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Home brew may be possible in Shelbyville soon

Friday, June 28, 2013

Jack Daniel and George Dickel could get some local competition, thanks to a new state law going into effect next week.

A resolution will be presented to Shelbyville's city council next Tuesday that would permit microdistilleries to operate within the city.

A bill passed at the end of the Tennessee General Assembly 2013 session amends state law -- making the manufacture of intoxicating liquors, drinks, including high-alcohol content beer, or both, lawful.

Requirements

According to the University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service, making the spirits would be legal in a city or town that approved its manufacture via a public referendum, or that already allows both retail package sales or consumption on the premises

It would also be legal to make it at a "premier tourist resort location" where alcohol is sold for on premises consumption, Towns with a population less than 1,000 can also have a microdistillary set up provided that the jurisdiction allows package sales and drinking on the premises.

A city that is included in a "Tennessee River Resort District" that is below a population of 1,000 can also have a manufacturer, as long as package sales are allowed.

Option to ban

However, any town that wishes to prohibit the manufacture of alcohol can do that through a resolution, which would remove the application of the amended law.

To bar the booze making, the resolution would have to be passed before a person filed an official notice with the city that they were going to "pursue all legal avenues to manufacture alcohol within the city limits."

Since no notice can be filed before 45 days after the bill becomes law on July 1, the earliest someone could file a notice would be Aug. 14.

The council meets at the courtroom in the Shelbyville police department on Tuesday starting at 6 p.m.