Busted: Minnesota bar officials facing felony charge, accused of illegally importing, selling Spotted Cow

MAPLE GROVE, Minnesota -- A Minnesota bar owner and manager are charged with illegally bringing in a Wisconsin beer for resale.

The Hennepin County Attorney's office has charged 37-year-old bar owner Brandon Hlavka of St. Michael and 28-year-old manager David Lantos of Brooklyn Park each with a single felony of transporting alcohol into Minnesota for resale.

Authorities got a tip last April that Maple Tavern in Maple Grove was illegally importing and selling Spotted Cow beer. The beer is brewed by New Glarus Brewing Co. in Wisconsin and is not a licensed manufacturer in Minnesota.

According to the criminal complaint, agents served a search warrant on the bar and recovered three Spotted Cow kegs and receipts for the purchase of 10 kegs from two Hudson, Wisconsin, liquor stores.

The two are scheduled to appear in court March 2.