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MillerCoors to Pull Beer from Minnesota Shelves

PRNewsFoto/Ball Corporation(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Got beer? Maybe not someday soon if you're looking for MillerCoors products in Minnesota.

MillerCoors LLC. will likely pull 39 brands of beer including Coors Lite and Miller Genuine Draft from restaurants, bars and stores in Minnesota after the company failed to renew its brand label registration before the the state's government shutdown on July 1.

MillerCoors' registration expired in June and due to an error in which the company sent a check in excess of the required $30 per brand label renewal, the company may have to recall all of its beer from stores and bars in the state. Minnesota's government shut down a few days after they received a check from MillerCoors for the correct amount.

What's worse, the issue may not be resolved quickly since more than 23,000 of the state's employees are laid off during the stalemate over a $5 billion deficit in the state budget.

Minnesota Department of Public Safety says MillerCoors cannot sell or distribute their brands without the registration and have asked for their plan to pull their beer from the state. Facing a beer recall within a matter of days, MillerCoors says they are attempting to resolve the issue.

While mouths run dry, state legislators have made no visible attempt to break the budget impasse.

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