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Bar vs micro-distillery with tap room

michaelskis

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Recent changes in state law will allow micro-distilleries to serve beer, wine, and liquor similar to a bar. Under the old regulations, micro-distilleries could only sell 5 bottles per year directly to the customers and the tastings were limited to no more than a quarter of an ounce. Otherwise everything else had to be sold through state owned liquor stores. The new regulations would allow them to operate more as a bar, where folks could go and have mix-ed drinks or partner-up with other breweries and wineries and offer a wider range of products.

The question is when does it become a bar? I have one citizen up in arms because of a distillery that is going through some renovations to install a bar because they will be able to expand their operations under the new state law. The micro-distillery, micro-brewery, micro-winery uses are permitted by right within that district, however a 'bar' is a special land use, requires additional standards including separation distances and a bunch of other stuff that the micro-uses will not require.

Personally, I think that there are two different cultural aspects and they are two different uses in terms of their impact to surrounding uses.

What are your thoughts?
 
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shell_waster

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This is a slippery slope. It may be that the new law was intending for micro-distilleries to have a accessory bar or drinking place but I can see how a bar would become more than 50% of the business. Are they limited to the amount they can sell for on-premise consumption? Can your ordinance limit the on-premise consumption to a percentage of what is distilled or a maximum number of gallons?
 

LTrain

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Can the distillery go through the process for special land use before they operate a bar ? It is possible for a single location to have multiple uses and follow the standards of both uses.
 

Planit

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In most cases you shouldn't have to go through a process for special land use unless your ordinance specifies it. You can have mixed / multiple uses and follow the standards for both.

We allow one of the uses to be an accessory to the primary use. In this case, the distillery is the primary use and the bar is the accessory if in an industrial zone - think outlet store at a factory. In another case, we would allow the bar to be the primary use and the distillery (albeit restricted to a certain size more like craft distilling) the accessory use if in a commercial zone - but our ordinance allows limited manufacturing in commercial zones.

Disclaimer - Ordinances & ABC laws vary from location to location.
 
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