Council debates letting breweries set up downtown
by Rachel Miller
May 30, 2013 12:21 AM | 3491 views | 9 9 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Roger Davis, left, and Bobby Thomas, brewer, stand next to the 20-barrel brewhouse at the Red Hare Brewing Company in Marietta. (File photo - MDJ Staff / Jon-Michael Sullivan)
Roger Davis, left, and Bobby Thomas, brewer, stand next to the 20-barrel brewhouse at the Red Hare Brewing Company in Marietta. (File photo - MDJ Staff / Jon-Michael Sullivan)
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MARIETTA — The City Council on Wednesday considered changing the zoning ordinance for Marietta’s downtown business district to allow breweries and distilleries to open shop.

Since there is no city code on breweries or distilleries, the city classifies these businesses under the zoning category of food manufacturing, limiting them to industrially-zoned areas, said Planning and Zoning Director Rusty Roth.

Councilman Johnny Sinclair prompted the discussion after a new whiskey manufacturer, Lazy Guy Distillery, chose to locate in Kennesaw instead of Marietta because of the way Marietta handles these businesses, he said.

Council requested staff to present a new ordinance at Monday’s meeting that would allow for breweries and distilleries in commercial areas.

Sinclair said he wants to hear from the public on the proposed change. He told the council a brewery could add to a mix of options that appeal to a younger population.

“Is that something like we would want to have in our downtown area?” Sinclair asked.

If the goal is to allow breweries in commercial areas, the city’s zoning staff suggested capping the space of such businesses at 20,000 square feet so they would not stick out in downtown Marietta.

Councilman Jim King said he supports a microbrewery as a form of a restaurant, but doesn’t want something “massive.”

King suggested measuring the size of a new establishment by the volume of beer or liquor produced.

Staff was also directed to bring back more information on federal and state laws for businesses that combine the manufacturing and retail sale of alcohol.

Red Hare Brewery operates a business in Marietta at 1998 Delk Industrial Blvd., and offers tours at that location near Delk Road.
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Jim Warren
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June 03, 2013
I support and would spend my dollars at a microbrewery on the Square.
Visual Dump
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May 30, 2013
The Square is a visual dump, as compared to downtown Acworth. Not sure why any business would want to open shop on the Square. The Square has so much potential, but having a sole owner for most of the buildings will keep things dumpy looking forever. The businesses and numerous landlords in downtown Acworth, work together to maintain strict visual and historic standards. Kudos to them.
Havoc571
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May 31, 2013
I can agree with you and also having the courthouse that close to almost every business there does take the fun and some freedom from all of the people that run through there. It does look bad but then again it is close to Smyrna. And lets just say that's not the best of towns either. Something needs to change here in the near future to improve on Marietta in general.
its 2013
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May 30, 2013
I don't see any problem with doing this. I think it would work well with the downtown area and restaurants and hopefully could bring jobs and money to the city.
TYGA2
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May 30, 2013
There You Go Again talking about wanting younger people to move here. Let's see some action that might attract young people. Question number one they ask is, "Do I have to use a car for everywhere I go? Here in Marietta GA the answer is Yes, and increasingly so. Here we go talking about adding more beer, while having dozens of parallel "conversations" about adding more cars.
Gringo Bandito
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May 30, 2013
What does having to drive have to do with allowing a brewery in the city? By your logic, St' Louis and Milwaukee should be the DUI capitals of the world.
TYGA2
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June 02, 2013
I didn't say one word about DUI. I am lambasting the hyprocrisy of city council always CLAIMING to want to do things to attract young affluent beautiful people, such as allowing breweries downtown, while the real actions of the city county effectively repel young affluent beautiful people and instead, at best, attract more elderly people such as those on city council. The elderly drive everywhere and cannot conceive of an entire generation that rejects the notion.

Young people have cars figured out and have little interest in them beyond utilitarian limited to when cars' carrying utility is needed, such as a trip to the IKEA (what's the IKEA, you say)? Slap an apostrophe S on the end and you'll know it's a store.

Middle aged and old people think cars are status symbols that make them "free and sexy" when the opposite is true: they make you a slave to whatever bank financed your car and to the Arabs who associate with terrorists who sell you the gasoline they explode all over the place in their aluminum cylinders, and they isolate you in what's sold as "protective custody" but is still a tiny little prison.

So the point is we keep talking about wanting young people here but we keep building our civil infrastructure to turn them away. We can add all the breweries and other young-minded attractions we like, but if we keep on keeping on with the 1950's era car lifestyle, we can't build it and they WON'T come. Even the few bright young people we managed to grow here leave. Ain't no way any are moving here from less stupid places.

People can and will take a taxi or the bus to brewery tour day, but what about going to work or the grocery store EVERY day? If you HAVE to drive those places, and if you HAVE to sit in a bunch of traffic just to go to the market, young people are NOT going to buy into that system!
FROM TEXAS
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May 30, 2013
There’s this new thing called the internet just Google it; there’s been Microbrewery laws and zonings in place all over the county for years. That’s an idea we will take a boondoggle to check this out and the taxpayers can pay for it; maybe we can get Timmy Lee to let us fly on the NCR corporate jet form McCollum. No let’s put Microbreweries all over Franklin Road that way we can displace the Crack sales.
From Texas...
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May 30, 2013
You are literally obsessed with Tim Lee. It's hit the scary point.
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