Beer: The next casualty of Minnesota shutdown
July 13th, 2011
06:35 PM ET

Beer: The next casualty of Minnesota shutdown

Miller Lite beer fans in Minnesota better stock up while they can.

The MillerCoors brewing company will soon be forced to pull 39 brands of beers from every restaurant, bar and liquor store in the state of Minnesota.

It's all because the company wasn't able to renew their brand label registration far enough in advance before the state's government shut down.

"What that means is they're not able to either distribute or sell their product in this state," said Doug Neville, spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

Neville said the bare-bones staff of the state Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement department have reached out to MillerCoors for a removal plan, so he said it will likely be a day or two before the company begins pulling the product.

When Andrew Oliver of Minneapolis heard the news, he headed over to Surdyk's Liquor to stock up on Miller Lite, his wife's favorite beer.

"We just had a kid, so she's looking forward to Miller Lite."

Oliver's wife certainly isn't the only loyal Miller drinker.

"There's a big following for Miller products," according to Molly Auron, assistant beer buyer for Surdyk's Liquor. About 30-40% of the store's beer cooler is filled with MillerCoors brands, Auron said.

"The weekend's coming, people need their beer, so I think people are preparing and stocking up," said Auron.

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  1. Don't care because....

    ....I don't drink beer.

    July 15, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. meme

    Miller Lite is liquid headache in a can/bottle. If you can manage to get a slight buzz from it (let alone drunk), you will have the worst hangover of your life a couple hours later. I'd rather be a beer snob and stick with my microbrews than suffer from Domestic.

    July 15, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. jerk

    @philip: it was the roman emperor constantine that founded catholicism. This is why most catholic customs are actually pagan. The emperor forged the dominate pagan beliefs with the rising christianity to creat a universal religion. That is why they are called catholic. The word means universal. That is why you won't find almost any of the catholic customs in the bible.

    July 15, 2011 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. jerk

    @philip: halos aren't mentioned in the bible, but are in catholic art. Why? They are actually small suns. The romans worshiped the sun! Also, christmas is nothing more than the roman festival called saturnalia. It's on dec. 25 and calls on the god of saturn to bring the sun back for their crops.

    July 15, 2011 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
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