The owners of 16 Mile Brewery have asked Georgetown Town Council to amend their conditional use permit to extend the hours of production and public tours, as well as increase in the number of permissible employees.
They also want to change some wording that regulates the odors produced by the three-year-old brewery on South Bedford Street.
Brett McCrea, co-owner of 16 Mile, first presented the company’s request to Town Council on May 23.
At that meeting, several residents of Park Avenue raised concerns, particularly regarding the request to change the wording that bars the brewery from the “direct release of noxious or offensive odors” to include only “harmful” odors.
The brewery request was due for a vote June 13, but Town Council voted unanimously to postpone a final decision so council members could tour the facility, talk with residents in the surrounding area and investigate whether people who live near the larger Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton have experienced any odor issues.
During that meeting, McCrea and Campbell said they are seeking the odor rule changes to protect their business from the subjective nature of the current language.
“I think it’s a question of which adjective is appropriate,” Campbell told council. “When we boil barley, wheat and hops, it’s going to produce some sort of smell, but I don’t know of anything that’s noxious in that situation. As for offensive, some people think roses smell good, while others don’t.”
Councilwoman Linda Dennis said she also would like the owners of 16 Mile to prepare a growth plan for their business, so council can better anticipate their future needs.
“You started as a brewery and now you’re branching out to become an entertainment venue, as well,” she said, referring to the brewery’s on-site tours and plans to host private events. “It would be helpful to us and the public if we could get an understanding of what you are and get away from some of the mystery.”
Having toured the brewery and talked to neighboring residents during the past two weeks, Georgetown Town Council is now slated to vote on 16 Mile’s request at its 7 p.m. meeting Wednesday. Check www.sussexcountian.com on Thursday to learn the final result.