Talk about your all-time buzzkills… literally. Minnesota bars are running out of beer? Who knew state government had their hands in those pockets? Oh wait. It’s government. Nothing’s surprises me anymore.
On balance, I hadn’t thought of this unfortunate side of things. Governments regulate the sale and distribution of everything from liquor and beer to cigarettes. No government = no beer, liquor, and cigarettes. Rum-running speakeasies for anyone?
Hundreds of bars, restaurants and stores across Minnesota are running out of beer and alcohol and others may soon run out of cigarettes — a subtle and largely unforeseen consequence of a state government shutdown.
In the days leading up to the shutdown, thousands of outlets scrambled to renew their state-issued liquor purchasing cards. Many of them did not make it.
Now, with no end in sight to the shutdown, they face a summer of fast-dwindling alcohol supplies and a bottom line that looks increasingly bleak.
Come Labor Day, cigarette smokers will be in the same bind.
The state has stopped issuing the tax stamps that distributors must glue to the bottom of every pack before it’s sold for retail.
As if Minnesota wasn’t depressing enough already… No beer for Twins games? Unthinkable.