It might take a few more days to test the growler-filling machine and prepare the labels, but Forager Brewery in Rochester, Minn., will soon have growlers for sale as late as 10 p.m., said Forager's brewmaster Austin Jezne.
The month-old brewery joins other Rochester brewers who will take advantage of a change to city ordinance that went into effect Oct. 2 allowing sales of growlers until 10 p.m., the latest allowed under state law. Jezne said he plans to fill a few growlers each morning and then "once they're gone, they're gone," he said.
Donovan Seitz, lead brewmaster and owner of Kinney Creek Brewery, said he plans to change his tap room's hours starting next week to take advantage of the new growler rule, staying open until 10 p.m. every night except Friday and Saturday, when he's open until midnight.
"It gives us about 11 more hours of sellable time," he said.
Off-sale beer and liquor sales previously ended at 8 p.m. in Rochester; the new ordinance brings the city in line with most other Minnesota cities. City leaders said they heard overwhelming support for the later hours.
Photo: Tap room manager Carissa Darcy poured a beer, while attendant Ted Jedlicki looked on at LTS Brewing tap room in Rochester. Credit: JIM GEHRZ, STAR TRIBUNE.