Little Elm, TX
Opening a microbrewery, micro-distillery or winery could soon get easier in Dallas
By ROY APPLETON
Published: 03 May 2012 09:56 PM
Long gone are Dallas Brewery, Schepps Brewery and Dallas-Fort Worth Brewing Co., with its signature Bluebonnet Beer.
After a long dry spell, commercial beer production is on a comeback of sorts in Dallas, with two start-up craft-brewing operations and a third on the way.
And changes in the works at City Hall could draw others into the business.
Proposed amendments to the Development Code would make it easier and less costly to open a brewery, distillery or winery.
The current code allows such businesses only in industrial areas after they receive a specific-use permit, which takes time and money.
But a proposal endorsed unanimously Thursday by the City Plan Commission would let microbreweries, micro-distilleries and wineries operate in industrial areas by right — and in other nonresidential areas with use permits. The manufacturers would have to follow state and city laws governing alcohol production, sales and consumption and could have no more than 10,000 square feet of floor space.
“We hope this brings some excitement and opportunities for tastings to Dallas,” said Commissioner Sally Wolfish.
The matter now goes to the City Council for a final call.
The new standards are being pursued at the request of Four Corners Brewing Co., which paid the city a $1,200 fee to start a review of the code as it relates to microbreweries.
The company hopes to open the city’s third brewery by Labor Day in West Dallas near the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.
It would join Deep Ellum Brewing Co. and Peticolas Brewing Co., already drawing positive reviews around town. Lakewood Brewing Co. is preparing to open in Garland.