Growler samples need 2 more public hearings to begin in Forsyth County



FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — For growler tastings to begin in the county, two additional public hearings will have to take place.

At their April 4 regular meeting, Forsyth County Board asked to add language to allow growler shops to use whichever containers they choose— meaning plastic, aluminum or glass. Because of the change to the language, two additional public hearings will have to be held.

According to County Attorney Ken Jarrard, the tastings will be held at a separate room, completely inaccessible from the remainder of the licensed outlet premises.

Growler tastings will be limited to two-once pours per glass and no more than eight-ounces will be served per person, per day.

“I think the expectation is that it would be given away by way of true samples,” Jarrard said. “This should not be a surrogate to consumption of alcohol on premises license.”

The county has recently done something similar to accommodate wine samples.

Alpharetta, Roswell and Sandy Springs allow up to three one ounce samples, which has put Forsyth County-based growler businesses at a disadvantage.

Andre Airich, owner of Crafty Draught, asked if the change will mean he needs to get new permits for a separate room.

“It wouldn’t be a separate license, it would be a separate room,” Jarrard told Airich.

Airich asked whether a 14 percent alcohol beer would be the equivalent to the ounces poured.

“We’re basically giving half a beer to anyone who walks into our store,” Airich said.

Commissioner Todd Levent said the business will have to serve with discretion.

“You don’t have to give two ounces,” Levent said. “Just no more than two-ounces and no more than two-ounces four times in a whole day.”

The issue will return to the board for a first hearing on May 2.

Also at the meeting, a second reading of proposed modifications to the Forsyth County Unified Development Code (UDC) regarding the rezoning application process and vested rights. After the public hearing, the item was moved to the April 9 work session for further discussion.

Consideration of proposed amendments to the Forsyth County Pawnbrokers and Pawn Shop will be heard at a public hearing May 2. Some of the changes will include surveillance video being kept by the pawn shop brokers for 12 days instead of 30.

In other business:

Forsyth County Commissioners unanimously approved:

  • Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office to apply for the State of Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety’s 2014 Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (HEAT) Grant in an amount not to exceed $69,800 with a required match not to exceed $104,600.
  • Accepted a North Georgia Pipeline bid in the amount of $275,105 for the Three Chimneys Pump Station Phase Out.
  •  Approved to change the county’s cellular provider from AT&T to Verizon Wireless.
  • Advertising for an experienced tennis management firm to operate, manage and maintain a tennis program at Fowler Park.

Alcohol licenses were issued to:

  • Pizza Hut, 670 Atlanta Highway in Cumming.
  • Sam’s Mart No.502, at 1520 Peachtree Parkway in Cumming.
  • Sam’s Mart No. 503, at 6045 Atlanta Highway in Alpharetta.
  • Silk Road Asian Kitchen, 872 Buford Highway in Cumming.

This article was published in the Forsyth Herald April 10, 2013 edition

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