From Session Daily (5/15/17) by Ricky Campbell — The House on Monday tabled a vote on the omnibus liquor bill after a divided chamber approved an amendment removing a sought-after expansion to growler sales for local breweries.
Sponsored by Rep. Joe Hoppe (R-Chaska) and Sen. Gary Dahms (R-Redwood Falls), HF68/ SF444* would expand how much alcohol local breweries can sell on their properties, along with a number of provisions related to Capitol renovations, the 2018 Super Bowl and special municipal licenses.
Rep. Debra Hilstrom (DFL-Brooklyn Center) offered the amendment that sunk the floor debate. Her amendment would delete four sections of the bill directly related to brewery off-sales. After passing with 68 votes, Hoppe asked House Speaker Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) to table the bill.
The Hilstrom amendment deleted these three changes to the small brewers statute that the MLBA and many other groups opposed, they included:
- Increasing the threshold under which a brewery can sell growlers to 40,000 barrels of beer from 20,000 barrels. Current law prohibits a brewer from selling growlers once they have crossed the 20,000 barrel limit.
- Increases the number of barrels of beer that a small brewer may sell in the form of growlers at retail from 500 barrels to 650 barrels; and
- Changes the size of growlers that can be sold to allow bottle sizes as small as 22 ounces.
The House bill would have also allowed distilleries to sell any size bottle and any number of those bottles that they would like. Currently, distilleries are limited to one 375 ml bottle per customer per day.