SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Today, the Minnesota legislature passed SF 4489, which temporarily allows restaurants to sell take-home beer and wine but fails to include distilled spirits.

“While we are grateful the legislature is supporting innovative solutions to support restaurants during this difficult time, it is very unfortunate that distilled spirits were not included,” said Dale Szyndrowski, vice president of state government relations at the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. “Alcohol is alcohol, and adult consumers should have equal access to spirits, beer and wine products. Permitting take-home spirits sales in Minnesota will further boost the struggling hospitality industry during COVID-19 and provide greater convenience for consumers. As people are practicing social distancing and staying home, the simple pleasure of making a cocktail can bring a little joy to adults who are hunkered down at home.”

The legislation now goes to the governor’s desk for signature.