Mounds View looks to change city code to welcome breweries


Barley John’s Brew Pub in New Brighton is one of the closer establishments to Mounds View residents who want to enjoy in-house brewed beer. Thanks to possible upcoming changes to Mounds View’s zoning and license codes, residents may soon be able to stay within city limits for such an opportunity.

With dozens of breweries already established in the Twin Cities area, Mounds View has begun to consider opening its doors to the trend.

During the Aug. 8 City Council meeting, council members unanimously approved the first reading of proposals that will alter both the city’s zoning and licensing codes allowing micro breweries to set up shop in the small suburb.

 

Interest from residents

According to city officials, residents have shown interest in the idea of having something like a taproom in the city.

To the north, the closest brewery for Mounds View residents is HammerHeart Brewing Co. in Lino Lakes. To the south is a brewpub, Barley John’s in New Brighton and another nearby brewery is Bent Brewstillery in Roseville. Further south, there are dozens of options.

Jon Sevald, a Mounds View city planner, explained the proposed zoning alteration to the council Aug. 8, and said he’s occasionally searched Google for local micro breweries in the general vicinity of the suburb and has noticed their numbers have increased over time.

“Last time I heard, there’s about 100 or so micro breweries in Minnesota,” he said.

Though a brewery has yet to call Mounds View home, that could change soon, as council members iron out the remaining details, including figuring out where such an establishment could move in.

 

Laying down some ground rules

As it is, the proposed code will prohibit businesses that identify as “micro breweries, national breweries, regional breweries, brewpubs, spirit distilleries, micro distilleries and taprooms” from moving into a building fewer than 200 feet away from a church and less fewer than 1,000 feet from Pinewood and Edgewood elementary schools.

According to assistant city administrator Desaree Crane, further regulations, such as whether the city would allow a combination distillery and brewery in the same building, need to be looked into further.

 

Bringing the food and beer

Sevald said most of the interest coming from residents has been focused on having a taproom in the city, which is essentially a bar area attached to a brewery from which the brewery sells its own product.

Taprooms may or may not have off-sale products, depending on the license and approvals each receives.

Brewpubs are establishments that offer both beer brewed on site, as well as food made in an on-site kitchen. Breweries themselves do not offer food, but council member Sherry Gunn said this could also open opportunities for food trucks, another popular movement that often accompanies breweries.

 

Jesse Poole can be reached at jpoole@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7815. Follow him on Twitter @JPooleNews.

 

 

 

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