Information Alert from Hospitality Minnesota
April 17, 2020
Alcohol to Go Passes!Hooray! Today, the MN House, on a vote of 129-1, has passed “Alcohol-to-Go” legislation. We’ve been pushing on this issue since the closure. The bill moves on to Governor Walz for signature and goes into effect the following day. For instance, if the bill is signed tonight, you can begin selling beer, cider, hard seltzer and wine tomorrow.
Here is what is allowed:
• Off-sales of up to 72 ounces of malt liquor, hard seltzer and cider and 750 ml of wine in its original packaging.
• Sales only “in conjunction with and is incidental to the sale of prepared food for take-out.”
• Sales only until the closure order, or any subsequent order, expires or is terminated or rescinded.
Here is what is not allowed:
• Sales of hard liquor (although we advocated for their inclusion).
• Delivery of alcoholic beverages, even with food.
Here is what you need to do:
• Hold a qualifying license, meaning you have an on-sale intoxicating liquor or an on-sale wine license issued under the relevant Minnesota Statutes.
• Confirm that the person picking up the food and beverage order is 21 years of age or older.
• Notify your insurance provider that you intend to sell take-out alcohol as part of your take-out operations.
• Be aware that your municipality may elect to prohibit off-sale of alcoholic beverages authorized by this bill.