First we heard about Gladstone Brewing (which we forgot to share with you, sorry) who are trying to open later this year, around the time Category 12 and Loghouse are hoping to open. Now we have another brewery looking to server the Comox Valley and beyond.
Another new craft brewery is popping up in Courtenay.
Forbidden Brew Corporation currently has an application to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch for a brewery lounge endorsement to be located at 1590 Cliffe Avenue near the Westerly Hotel and Convention Centre.
Before it can endorse it, the LCLB requires Courtenay council to provide a resolution that must include input from nearby residents and businesses that may be affected by the development.
This is the second lounge endorsement application the City of Courtenay has received in recent months. A couple of weeks ago, city council delayed decision on Gladstone Brewery Company’s application to allow the owners to find an adequate means of providing food to their patrons. The proponents wanted to use a food truck but a city bylaw does not allow food trucks to be stationed at one location for long periods of time.
Forbidden Brew, which the owners said would complement the Flying Canoe outlet, plans to create a lounge area within the brewery, with a seating capacity of 30 people. It plans to operate from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.
It doesn’t have any plans for any outdoor patio or entertainment involving loud music. The addition of a lounge area, the owners say, will not have additional noise impact to residents and businesses nearby.
Craft brewing is surging in popularity in the beer industry. Its success can be seen in the City of Victoria, which now has one of the largest number of breweries per capita in BC. They are a boon to tourism and to local economies because they provide jobs and also a novel entertainment venue.
The proponents of Forbidden Brew have indicated that their addition to the business community will enhance the already established food and beverage offering in the Comox Valley for both tourists and local residents.
The brewery aims to fulfill the desire of the beer community with local fresh beer and cites the importance of the lounge endorsement to their success as it will offer a place for local craft beer enthusiasts to gather and sample, socialize and enjoy.
Council endorsed the staff recommendation that notice be published in a local newspaper for two weeks and also at the city’s website calling for input on the proposed brewery lounge. Once council receives the public’s views that must be forwarded to the LCLB, a resolution will be considered at the regular meeting scheduled for Oct. 6, 2014. – See more at: http://www.comoxvalleyecho.com/news/local/forbidden-brew-seeks-permission-for-lounge-endorsement-1.1364267#sthash.tVFtzqRH.dpuf