- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota bar near the Wisconsin border is accused of selling a popular Wisconsin beer, even though it’s not licensed to do so.

The sale of Spotted Cow in Minnesota that’s made by Wisconsin’s New Glarus Brewing Co. is a felony criminal offense. Beer from the brewer can only be distributed in Wisconsin.

A search warrant filed in Hennepin County says an employee of Maple Tavern in the Twin Cities suburb of Maple Grove made beer runs to a liquor store in Hudson, Wisconsin, to buy Spotted Cow kegs from Feb. 20 to April 4. Court documents say a photo posted on Maple Tavern’s Facebook page showed a Spotted Cow tap at the bar.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1K0zCMj ) reports investigators went to the tavern and ordered a glass of Spotted Cow beer, then busted the bar.

Neither the tavern nor the bar’s manager are licensed to transport alcohol to Minnesota. Another manager, Brandon Hlavka, said it was a mistake to bring the beer to Maple Tavern, but it was with the best of intentions.

Charges haven’t yet been filed, and Minnesota Department of Public Safety spokesman Bruce Gordon declined to comment.

New Glarus co-owner Deb Carey said the situation is “baffling,” and that it’s happened before in Illinois and New York.

“There’s a lot of great beers - there’s a lot of great Minnesota beers,” Carey said. “For someone to go to this length, I don’t get it.”

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Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com

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