Should Saint Paul Allow Liquor Stores and Brewers to Sell Until 10pm?

Some Saint Paul City Council members are exploring the idea of modernizing the city’s liquor code to match surrounding communities and eliminate consumer confusion.

Right now the City of Saint Paul requires off-sale liquor purchases to end at 8:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Nearly every other municipality sharing a border with Saint Paul is consistent with a 10:00 p.m. closing time Monday-Saturday.

Saint Paul City Council Member Chris Tolbert had this to say in a recent Ward 3 update:

One reason to consider changing the ordinance is because Saint Paul has a burgeoning brewery culture. Right now, with the exception of Sundays’, breweries can only sell growlers during legal hours for off-sale. So while most breweries are open until 10:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday they cannot sell take-home brews for the last two hours of business, meaning lost revenue for the breweries and frustration and confusion for customers.

The Saint Paul City Council will take public commentary on the issue through September 1st. Send your thoughts to Libby Kantner at libby.kantner@ci.stpaul.mn.us. The Council will compile all received comments for public review.

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