Hutchinson Breweries/Taprooms 27 Aug 14

Now that the City of Hutchinson has passed an ordinance allowing breweries, taprooms, and brew pubs, city officials are continuing their efforts to “fine-tune” where they will be allowed and how much licensing fees should be.

The City Council last night (Tuesday) approved the first reading of a resolution amending the city’s zoning ordinance to establish micro-breweries and tap rooms as conditional uses within commercial and industrial zoning districts. The second reading and adoption of that resolution is set for the council’s September 9th meeting.

The council is also moving forward on establishing licensing fees for brewers and taprooms.

Council members received feedback from three Minnesota cities on how much they charge. Brooklyn Center charges $600 for taprooms and $200 for off-sale brewers. Minnetonka charges $600 for taprooms and $380 for off-sale brewers. Victoria charges $1,650 for taprooms and $310 or off-sale brewers.

Interim City Administrator Marc Sebora told the council the license fee is intended to cover the costs of issuing and inspecting and other directly related costs of enforcement.

Councilor Gary Forcier suggested drafting a resolution setting the fees at $600 for taprooms and $300 for off-sale brewers.

The council agreed and the proposed fees will be brought back at the council’s next meeting, September 9th, for final approval.