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Free or discounted beer, wine and cocktails for Minnesotans vaccinated against COVID-19

A new partnership between the state of Minnesota and participating breweries, wineries and distilleries offers free or discounted drinks with proof of vaccine from May 28 through June 30.

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ST. PAUL — Get your shot, and these local breweries, wineries and distilleries will throw in a chaser — on the house.

Starting Friday, May 28, vaccinated Minnesotans can sip free or discounted brews, wine or cocktails from participating establishments thanks to a new partnership between the state, the Craft Brewers Guild and Minnesota Distillers guild.

“We’re doing this the Minnesota way — coming together to take care of each other while having a good time," Gov. Tim Walz said in a Friday news release. "Roll up your sleeves if you haven’t already, get back to your favorite spot, and cheers to the vaccine!”

Walz's office this week announced a slate of incentives hoping to convince Minnesotans who haven't already to get their COVID-19 vaccines.

RELATED: Free fishing license or State Fair tickets: Minnesota aims to lure more to get COVID-19 shots Gov. Tim Walz announced the campaign Thursday, May 27, as the state tried to reach a 70% target of Minnesotans 16 and older vaccinated against COVID-19.
Minnesotans 21 and older have to show proof that they've received at least one dose of the vaccine to get a free or discounted drink from participating establishments from May 28 to June 30.

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Participating establishments are:

Big Lake: Lupulin Brewing Company

Callaway: Richwood Winery

Eagan: Bald Man Brewing

Hallock: Far North Spirits Inc.

Hastings: Spiral Brewery

Isanti: Isanti Spirits

Minneapolis:

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Minnetonka: Unmapped Brewing Co.

Northfield: Loon Liquors

Parkers Prairie: L'Etoile du Nord

St. Louis Park: Dampfwerk Distillery Co.

St. Paul: Bad Weather Brewing Company

Mearhoff is a Minnesota Capitol Correspondent for Forum News Service. You can reach her at smearhoff@forumcomm.com or 651-290-0707.
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