Minnesota beer drinkers beware – Coors and Miller beers appear to be on their way out of the state, all because of an over-payment to the state. Talk about a technicality!
According to the Chicago Tribune, the MillerCoors brewing company will soon be forced to pull 39 brands of beers from every restaurant, bar and liquor store in the state of Minnesota.
It is supposedly because the state of Minnesota claims that MillerCoors did not renew its brand label registration far enough in advance before the state’s government shutdown.
“What that means is they’re not able to either distribute or sell their product in this state,” said Doug Neville, spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Neville said the bare-bones staff of the state Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement department reached out to MillerCoors for a removal plan, also adding that products will likely begin being pulled this week.
Chicago-based MillerCoors, a joint venture of SABMiller and Molson Coors, put in for the label registration renewal in mid-June, but that application wasn’t accepted because they “overpaid their fees,” says Neville. A second attempt at renewal could not be processed before the license expired June 30, and the government shut down the next day.
“As the shelves go bare, I’ll tighten the noose up on my own neck,” Trevor Berg, 43, said in a telephone interview from Minneapolis. “The more I sell, the faster I’m going to go bankrupt.”