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Continued: Tevlin: Craft beer sales on Sunday have new opponent: Teamsters

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 16, 2014 - 10:34 AM

Rockie Kavajecz, owner of Canal Park Brewing Company in Duluth, said his city has become known as “beer town” to craft beer lovers.

Tourists come up for the weekend and want to take a growler home with them on Sunday, “and we have to say, sorry, can’t do that,” said Kavajecz. “It’s not just about beer, it’s about customer relations.”

In July, thousands of people will travel to Duluth for the third annual “All Pints North Summer Brew Fest” at Bayfront Festival Park. But if they want to bring back fresh local beers on Sunday, they can’t.

Brewers see their buildings as weekend tourist attractions and think Sundays could be their second- or third-most ­popular day.

“We can’t grow with this type of resistance,” said Sean O’Byrne, owner of Great Waters.

“We were built with union labor, and our place is filled with union members who want to buy growlers on Sunday,” said Badger Colish, brewmaster at Canal Park.

“It makes me wonder which Teamsters, exactly, are opposed to this bill.”

 

jtevlin@startribune.com • 612-673-1702 Follow Jon on Twitter: @jontevlin

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