Bartender Hayley Smalley pours a beer at Glover Park Brewery in Marietta. (Credit: Chris Hunt Photography)
Photo: Chris Hunt Photography
Photo: Chris Hunt Photography

Dunwoody officials discuss allowing breweries, distilleries

Correction: A previous version of this story stated that Dunwoody City Council passed the ordinance allowing breweries. The ordinance was pulled from the agenda and deferred until the next meeting on March 9. 

Breweries, microbreweries and liquor distilleries may soon be able to open shop in Dunwoody.

The City Council on Monday discussed ordinances that would allow for the businesses in certain commercial areas of the northern DeKalb County city, and create an “entertainment district” around Dunwoody Village.

Both items were ultimately deferred until the next council meeting.

Currently, the city code only allows for brewpubs that must also serve food. The new ordinance, which would go into effect immediately, OKs microbreweries that produce less than 15,000 barrels of beer annually and are less than 15,000 square feet. A barrel is 31.5 gallons.

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Larger breweries can be also considered after applying for special permits with the city.

“Microbreweries and breweries have seen a sharp rise in popularity throughout metropolitan Atlanta,” city staff wrote in a memo to council members.

The ordinance states that allowing breweries in the suburb would “foster an atmosphere of flexibility and progress in the city of Dunwoody.”

Also on Monday, the City Council deferred an ordinance that would create an “entertainment district” in Dunwoody Village, allowing patrons to leave bars and restaurants in Dunwoody Village with alcoholic drinks in hand. The officials wanted to clarify whether people would be allowed to carry a drink into another Dunwoody Village business that does not serve alcohol.

Both measures could be considered again at the next council meeting on March 9.

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