What is otherwise known as Flag Day may come to be known another way, at least by beer lovers in Minneapolis: Growler Sunday. That’s if everything goes as expected with an ordinance now before the city council that would allow existing taprooms and brewpubs to sell their products in growlers — 64-oz. refillable beer jugs — for off-sale.
On Tuesday, the Community Development and Regulatory Services Committee approved an ordinance to allow Sunday sales. If the measure passes when it appears before the full council on June 6 (as it’s expected to) — and if Mayor Betsy Hodges signs it that afternoon (which is also expected) — it would take effect the following Tuesday, leaving the following Sunday, June 14 as the first official day for Sunday sales.
The same ordinance would also changes the hours for on-sale alcohol in restaurants on Sunday. Under the provision, restaurants could start serving Bloody Mary’s and other eye-openers starting at 8 a.m. rather than 10 a.m.
Both provisions were part of the omnibus liquor bill passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Mark Dayton on May 1. But the new law gives cities the option of approving the changes in their jurisdictions. Minneapolis thinks it will be first, but others, including St. Paul, are close behind. The Legislature again defeated a provision to allow liquor stores in Minnesota to be open on Sunday.
The other change that was approved by the Legislature will take a bit longer to kick in. Craft distilleries that also have cocktail rooms will be allowed to sell small amounts of their products for off-sale. But the change is limited to one pint bottle per customer per day and not on Sundays. This change also requires a special license. The first distillery in Minneapolis, and perhaps the state, that might be able to offer that is Tattersol Distilling, at 1520 Central Ave. The same council committee Tuesday approved Tattersol’s cocktail license — the city’s second — and the distillery’s off-sale license, the city’s first.