City of Ada Looking into Offering Alternative for 3.2 Liquor License Holders

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (2/24/20)

Ada, MN -- 3.2 Beer, or low alcohol beer, is slowly becoming a thing of the past. In fact, Minnesota is the only state in the nation that still sells it. And because of that, many breweries are halting production of 3.2 beer as demand goes down. That’s becoming a problem for many businesses and organizations that have preferred a 3.2 liquor license over the years due to the affordability and ease of acquiring it. Because of that the city of Ada is looking into amending their ordinance to allow for the purchase of a regular beer and wine license, which would be a higher price point but still more affordable than the standard beer, wine, and intoxicating liquor license that most bars carry, according to Ada City Administrator Ashley Larson.

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There are four establishments in the city of Ada that currently hold a 3.2 Liquor license: ARC Lanes, West Main Pizza, the Heart of the Valley Golf Course, and the Norman County Fair.  Larson says if this new license option moves forward, it will hopefully provide our local establishments a wide variety of products at doable price point.

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The Ada City Council plans to set a price point for the new license at their next meeting on March 2nd.