Change.org Petition Looks to Protect Minnesota Breweries
A Change.org petition is seeking to protect the business and success of Minnesota breweries.
As the state law currently stands, Minnesota breweries producing more than 20,000 barrels of beer a year cannot sell the 64 fl. oz jugs known as "growlers."
Five Minnesota breweries -- August Schell Brewing Co., Surly Brewing, Fulton Brewing, Summit Brewing Company and Cold Spring's Third Street Brewhouse -- have already exceeded that limit and can no longer sell growlers. Four more Minnesota breweries -- Castle Danger in Two Harbors, Lift Bridge in Stillwater, Bent Paddle in Duluth and Indeed Brewing Co. in Minneapolis -- are nearing the 20,000 barrel mark; in fact, Castle Danger just announced on Facebook that they have reached their limit and -- as of October 1 -- will no longer be able to sell growlers.
The reason for capping taproom sales, according to Castle Danger, is "to protect local liquor stores, bars, and restaurants from competing with taprooms." However, "the numbers simply do not add up." Chatting with PorchDrinking.com, Maddy Stewart, marketing & events manager for Castle Danger, indicated that growler sales make up 30% of business profit -- that's 30% of sales they'll need to find a new way to recoup.
Needless to say, a lot is riding on the recent Change.org petition created by Minnesota Senator Karin Housley to see the Minnesota Senate change the growler cap.
"This isn't about politics and this crosses party lines," reads the petition, "this is about supporting our local businesses and letting them grow."
As of Tuesday, October 24 over 8,721 people have signed the petition, which has a goal of 10,000 signatures.
Whether you enjoy drinking local craft beer or just believe in support local, independent businesses, consider signing the petition to #SaveTheGrowler here.