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Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety
 

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Alcohol Enforcement Unit responsibilities include:
  • Issuing manufacturing/wholesale licenses.
  • Reviewing applications and approving some retail licenses.
  • Pre-licensing: Background checks and education.
  • Serving as the statewide repository for various retail license records.
  • Investigating alcohol-related complaints.  
In the 2018 fiscal year, the Alcohol Enforcement Unit activities included:
  • 557  pre-license inspections.
  • 1,345 site inspections.
  • 1,627 advertising compliance review investigations.
  • 440 complaint investigations.
  • 44 regulatory cases, resulting in agency action.
    • 40 cases resulted in $29,250 in fines collected for the state's general fund..
    • Four cases resulted in license suspensions for failing to pay fines.

License History

​License ​2011 ​2012 ​2013 ​2014 ​2015 2016 2017​​ 2018​​ ​2019 (Sept. 20)
​Farm Winery ​46 ​56 ​56 ​68 ​75 ​78 ​79 ​79
​Large Brewers ​6 ​6 ​6 ​6 ​13 ​12 ​20 ​22
​Small Brewers ​0 ​3 ​3 ​6 ​5 ​8 ​11 ​10
​Micro Brewer ​16 ​30 ​34 ​42 ​72 ​75 ​113 114​ ​124
​Micro Distiller ​0 ​1 ​3 ​4 ​3 ​3 ​1 ​1
​Micro Distiller Small ​0 ​0 ​1 ​9 ​12 ​18 ​28 ​30
 

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