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Many of us aren't MillerCoors fans, but this is really bad for business. The MN government shutdown has gotten way out of hand.

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Re: MillerCoors Forced To Pull Products From Retail Outlets In Minnesota
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2011, 01:39:48 PM »
seems like it might be a boon for a lot of nimble craft lager brewers
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Re: MillerCoors Forced To Pull Products From Retail Outlets In Minnesota
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2011, 02:43:33 PM »
"...the process got held up when they wrote a check for too much money"

Bureaucracy at it's best.

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Re: MillerCoors Forced To Pull Products From Retail Outlets In Minnesota
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2011, 03:06:22 PM »
"...the process got held up when they wrote a check for too much money"

Bureaucracy at it's best.

Right, that struck me as really strange. Like they couldn't have signed off on the registration (especially given the impending shutdown) and simply issued a refund??
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Re: MillerCoors Forced To Pull Products From Retail Outlets In Minnesota
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2011, 03:08:20 PM »
"...the process got held up when they wrote a check for too much money"

Bureaucracy at it's best.

Right, that struck me as really strange. Like they couldn't have signed off on the registration (especially given the impending shutdown) and simply issued a refund??
It might not have just been the check, it could have been the paperwork was wrong which was why the check was wrong.
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Re: MillerCoors Forced To Pull Products From Retail Outlets In Minnesota
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2011, 03:43:50 PM »
Wow I hate my state right now. I can't get a Miller highlife and go camping...lame. Good thing I have a fridge full of craft beer from around Minnesota and a backyard with a pool.
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Re: MillerCoors Forced To Pull Products From Retail Outlets In Minnesota
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2011, 03:56:26 PM »
Wow I hate my state right now. I can't get a Miller highlife and go camping...lame. Good thing I have a fridge full of craft beer from around Minnesota and a backyard with a pool.
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Re: MillerCoors Forced To Pull Products From Retail Outlets In Minnesota
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2011, 04:13:29 PM »
Wow I hate my state right now. I can't get a Miller highlife and go camping...lame. Good thing I have a fridge full of craft beer from around Minnesota and a backyard with a pool.
Doesn't Surly can?  You can take that camping . . .

Yep, and we now have cans of 21st Amendment in Minnesota too.  

There's definitely no loss here for the craft beer community.  As morticaixavier pointed out, this could be a boon for local, craft beer.  But it serves as a painful example of how the shutdown -- which is of unprecedented magnitude in our state -- can affect the brewing industry.  This will hurt MillerCoors as Minnesota is a big market for them.

Rumors of a possible legal challenge are already circulating.  One of MillerCoors' positions is likely to be that retailers should at least be able to sell what they've got on hand to the extent that the product was purchased prior to the expiration of the brand registration.  It sounds like a pretty good argument, but I'd have to do some research to see how or whether courts have ever had to consider that issue.  It's probably not all that likely that the issue has been litigated under same or similar facts.
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Re: MillerCoors Forced To Pull Products From Retail Outlets In Minnesota
« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2011, 04:13:52 PM »
"...the process got held up when they wrote a check for too much money"

Bureaucracy at it's best.

Right, that struck me as really strange. Like they couldn't have signed off on the registration (especially given the impending shutdown) and simply issued a refund??

Way to simple of a solution. I've dealt with too many bureaucracies to even hope for that type of common sense resolution to a simple problem. Not strange at all.
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Re: MillerCoors Forced To Pull Products From Retail Outlets In Minnesota
« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2011, 09:47:27 PM »
almost completely off topic but when I first looked at the link in the OP I thought it said pinto flaw and it took me a good three minutes to work out pint of law.

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Re: MillerCoors Forced To Pull Products From Retail Outlets In Minnesota
« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2011, 10:08:45 PM »
All the state parks are shut down and I am not going to a KOA. Looks like I am posting up shop in my back yard
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Re: MillerCoors Forced To Pull Products From Retail Outlets In Minnesota
« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2011, 11:23:00 PM »
All the state parks are shut down and I am not going to a KOA. Looks like I am posting up shop in my back yard
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Re: MillerCoors Forced To Pull Products From Retail Outlets In Minnesota
« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2011, 01:11:37 AM »
I hope this helps with the craft beer in Minnesota but on the other hand I like Miller and this will affect their sales and peoples livelihood. I bet anheiser busch are happy as clams
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Re: MillerCoors Forced To Pull Products From Retail Outlets In Minnesota
« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2011, 02:32:28 AM »
This whole thing (economy, and too much fighting between parties) is going to get much, much worse before it gets better. I'm not a BMC fan in the slightest, but as people have said, they're a huge employer, and probably a decent income source for the state by way of taxes as well.
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Re: MillerCoors Forced To Pull Products From Retail Outlets In Minnesota
« Reply #14 on: July 14, 2011, 03:35:51 AM »
This whole thing (economy, and too much fighting between parties) is going to get much, much worse before it gets better. I'm not a BMC fan in the slightest, but as people have said, they're a huge employer, and probably a decent income source for the state by way of taxes as well.

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