Posted at 4:13 PM on July 18, 2011
by Paul Tosto
I'm willing to bet that when the whole shutdown thing is over and you ask people: Quick! What's the first thing you remember, it will be the Great Minnesota Potential Beer Crisis.
This, of course, was the dispute over whether Beer giant MillerCoors had the proper licensing before the shutdown.
Much beer and many tears were spilled after that with various parties agonizing about the possible loss of Miller beer, Coors and the other three dozen or so brands under the corporation's control.
The reality was the beer kept flowing.
Anyway, this afternoon, MPR's Annie Baxter this afternoon reports:
MillerCoors says it likely will not take legal action against the state in a dispute about whether the company has a valid license to sell beer.
MillerCoors spokesman Julian Green says with a budget deal possibly in sight, the company is confident the matter will be cleared up.
Green says the company has not withdrawn its products from the state and doesn't plan to.
"We're still in discussions with the state but we don't foresee any issues now that it looks like the shutdown is coming to an end," he said.