Brewery comes to Watkinsville | News

Watkinsville City Council last week approved a bid for the county’s first brewery.

Newly established and locally owned South Main Brewing will open this summer inside Wire Park at 111 South Barnett Shoals Road, co-CEOs Dutch Guest IV and Brock Toole said. The brewery will operate in a 4,010 square foot space.

In December, the council approved a brewery ordinance. At the February meeting, he added an amendment to the city’s zoning ordinance that required breweries be within 100 feet of an eating establishment.

The text amendment defines a brewery as “a licensed conditional-use establishment in which malt beverages are produced, including for consumption on the premises…”

It also allows downtown breweries, mixed-use offices and major historic zoning districts as conditional use, City Manager Sharyn Dickerson said.

The council voted 3 to 1 for amendment and application. Council members Jeff Campbell, Brett Thomas and Chuck Garrett voted in favor and Councilor Connie Massey opposed. Councilor Christine Tucker was not present at the meeting.

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