timberland london Council to consider distillery ordinance
FLORENCE The City Council could pave the way for distilleries in parts of the city zoned for certain business activities.
Tonight’s agenda includes an amendment of the city code to allow distilleries to operate in areas zoned B 2 general business, B 3 central business district, H 1 harbor district, SD Sweetwater district, and I 1 light industrial, which covers most commercial and light industrial areas.
The council tweaked alcoholic beverage ordinances late last year in anticipation of the changes. The municipal code was amended several years ago to permit craft breweries, but it did not provide for distilleries.
City officials were approached last year by Timm Glass, who said he is buying a distillery in south Alabama with plans for moving it to Florence. He said at the time he was putting together the financing to buy High Ridge Spirits.
A building is being prepared to house the distillery,
Glass said, and various licenses are being approved.
He said High Ridge Spirits made gin, 27 Springs, that had been sold in state liquor stores. It was the first Alabama distillery after prohibition was repealed by Congress in 1933, he said.
State law, which is reflected in the city code, allows small distilleries to sell up to 750 milliliters of distilled spirits to individuals, and to hold tastings at the facilities,
similar to wineries.