For those who have had the moment of realization on a Sunday that the wine cellar (or fridge) are looking a bit empty but you’re looking wet your whistle with a spirituous beverage, you’re in luck because there are a few ways you can purchase alcohol – without having to hop the border to a neighboring state.
Minnesota Farm Wineries
“Farm Winery” is a type of license that can be applied for by a winery whose product is produced from at least 51% local fruit. Yup, that means Minnesota is growing grapes (and we’re pretty good at it too – in fact, the world-leader in developing cold-climate grapes. You can learn more about that here.)
Among the provisions allowed to Farm Winery licensees is the ability sell for off-premise consumption including on Sundays, as early as 10:00 am and until Midnight (we recommend checking each location for their hours of operation).
Minnesota Statute 340A.315 Farm Winery License
Also included in the ability to apply for a Farm Winery License are businesses producing Hard Cider (cideries).
Beer Growlers (and 750ml bottles)
Brew-pubs and craft breweries with tap rooms are able to sell beer to customers in growlers and fifths for offsite consumption as well. Growlers are 64 oz containers and Fifths are 750ml bottle sales. We are tempted to wonder, why the law only allows one to purchase a large-ish quantity (say, 64 oz) that will need to be consumed in a fairly short time, but cannot pick up a six-pack and just crack open a single. But hey, we aren’t tempted to question that too much in light of the fact that we can buy it– on Sundays.
Minnesota Statute 340A.285 Growlers
Feature Image Credit: Flower Valley Vineyard