Beer may Run Out in Minnesota


Faced with a nearly two-week-old government shutdown, many Minnesotans might plan to crack open a cold one and wait for the storm to pass.

Easier said than done, though, because the state's restaurants, bars and stores are unable to renew their alcohol purchasing cards amid the shutdown, While the cost for the card is only $20, several establishments were caught with cards that expired on June 30th, and if the shutdown continues, more will expire at the end of July.

The Ugly Mug, a popular bar near the Minnesota Twins' Target Field, may not have enough beer to last them through the baseball season.

"It's going to cripple our industry," Frank Ball, the executive director of the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association
Meanwhile, KSTP-TV in Minneapolis reported that Miller-Coors may have to remove all its brands from Minnesota shelves since the company failed to pay its $30 brand license fee prior to the state shutdown.