The Roseville City Council on Monday night set a new fee for the category of on-sale brewery taproom license, a move that greatly pleased the co-owner of the city's first micro-brewery.
The new annual fee: $750, far less than the $7,200 that the micro-brewer, Pour Decisions Brewing Co., would have had to pay for an annual full-week restaurant liquor license.
In a comment posted with Roseville Patch, Pour Decisions co-owner Kristen England said, "Last night, the Roseville City Council took it upon themselves at the council meeting to create a brewery taproom fee that is absolutely reasonable which kept us from having to go back before them!
"This will allow us to open the taproom for proper pint sales in time for the Xmas holidays!," England said. "We want to thank them and let them know we are absolutely proud to be a Roseville business!! Cheers."
The council's action came after England told Roseville Patch last week that the brewery taproom license fee required by the city of Roseville—$7,200 per year for a full-week license—was too high to afford.
The brewery has been selling bottles from its 1744 Terrace Drive location since late October, and in July the Roseville Council granted Pour Decisions a special “taproom liquor license” to allow it to sell beer without selling food from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
England said last week that the brewery will likely open its 22-seat taproom from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, but that a full-restaurant liquor license is unaffordable for the reduced hours (and revenues) of a small brewery. Click on to this link to see Patch's story from last week.
Chris Miller, Roseville finance director, said today (Tuesday) the Council decided on a 4-0 vote that a lower fee for Pour Decisions was justified due to its limited operations and hours.
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