Kristi Tanner (left) and Avery Le enjoy a beer at the rooftop bar at New Realm Brewing in Atlanta last June.

Dunwoody approves breweries, open container district

Breweries, microbreweries and liquor distilleries are now allowed in Dunwoody, while visitors to Dunwoody Village are able to carry an alcoholic drink outside.

The City Council on Monday passed two ordinances OK’ing the breweries and an open container “entertainment district.”

Previously, the city code only allowed for brewpubs, which must serve food. The new ordinance, which goes into effect immediately, allows 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. 

Microbreweries, distilleries and wine specialty shops can open in certain commercial areas of the northern DeKalb County city. Larger breweries can also be considered after applying for special permits with the city.

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A new office building at 1224 Hammond Drive in Perimeter Center is currently completing construction and plans to open a new Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant on the ground floor this summer.

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

The open container district is around Dunwoody Village, a restaurant and retail hub about 2 miles north of I-285 that is popular among residents.

It allows patrons to leave bars and restaurants in Dunwoody Village with alcoholic drinks in hand. Before someone leaves, businesses will have to pour the drink into a clear plastic cup with a sticker designating that it is OK to have outdoors.

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