The government shutdown in Minnesota nearly forced some beer to be pulled off store shelves because of expired licenses. On Thursday, the governor and top Republicans struck a deal to end the budget impasse, according to The Associated Press.
The MillerCoors brewing company had been told by the State Department of Public Safety that it needed to stop distribution in Minnesota and would have to devise a scheme to remove its products from stores, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The employees in charge of renewing the company’s brand license had been deemed noncritical after the shutdown and were unavailable to process the necessary paperwork.
“We believe we’ve followed all applicable State laws on this,” Julian Green, director of media relations for MillerCoors, told the newspaper. “It is our feeling that if we follow all State laws then we should be permitted and have the right to sell our products in the State.”
The newspaper reported that MillerCoors accounts for 38 percent of beer sales in the North Star State, meaning consumers would likely have faced significantly fewer choices had the shutdown continued.