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Growlers taken out of alcohol bill

ST. PAUL - Minnesota supporters of Sunday alcohol sales are growling today.

The Senate Taxes Committee Monday removed a provision from an overall alcohol bill to allow the sale of growlers on Sundays.

Growlers, refillable beer containers, would have been allowed to be sold on Sundays at craft beer locations under a provision by Sen. Roger Reinert, D-Duluth.

"It's very disappointing to see a bill that passed the Commerce Committee on a nearly unanimous voice vote now be stripped of these reasonable provisions," Reinert said. "The Legislature's inconsistency on liquor issues is increasingly frustrating."

Reinert is a long-time supporter of allowing Sunday alcohol sales. The growler provision was one of what he called "baby steps" being taken to his eventual goal.

A Reinert provision remaining in the bill would allow taprooms to be open on Sundays.

A House alcohol bill still contains the growler provision.

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