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St. Patrick’s Day Rally for Sunday Sales

St. Patrick's Day Rally for Sunday Sales

Blue Laws are old, outdated and really don’t reflect today’s consumers. As a kid growing up in west-central Minnesota, I was always surprised by the number of North Dakota plates we’d see at our puny mall on Sunday afternoons. Though I didn’t really understand it at the time, our neighbors to the west were strapped by Blue Laws that kept them from buying a lot of things on Sundays. That’s always struck me as silly.

You know what else is silly? The fact that you can’t buy a nice six-pack of beer or a growler on a Sunday in Minnesota. As a life-long Minnesotan, I’ve learned to deal with the law as it stands, but I’ve never found it to make much sense. I can buy 3.2 beer at gas stations and grocery stores on Sunday. I can go to a bar or restaurant and have a beer on Sunday, too. Hell, I can buy wine at a farm winery in Minnesota on a Sunday. So why, oh why can’t I buy a growler or a six pack on a Sunday?

Minnesota Beer Activists are working to change things. On Monday, they’re putting on a concert at First Avenue in Minneapolis to help raise money for their efforts to legalize Sunday Sales. The event will feature the music of Romantica, White Iron Band, Silverback Colony and Mark Andrew. We’re pretty sure no green beer will be present and no one will ask you if you’re Irish. C’mon down, rock out and support a good cause.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Surly Overrated Release Party/Concert Saturday

Surly Overrated West Coast Style IPA

To kick off the release of Overrated, Surly’s new West-coast IPA, they’ll be throwing a release party at The Depot and following that up by sponsoring a show with The 4onthefloor at First Avenue’s Mainroom. Starting at 5pm, you can check out Overrated at the Depot. Music in the Mainroom starts at 8pm. Drink some Overrated beer, listen to some stompin’ rock music and have a good time. There will be $5 cans of Overrated. Furious, Cynic, Hell, Bender, Coffee Bender, and Smoke will also be available.

Tickets are $12 in advanced or $14 at the door.

To purchase tickets visit http://first-avenue.com/event/2013/04/4onthefloor

About Overrated:
It’s been said: “It’s easier to brew an extremely hoppy beer than an extremely balanced beer.” And you know us, we are always looking for the easy way out, so we jumped on the West Coast IPA bandwagon and brewed this dry and hoppy ale. “Surly’s a little bit of a one-trick pony, they just brew gimmick beers,” and maybe we are OVERRATED, but at the end of the day, it’s just a beer. If you like it, great, so do we. If you only liked us when we were small, then leave this one on the shelf. Let one of the fanboys grab it.