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Sunday sales coming to a taproom near you

Posted by: Steve Brandt under People and neighborhoods, Politics and government, Urban living Updated: June 2, 2014 - 5:25 PM

Taprooms in Minneapolis should be serving beer on Sundays inside of a month after a mid-May change in state law allowing that as a municipal option.

Grant Wilson, the city’s manager of licensing and consumer services, said he is hopeful that the City Council will act on initial applications by taprooms by the end of June.

"This is something that we desperately want," said Robert Kasak, a co-founder of 612 Brew, one of a bevy of taprooms that have sprung up in the city in the past two years. The 612 taproom plans to apply for Sunday sales. "I know the wheels are in motion."

Taprooms were initially allowed to sell at retail the beer they brew only as large-bottle growlers, but the so-called "Surly law" liberalized Minnesota liquor laws. A taproom is a microbrewery that is not allowed to  sell food on its premises, but food trucks may serve at their sites.

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