Thursday, June 1, 2017

In the News: microbrewery tasting room moves forward; ABCC rule creates confusion

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"A bylaw change that would allow local microbreweries or wineries to have tasting rooms is a step closer to reality. 
The Town Council is set to take up the measure in June after it received approval from the Planning Board at its May 22 meeting. 
Deputy Town Administrator Jamie Hellen said the board passed the change, but altered one aspect of the proposal - the square footage of a microbrewery’s facility that could be devoted to a tasting room. 
“What we had done originally is allow (a tasting room of) 33 percent of the square footage,” Hellen said. “The Planning Board scaled that back to a quarter.”

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"It is a problem many craft beer drinkers run into – the buildup of a large collection of growlers they have purchased at the breweries they have visited. 
But, last week, the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission issued a new advisory, informing breweries they could fill any glass growler (typically a 64-ounce or 32-ounce jug) full of beer as long as the growler is completely blank with no labeling at all from another brewery. 
Although, generally in favor of the move, many MetroWest brewers say the new advisory is confusing and may wait before they start filling growlers other than their own. 
On Wednesday, members of the Mass. Brewer’s Guild – a trade organization for Massachusetts breweries – held a board of director’s meeting to discuss the new guidelines, said board member Keith Sullivan, co-owner of Medusa Brewing Company in Hudson."

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