What is the “Surly Bill” that was passed in Minnesota in 2011?

Minneapolis Minnesota brewery and distillery attorney Jeff O’Brien discusses the tap room law that allowed for breweries to create rooms for on-premise beer consumption.

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The Surly bill is the – is known as the Taproom Law, which legally allowed production breweries to create a space inside the brewery or adjacent to the brewery where retail customers can come and purchase pints and flights for on-premise consumption. Previously they could give out samples at the brewery, but there was never the opportunity to be able to sell pints and flights. And so that’s what the Surly Bill is. It’s the law that enabled the breweries to open taprooms.