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Governor Walz Announces ‘Cheers to the Vaccine’ Campaign in Partnership with Local Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries

Participating establishments across Minnesota will provide free or discounted drinks and host on-site vaccinations between May 28 and June 30

5/28/2021 12:19:38 PM

[ST. PAUL, MN] — Today Governor Tim Walz, in partnership with the Craft Brewers Guild and the Minnesota Distillers Guild, launched the ‘Cheers to the Vaccine’ campaign providing free or discounted drinks to vaccinated adults. Minnesotans 21 years of age and older who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose will be eligible for a free or discounted drink at participating establishments starting May 28 through June 30.

Several Minnesota breweries and distilleries are planning on-site vaccination clinics in the weeks ahead to provide vaccines to guests. Details will be announced by the participating establishments.

Small businesses all over Minnesota have stepped up throughout the pandemic and I’m grateful so many breweries, wineries, and distilleries are now going the extra mile to help keep our state safe and end this pandemic,” said Governor Walz. “We’re doing this the Minnesota way — coming together to take care of each other while having a good time. Roll up your sleeves if you haven’t already, get back to your favorite spot, and cheers to the vaccine!”

“I’m grateful to the Minnesota breweries, wineries, and distilleries that stepped up to encourage Minnesotans to get their shot” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “If you haven’t gotten your vaccine yet, this is the perfect weekend to do so. Get your shot to summer and enjoy a cold beverage with friends or family.”

"Minnesota breweries are excited to get customers back in their taprooms, but they also want to continue to be safe. This program is a great way to promote safety and support local small businesses that have been hit especially hard during the pandemic," said Lauren McGinty, Executive Director of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild.

“From the beginning of the pandemic MN Distillers Guild members pitched in to combat COVID by producing tens of thousands of gallons of hand sanitizer for our communities, and we’re thrilled to now answer the call from the MN Department of Health to help end the pandemic,” said Mark Schiller, President of the Minnesota Distillers’ Guild.

Establishments participating in the ‘Cheers to the Vaccine’ campaign include:

Customers 21 and older must have proof of vaccination to receive a free or discounted drink at participating establishments. The promotion limits drinks to one per person. Other establishments interested in participating in this promotion should sign up here to participate.

Minnesotans are reminded to always drink responsibly and plan a sober ride.

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