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Decatur City Commission considering alcohol license for Oakhurst brewpub

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Decatur City Commission considering alcohol license for Oakhurst brewpub

Illustration. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Illustration. Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Decatur City Commission is considering approval of an alcohol license for a forthcoming brew pub in Oakhurst.

The commission, which meets at 7:30 p.m., has the license for Oak Brewpub on its agenda. The brewpub is seeking licenses for on premises consumption and a license for selling beer in growlers. The license for growlers is under review by the city’s attorney.

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“Under a recently adopted state law, brewpubs are allowed to sell a limited amount of beer brewed on site in containers commonly referred to as growlers,” a memo from Assistant City Manager Lyn Menne says. “We have not amended our local ordinances to create this type of ordinance. We talked with the city attorney earlier this year about the changes but our only brewpub at the time, Twain’s, said they had no interest in selling growlers so we chose not to pursue it. We need to confirm with the applicant if they intend to sell growlers of their own product or if they plan to sell bottled and canned beer in original package. Once we have a confirmed their intent, we need to talk with the city attorney to see if
an ordinance change is required.”

In June the pub’s owner, Daniel McKinney, said the business was in the permitting stage and construction would begin soon. The brewpub will be located at the former Mulligans bar on East Lake Drive.

McKinney told Decaturish in December that he’s been in the restaurant business for 17 years and an owner for six years. He has worked primarily in San Francisco but moved back to the South in December of last year. He specializes in Southern food, and has a cooking background in French and Spanish food.

He says the restaurant will have 24 taps. Half will be in-house brews and the other half will be local craft beers. He says his business will brew mainstays like stouts, IPA’s and Kölsch-style beers.He’s hired Chuck Duffney, who worked at Orpheus Brewing, as his brew master. He’s also hired design firm ai3, the company behind restaurants like Gunshow and Holeman & Finch.

The commission’s Nov. 7 meeting will be held at City Hall, located at 509 North McDonough Street. All meetings are open to the public.

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