Or maybe not...from Gary Glass...http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=1413.msg17482#msg17482
"It's amusing, I've been contacted by two separate reporters regarding this bill. I checked it out after seeing that same article posted above, and as I suspected, the bill has nothing to do with homebrewing. It has to do with changing Agriculture Dept. regulations on food/beverage production, specifically beer and fruit juice.
I did note that the regulations require that commercially produced beer be bottled/canned on automated equipment. So small brewers doing specialty brews can't legally hand fill bottles, like a lot of brewers do with 750 ml bottles and such for their specialty beers.
Here is a better read on this from a Minnesota Craft Brewer:
There is a misrepresentation by some that the legislation about brewing below grade will allow folks to brew in their home basement commercially. This is not case.
The bill was introduced on behalf of a non-alcohol beverage producer who wish to produce products below grade in a commercially zoned area.
When the MN Department of Agriculture looked at the rules they realized many current commercially licensed businesses were in compliance with the law. This included several brew pubs and breweries. Recognizing this, language was introduce to cleaned up the law to bring existing business in compliance with the law.
To become a brewer in MN you will still need to be approved federally by ATF/TTB which now include filing documents via the ATF/TTB for the Department Homeland Security and the FDA. Further you will have to be approved by the MN Department
Public Safety, the MN Department of Agriculture and by your local city government which governs local building, zoning, and icensing issues. The key word being zoning.
Production breweries are license by the State as a manufacturing business thus local governments required them to operate in industrial zoned areas.
Brewpubs are licensed under the on premise license thus are required to operate in commercial zones, with all the requirement that come with being an on premise business.
Hope this helps everyone better understand the issues.
Mantorville Brewing Company, LLC