Beer activists rally for Sunday liquor sales with St. Patrick’s Day concert

A concert to promote Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota will be held Monday night at First Avenue in downtown Minneapolis.

It’s called St. Patrick’s Day Rally for Sunday Sales and is sponsored by the MN Beer Activists.

The group’s director, Andrew Schmitt, said: “We hope to draw a huge crowd to show the politicians … that this is an issue that Minnesotans truly care about.”

One of the featured performers will be Mark Andrew. Not the mayoral candidate, though. This Mark Andrew is a singer-songwriter who was on “The Voice” (Season 4).

Also performing at the 7 p.m. event will be Silverback Colony, White Iron Band, the Minnesota Police Pipe Band and Romantica. Host is Ian Rans of “Drinking With Ian.”

Bills to allow Sunday liquor sales have been regularly proposed at the Capitol, to no avail, but Doug Grow wrote about a new push this year that offers more options:

  • Full repeal of the sales restrictions;
  •  A bill that repeals the ban but gives municipalities the option of having restrictions;
  • A bill that would allow municipalities to choose to allow sales on Sundays;
  • Allowing craft breweries to sell “growlers” on Sundays;
  • Allowing tap rooms to sell alcohol on Sundays;
  • A constitutional amendment that would allow the voters to decision whether the blue law should be lifted.

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