Miller-Coors can’t sell during shutdown

John Hageman

If you’re partial to Blue Moon, High Life or any of Miller-Coors’ other 37 brands of beer, you may want to stock up. 

Because its branding license wasn’t renewed before the state government shutdown, Miller-Coors has to come up with a plan to pull its beer from bars and liquor stores in the coming days, according to KSTP

Each alcohol brand has to pay a $30 branding fee, which is good for three years. Miller-Coors can’t renew that license during the shutdown. 

And if the shutdown extends into October, Anheuser Busch – the largest brewing company in the U.S. – will be forced to remove its stock from liquor store shelves and restaurant storage rooms.

In addition, bars and liquor stores that didn’t renew their licensing fee before the shutdown face a dwindling supply of alcohol, according to the Star Tribune. About 300 of 10,000 establishments didn’t renew their licenses before they expired June 30. 

It’s now the 13th day of the shutdown, with a budget deal seemingly nowhere in sight. Will coming liquor crisis will be the final push lawmakers need to make a deal? Only time will tell. 

 

Here’s a list of the beers that will be pulled from shelves in the coming days:

Blue Moon Pale Moon Belgian Style Pale Ale, Coors Banquet, Coors Light, Coors Light 3.2, Foster’s Lager Beer, Foster’s Premium Ale, Grolsch Amber Ale, Grolsch Blonde Lager, Grolsch Light Lager, Grolsch Premium Lager, Hamm’s, Hamm’s Genuine Draft Style, Hamm’s Special Light, Henry Weinhard’s Dark, Henry Weinhard’s Hefeweizen, Henry Weinhard’s Pale Ale, Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve, Icehouse Beer, Keystone Light Beer 3.2, Killians Irish Red 3.2, MGD Light 64, Mickey’s Ice Ale, Mickey’s Malt Liquor, Miller Genuine Draft, Miller High Life 12/16 oz can, Miller High Life Ice, Miller High Life Light 12 oz can, Miller Lite 3.2%, Miller Lite Beer, Milwaukee’s Best #1 , Milwaukee’s Best Ice, Milwaukee’s Best Light #1 3.2, Molson Canadian, Molson Canadian Light, Molson Golden, Molson Ice, Molson XXX, Olde English 800 Malt Liquor, Sparks Light