By Greg Stanley Star Tribune DECEMBER 10, 2018
At the Bent Brewstillery taproom in Roseville, Bartley Blume can sell pints of all the IPAs, blonde ales, stouts and craft beer his crew can make. But unlike other small distilleries in Minnesota, Bent can’t sell mixed drinks made from the liquor it produces.
That’s because the 2014 state law that allows micro-distilleries to open “cocktail rooms” to showcase and sell their liquor — much in the same way that microbreweries can operate taprooms — forbids one site from offering both. No venue that sells its own beer on-site can get a permit to sell its own liquor there.