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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 2020 fiscal year, the Alcohol Enforcement Unit activities included:
  • 476 pre-license inspections.
  • 320 site inspections.
  • 1,849 advertising compliance review investigations.
  • 216 complaint investigations.  
  • 27 regulatory cases, resulting in agency action.
    • 26 cases resulted in $16,000 in fines collected for the state's general fund.
    • One case resulted in license suspensions.

License History

​License ​2012 ​2013 ​2014 ​2015 2016 2017​​ 2018​​ ​2019  2020​​
​Farm Winery ​56 ​56 ​68 ​75 ​78 ​79 ​79 86​ ​77
​Large Brewers ​6 ​6 ​6 ​13 ​12 ​20 ​22 ​25 ​23
​Small Brewers ​3 ​3 ​6 ​5 ​8 ​11 ​10 ​13 ​9
​Micro Brewer ​30 ​34 ​42 ​72 ​75 ​113 114​ ​145 ​135
​Micro Distiller ​1 ​3 ​4 ​3 ​3 ​1 ​1 ​1 ​2
​Micro Distiller Small ​0 ​1 ​9 ​12 ​18 ​28 ​30 ​35 ​32
 

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