Where is your brewing/distilling business allowed?
Elk River classifies these into four categories:
- Brewer taproom (less than 10,000 barrels)
- Brewer taproom (more than 10,000 barrels)
Brewer taproom means a state licensed brewer under Minn. Stats. § 340A.301 subdiv. 6(c), (i), or (j) permitting the on-sale consumption of malt liquor produced by the brewer for consumption on the premises of a brewery or an abutting property in common ownership of the brewer, which may include the sales of malt liquor produced and packaged at the brewery for off-premises consumption as allowed by Minnesota Statutes.
Brewpub means a state licensed brewer under Minn. Stats. § 340A.301, subdiv. 6(d) with a restaurant use operated on the same premises as the brewery. To sell their own malt liquor, a brewpub is required to obtain an intoxicating on-sale liquor license and may obtain an on-sale Sunday liquor license if they want to be open on Sundays.
- Microbreweries - Microbrewery is a facility licensed under Minn. Stats. § 340A.301, subdiv. 6(c), (i), or (j) and may brew no more than 20,000 barrels of its own brands of malt liquor annually. The on-site sale of malt liquor is limited to off-sale only. Off-sale malt liquor shall be sold in 64-ounce growler or in 750 milliliter bottles, and is limited to 500 barrels annually. Microbreweries are not permitted to sell more than ten percent of their product on-site.
- Microdistillery - Microdistillery means a state licensed distillery producing distilled spirits with a total quantity not to exceed 40,000 proof gallons in a calendar year.