It’s (not) Miller time in Minnesota

Drink 'em if you got 'em! Ugly Mug restaurant and bar in Minneapolis on Wednesday.
Drink 'em if you got 'em! Ugly Mug restaurant and bar in Minneapolis on Wednesday.
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Minnesota’s government shutdown, now in its 13th day, is becoming a real buzzkill. Literally. Namely because if you live in Minnesota and your cocktail hour favorite includes any of the beers from the MillerCoors family, you could soon be forced to cross state lines for your next fix (remember kids, always designate a sober driver).

According to the Minneapolis StarTribune, MillerCoors is having to pull its sudsy refreshments from store shelves because the company’s brand licenses in the state have expired (this apparently includes Blue Moon & Grolsch, which makes me really sad).

What’s worse (as reported in a separate StarTribune story)… restaurants and bars may also soon have to stop serving because their state issued liquor-purchasing cards are due to expire. Here’s more from the StarTribune’s report:

In the days leading up to the shutdown, thousands of outlets scrambled to renew their state-issued liquor purchasing cards. Many of them did not make it.

Now, with no end in sight to the shutdown, they face a summer of fast-dwindling alcohol supplies and a bottom line that looks increasingly bleak….

Come Labor Day, cigarette smokers will be in the same bind.

The state has stopped issuing the tax stamps that distributors must glue to the bottom of every pack before it’s sold for retail….

(Minnesota) also would stand to lose millions of dollars in taxes that come through alcohol and cigarette sales, further diminishing already anemic revenues.

Minnesota Twins games, Labor Day BBQs, trips to the state’s Lake Superior beaches… all without a nice cold brew? That doesn’t sound much like summer to me!


It's (not) Miller time in Minnesota