City council OKs ordinance to allow brew pubs, tap rooms in Austin

Published 10:21 am Thursday, September 8, 2016

Some new drinks and businesses are brewing in Austin.

The Austin City Council unanimously — and relatively quickly — approved an ordinance to allow brew pubs and brewer tap rooms in Austin during Monday’s work session.

“I’m excited,” Council member Judy Enright said drawing a laugh. “Let’s go for it.”

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In a letter to the council, City Clerk Ann Kasel outlined the ordinance parameters and annual feels 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.

The ordinance must still be approved at a regular council meeting.

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.