A battle brews over beer laws

  • Article by: JENNIFER BROOKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 9, 2012 - 10:49 AM

Craft beers are hugely popular, but brew pubs' market is limited by age-old Minnesota rules.

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sharkysharkMar. 8, 1210:55 PM

"Lock, Stock and Barrel" is a phrase that dates from nineteenth century England that refers to the principal parts of a firearm. It has nothing to do with beer.

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snap1234Mar. 8, 1211:15 PM

"We really do support folks in the craft brewing industry. We love their product. But we also have to be mindful that this is a controlled substance we're dealing with" - Frank Ball Why don't you just come out and say it. Your biggest customers are Miller and Budweiser and its in your best interest to keep the little guys down.

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luzhishenMar. 9, 1212:09 AM

More of that government regulation written for and by the big guys. Get it?

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erikj3Mar. 9, 1212:30 AM

How does it hurt anyone if Town Hall or Harriet bottle their beers, as opposed to selling them in growlers? Generally, people who drink Bud and Miller Lite don't drink craft beer or ever will. There's room for both.

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flyminkusMar. 9, 12 1:21 AM

Chino Latino has the bet drinks.

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snowdoggMar. 9, 12 1:30 AM

Legalize Sunday Sales now! Allow the stores to be open if they choose.

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minneg56Mar. 9, 12 5:39 AM

Too many lawyers and lawmakers ... not enough work. I'm thirsty - Just pour it!

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jbpaperMar. 9, 12 6:13 AM

Is this love of craft beers a fad or is gong to stay? If it's a fad, will it last long enough to change the laws?

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hmmmplsMar. 9, 12 6:22 AM

Please anhiser/Busch please buy Applebee's and make some better food there. This is such a joke that Summit is worried about the disadvantaged "little" guy. They are afraid of local competitors and are protecting their turf. With great new local brewers starting up Summit should be looking over their shoulder. The laws are draconian and from a long ago era but big businesses are in control of our legislators. New times, new laws.

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aschroepferMar. 9, 12 6:25 AM

From Mark Sturut - "would not be good for the industry as a whole," Stutrud said. "It would be a competitive disadvantage for the smaller breweries." It's called a free market Mark and I'm going to miss my last summit beer I drank last night.

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