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Minnetonka has one brewery location, but it does not allow for the on-site sale of the beer. The city allows for growler sales and is working on changing the ordinance to allow for taprooms and brewpubs, according to community development director Julie Wischnack.
Plymouth is in the process of drafting and approving an ordinance to allow brewpubs and taprooms in the area. Steve Juetten, community development director, said the city hopes to have a plan by the end of February that would allow sales. The current draft would not allow taprooms to sell food and would allow business only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the industrial district of Plymouth. Neither a taproom nor a brewpub has been formally proposed.
Richfield does not have any language in its ordinance that deals with brewpubs or taprooms. Should someone approach the city on the topic, the city ordinance could be amended, said Betsy Osborn, of the city’s support services division. No taproom or brewpub proposal has yet surfaced.
Brewpubs are allowed in Robbinsdale, but the city does not yet have one. A brewpub in Robbinsdale would have to be attached to a restaurant and serve food. The development of a taproom — a brewery not required to serve food — would be more complicated, said City Manager Marcia Glick. Alcohol regulations were created by a vote of the citizens of Robbinsdale, and to change these rules would require another vote or a change in the way alcohol regulations are made, she said. The City Council is interested in the development of taprooms, but not until 2015 at the earliest, Glick said.
Taprooms are allowed as an accessory to breweries that brew less than 3,500 barrels per year, assistant zoning administrator Gary Morrison said. A brewpub does not have a specific category — it would be considered a restaurant. Steel Toe Brewing is the only brewery in St. Louis Park. Breweries are only allowed in the industrial or business park area, and the sale of food is not allowed at a brewery with a taproom license, Morrison said.
Wayzata does not have a city ordinance allowing brewpubs or taprooms, but City Manager Heidi Nelson said it is in the exploratory stage of developing such an ordinance. The city is aware of the surge of breweries in the area, but it has not received any formal proposals for development, Nelson said.
Danielle Dullinger is a University of Minnesota student reporter on assignment for the Star Tribune.