Council amends zoning code to permit a micro-brewery

 
According to “Manfred Friedrich and Donald Bull's Register of United States Breweries 1876 to 1976” the Montgomery Brewery hasn’t brewed beer since 1942. 
 
That is about to change after the Montgomery City Council amended part of its zoning code on Monday, Oct. 21 to add micro-winery and micro-distillery, and keep distillation processes as approved uses.
 
On September 10, Charles Dorsey and Alan Newton approached the city’s planning and zoning commission about opening a micro-brewery in the historic brewery building  in Montgomery. 
 
At the meeting, some members of the commission asked several questions about the business. Dorsey stated that the size of the operation is very minimal. He said they would brew twice a month. He added that the building is set into four to five zones and their operation should consist of about four tabletops. 
 
Preliminary plans also call for a taproom, an area that allows for on-sale consumption of malt  liquor produced by the brewer, twice a month on the day they are brewing.  
 
After the council unanimously approved the zoning amendment, Dorsey told the council, “We are very excited for this opportunity.”
 
A micro-brewery has the capacity to manufacture less than 15,000 barrels of alcoholic  and non-alcoholic malt liquor a year.
 
Dorsey and Newton said they are looking at spring, 2014 as an opening date.
 
Other business
In other council business, the council approved a request by the Montgomery Area Community Club to use First Street for the Torchlight Parade on December 5 and to have the parade end at the City Garage parking lot.