The Michigan Brewing Company is one step closer to serving customers a cold one.
Michigan's Liquor Control Commission requested that the lease from the Fenton Downtown Development Authority specify a small wine-making and distillery operation are allowed in the building in addition to the brewery, the Fenton Press reported Tuesday.
The article stated the changes had to be before the LCC will issue the license.
Fenton Patch reported that the Michigan Brewing Company has an agreement with the Fenton Downtown Development Authority (DDA), to open a restaurant and pub at the old fire hall at 201 S. LeRoy St., by July 2012. Its microbrewery license allows it to produce up to 30,000 gallons of beer annually, and the small wine maker license allows for the production of up to 50,000 gallons of wine. The small distiller license includes the manufacture of brandy, and means the company cannot exceed 60,000 gallons annually of all brands combined.
Bobby Mason, president of Michigan Brewing Company, had told Fenton Patch the Fenton Fire Hall Brewery will not produce drinks for wholesale. The location will have stainless steel equipment and copper tanks for its small-scale brewing operation. In addition, they plan to restrict brewing to four days per week Wednesdays through Saturdays, with none on Sundays.
In June, Mason said the brewery would create a Fenton trademark beer.