Dayton Signs ‘Surly Bill’, MN Breweries Can Serve Pints On-Site

Signs 'Surly Bill'

Great news for MN beer and Last City! We’ve been anticipating this and can’t wait to see the growth in MN Beer Loving that ensues. Thanks to everyone who helped support this legislation, keep watching to see what’s next at Last City Brewing Company. We plan to be on the move this summer. Big time.

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Minnesota breweries can now sell beer right where it is made. Tuesday afternoon, Governor Dayton signed the omnibus liquor bill into law.

The bill, which has become known as the “Surly bill”, will allow Minnesota breweries, including Surly Brewing Company, to sell pints of beer on-site through the creation of a brewer taproom license.

Surly, which currently operates a brewery in Brooklyn Center, had hoped to build a new $20 million dollar brewery with a restaurant attached, However, Minnesota law prevented breweries from selling customers pints of beer. This bill will allow them to sell their own beer in the restaurant.

Surly owner Omar Ansari told Tuesday he is excited they can now move forward with their plans, which he says are in the very early stages. He says they have already contacted several contractors but have not secured a location yet. He says it will be somewhere in the Twin Cities.

The new law will also allow bed and breakfast establishments to serve Minnesota-produced beer.

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