Miller Coors is about to be forced to pull 39 brands of beer from every bar, restaurant, and store in Minnesota. Score 1 for the craft brewers.
It's a new age and new era to be in love with craft beer. It's also good to know that the government doesn't let the big guys off easy, just because they have more money. With all the griping about the approval processes and forms to fill out I hear from the local breweries, it almost makes one think that the government is eyeing these small brewers in order to make their lives...full of paperwork. But sure enough, Miller-Coors is stuck in the battle of paperwork with the state of Minnesota and it's really possible that
Minnestans Minnesotites Minnesotians have had the good sense to eliminate Miller-Coors brand beers from their stores, restaurants, and bars.
Well, at least until the government renews Miller's liquor license. It looks like some Senators aren't down with a government shutdown (again, for the second time in six years).
Various citizens, mainly bar owners and liquor stores, are desperately worried about what'll happen to their precious Miller cases.
"Throughout the state of Minnesota, the local tavern, bar and grill are kind of the social hub," Pallansch, 65, said in a telephone interview from Grey Eagle, a town of about 320 where he owns the Double "R" Bar and Grill. "If they're locked up, it's going to be a big outcry."
But I don't get it. Isn't this the time to educate your consumer to a better beer? That more expensive beer is actually a lot better than, dare I say, piss water that the macrobreweries produce. I see this as an opportunity to move forward, to move on. Just because Miller isn't available doesn't mean that a) Budweiser isn't available either or b) that there's MUCH better beer out there. Support your local brewer, stock his beer and get your clients interested enough to buy it. Let's take a look at what these poor, unfortunate Minnesotians are going to lose:
- Miller Lite
- Miller Genuine Draft
- Miller High Life
- Miller MGD 64
- Miller Chill
- Coors Lite
- Blue Moon
- Extra Gold Lager
- Steel Reserve High Gravity
- Old English 800 Malt Liquor
- Magnum Malt Liquor
- Molson Canada
- Milwaukee's Best
- Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat
- Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve
- Killian's Irish Red
- Pilsner Urquell
- Peroni Nastro Azzuro
And now, let's look at the craft brewers brewing some authentic Minnesota craft beer:
Obviously, there's no local supply of anything other than Miller-Coors available to those bars & restaurants and their patrons are just gonna have to go sober for awhile. Or we could teach them to CrossDrink!