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Beer Off The Shelves In Minnesota

07/14/2011

A Minnesotan's Nightmare

Holy Hefeweizen, Batman – we’re running out of beer in Minnesota!

OK, now this whole government shutdown thing has gotten serious. The shutdown, nearing its third week, will soon force MillerCoors to pull its beer from Minnesota liquor stores, bars and restaurants. A state official says the law requires the company to stop selling products like Coors, Miller Lite, Hamm’s and Henry Weinhard’s imminently because their brand licenses expired.

The Minnesota Department of Safety (thankfully they are still open – protecting us from consuming expired brand licensed brews!) says MillerCoors must remove the beer because they did not renew their brand label registration with the state before the shutdown began. Minnesota law states that brewers must renew those registrations – which show the label on each brand of beer – every three years.

MillerCoors tried to renew in mid-June, but the process got delayed when they wrote a check for too much money. Remember Minnesota has a budget deficit. If a multi-billion dollar consumer product company sends too large a check the state should cash it and settle later. Instead, the state returned the larger check via mail. MillerCoors sent in a new check, which the state received on June 27, but nonetheless got a letter three days later saying their brand licenses had expired.

This latest development follows news that hundreds of bars and liquor stores across the state are slowly running out of alcohol because they were unable to renew their state-issued purchase cards. But eliminating MillerCoors could have a much larger impact, since it would apply to nearly every liquor retailer in the state.

Here is a list of the beers that are affected:

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Blue Moon Pale Moon Belgian Style Pale Ale, Coors Banquet, Coors Light, Coors Light 3.2, Foster’s Lager Beer, Foster’s Premium Ale, Grolsch Amber Ale, Grolsch Blonde Lager, Grolsch Light Lager, Grolsch Premium Lager, Hamm’s, Hamm’s Genuine Draft Style, Hamm’s Special Light, Henry Weinhard’s Dark, Henry Weinhard’s Hefeweizen, Henry Weinhard’s Pale Ale, Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve, Icehouse Beer, Keystone Light Beer 3.2, Killians Irish Red 3.2, MGD Light 64, Mickey’s Ice Ale, Mickey’s Malt Liquor, Miller Genuine Draft, Miller High Life 12/16 oz can, Miller High Life Ice, Miller High Life Light 12 oz can, Miller Lite 3.2%, Miller Lite Beer, Milwaukee’s Best #1 , Milwaukee’s Best Ice, Milwaukee’s Best Light #1 3.2, Molson Canadian, Molson Canadian Light, Molson Golden, Molson Ice, Molson XXX, Olde English 800 Malt Liquor, Sparks Light.

It’s only 38 percent of the beer sold in Minnesota. Otherwise we’re good. 

For additional coverage go to Newsy.com miller-beer-gets-the-boot-in-minnesota

Hats off to Eric Roper of Hot Dish Politics for providing much of the detail for this post.

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