City council formally OKs breweries, tap room ordinance

Published 10:29 am Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The public is reportedly happy with what’s brewing in Austin.

The Austin City Council unanimously voted Monday to approve an ordinance to allow brew pubs and brewer tap rooms in Austin after some businesses approached the city.

“We have some interested parties who have talked with us in the last year,” City Clerk Ann Kasel said.

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In a letter to the council, Kasel previously outlined the ordinance parameters and annual fees for the breweries, noting brew pubs and tap rooms are a fast-growing industry in Minnesota.

The ordinance would define a “brewer” as a person who manufactures malt liquor for sale, while a “brew pub” would denote a restaurant that holds on-sale liquor brewed on the premises for sale and personal consumption on the premises.

Kasel described the ordinance as a proactive approach to the issue, and she said the city has already received positive feedback over the approval.

“I think they’re excited about this,” Kasel said.

Annual fees under the tap room and brew pub ordinance:

•Brew Pub on-sale liquor license fee: $2,250.

•Special Sunday Brew Pub on-sale liquor license fee: $200.

•Brew Pub off-sale liquor license fee: $100.

•Sunday Growler off-sale license: $25.

•Small brewer off-sale license: $100.

•Brewer tap room license: $300.