Bottoms up, Brainerd! Early liquor sales approved

The Minnesota Vikings are playing the Cleveland Browns in London later this month, presenting a challenging question to the team’s fans: Is it OK to start drinking at 8:30 in the morning? That’s when the game starts here.

In Brainerd, it’s even led to a change in a town ordinance which doesn’t allow for Sunday liquor sales at restaurants until 10 a.m.

Not anymore, the Brainerd Dispatch says.

The City Council on Monday adopted a new ordinance allowing Sunday liquor sales in the community starting at 8 a.m.

“You probably made a lot of Vikings fans happy,” city planner Mark Ostgarden said after the vote.

The new hours will be in effect for every Sunday, not just on October 29th.

  • >>Is it OK to start drinking at 8:30 in the morning?<<

    Amateurs.

    • ET

      You can’t drink all day unless you start early.

      • As the crappy country song says, “It’s 5 o’clock (in the morning) somewhere.”

  • Rob

    Big deal. I’m waiting for 24/7 booze sales.

    • Postal Customer

      Grocery stores, man.

      • Jeff

        Make it part of our Amazon proposal.

      • Rob

        There’s 24/7 grocery store liquor sales in Minnesota?

      • Barton

        Please no. They sell liquor in grocery stores in Missouri. Know what you can’t find in Missouri? Good Liquor. Scotch other than blended is hard to find, good Bourbon, good wine: all nearly impossible. Oh, the larger towns/cities will have a few stores, but other than that? You’d better hope you like national brands that move quickly. Otherwise you aren’t drinking.

  • Carol S.

    Isn’t that prime time for mimosas and bloody Marys? I’d have a good mimosa at 8:30, but probably not a beer…

    • Rob

      Bloody Mary Morning, Willie Nelson

    • I’ve never understood the beer chaser with a bloody. Is it a Minnesota thing?

      • QuietBlue

        I know it’s also common in Wisconsin; not sure about elsewhere. But yeah, at that point, just get a michelada and be done with it.

      • Kassie

        It is very much a Minnesota/Wisconsin thing.

      • Rob

        I just put the tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco right in my beer. Saves a step.

        • Kassie

          A Bloody Buddy? One of my favorites.

      • ET

        Are the bloody Mary’s too spicy for our Scandinavian palates?

        • Remember, there are a LOT more people of German ancestry than Scandinavian ancestry here.

        • Rob

          Not for mine. And some olives stuffed with habanero peppers make a great addition to a Bloody Mary.

        • QuietBlue

          I think people are just looking for a rationalization to drink more, personally.

      • No real answers here, but that IS discussed:

        https://onmilwaukee.com/bars/articles/askomcbloodymarys.html

      • MrE85

        Bloody and a bump? I know they serve that in North Dakota, too.

      • X.A. Smith

        You say that like beer is a bad thing. I’ve gotten a beer back in New York City, Washington DC, Colorado, Phoenix, San Diego—it’s everywhere. (Maybe not New England, haven’t spent much time there.)

      • Barton

        My friends from other states (other than WI) are always surprised when served the beer back at brunches here.

    • jon

      Find a good oatmeal stout, and maybe a surly coffee bender, it’s beer, it’s breakfast, it’s a great way to start a day of drinking.

  • Gary F

    Still baffles me why folks cant buy enough hooch to get them through an extra day. Even if you really “need” it, cant you buy some a day ahead of time?

    • Postal Customer

      I got an idea. We’ll end Sunday sales so you don’t have to be inconvenienced by other people buying beer on Sundays.

      And we’ll end sales of military weapons so that civilization doesn’t have to be inconvenienced by massacres.

    • ET

      Have you not attended a Mother’s Day Brunch? I worked for a resort for 8 years and Mother’s Day was always a huge deal. Mothers got a flower and a mimosa. Social drinking in the morning is a long standing Minnesota tradition.

      • Gary F

        yes, but brunch meant we ate at about 10.

        And I got plenty of hooch on hand if guests want to come watch football. Except see thru beers like Coors/Bud/Miller lite. I’d buy that on Saturday.

        • ET

          I think the aim was for bars to be able to sell early. That way people can experience the social aspect of drinking with strangers and yelling at the TV. 😉

    • Kassie

      This is about sales at restaurants. Most won’t let you bring in your own beer that you bought the day before.

    • jon

      And it baffles me why the nanny state government would have a place in regulating such things… but if we were all small government conservatives like me then-
      Wait… hang on a second, I’m not a small government conservative, I’m a right sized government leftist bleeding heart liberal!

      • Jeff

        A good reason to drink early and often.

  • MikeB

    A good change for bars and restaurants. All it took was one Vikings game early Sunday morning to discard decades of habit and tradition.

  • Jerry

    If you have to drink to enjoy an activity, maybe it’s time to realize you don’t really like that activity.

    • Rob

      Drinking is its own very enjoyable activity.

      • Jerry

        At the right time and place

        • When is the WRONG time and place?

          😉

          • Jerry

            I suppose we could reference back to any of Bob’s posts on drunk driving.

            An essential part of being an adult is knowing the right time and place to get your drink on and understanding moderation.

          • I know, i was just being silly.

  • Rob

    I think Sheryl Crow said it best: “I like a good beer buzz early in the morning.”