law

    R.T. Rybak is slinging guns so Surly can sling suds.​In his state of the city speech, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak made his strongest endorsement yet of a change to local liquor laws proposed by Surly Brewing Co. "Beer is a part of our history, beer is a part of our future," he said. "We need ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Surly Brewing Co. bill unveiled

    Surly Brewing is one step closer to building the hoppiest place on earth.​Today, the language of a bill that will enable Surly Brewing Co. to build a huge $20 million destination brewery was revealed. The concept now has authors, a bill number and -- possibly -- a chance of becoming law. "He ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Surly asks fans for help changing laws

    Surly asks for help to get dream brewery approval​When Surly Brewing Company announced plans for a new $20-million brewery complex last week the Twin Cities beer world exploded with excitement. This wasn't going to be just any brewery; this was going to be a "destination brewery" complete with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Surly's $20 million dream brewery: A first look

    The $20 million house that suds built--someday.​The local beer community is buzzing with news that Surly Brewing Co. has hopes to build a $20 million brewery and restaurant. The operative verb there is "hopes." Although they've got the vision and the sketches, they've got to change Minnesota law ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Study: Sunday liquor sales would boost state revenue

    Were Minnesota to repeal a nonsensical ban on Sunday liquor sales, the state could reap $10 million a year in additional tax revenue.

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    Gift idea: designated-driver cards

    What loved one wouldn't be thrilled to receive such a gift?

  • News

    March 7, 2007

    To Catch a Masseuse

    Statehouse continues its bold crusade against horny massage therapists

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2005

    Smoking ban update: Bar owners go on the attack

    The battle at this stage has revealed one interesting strategy: Opponents of the ban are looking toward the capitol to push for a statewide ban in the upcoming legislative session.

  • News

    December 10, 2003

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Getting to the bottom of Minnesota's liquor laws

  • News

    February 6, 2002

    The Grape Debate

    It's enough to drive you to drink

  • Books

    November 24, 1999

    The Biggest Nightclub in Town?

    U of M officials say all-ages bar nights send "the wrong message"--unless, of course, they make money for the school