Mar 23, 2016

Not a happy hour as beer, chips spill onto Florida highway

MELBOURNE, Fla. – It wasn’t a happy hour for some central Florida drivers when trucks carrying Busch beer and Frito Lay chips collided, spilling them both along Interstate 95. The […]

May 15, 2014

Taproom zoning-change trend expands: This one’s on Mint Hill

MINT HILL – Beer-lovers can buy pint-sized samples of the product being made on-premises if the town of Mint Hill approves a zoning ordinance change allowing breweries in light industrial […]

Jan 9, 2014

Craft brewers added $34 billion to U.S. economy in 2012

It’s no secret that Americans are fond of their drink, but new research indicates that suds-swilling Yankees are growing increasingly fond of independent booze. Small and independent craft breweries in […]

Jun 25, 2013

Brew Urbanism

When Todd Ford opened his brewery, Charlotte’s zoning ordinance restricted him to the fringes of the city’s business corridors, the industrial districts. Since breweries were thrown into the industrial category, Ford couldn’t set up shop as he pleased, but had to settle for what the city allowed. He found space in an industrial building on North Davidson Street, about a mile from the heart o[...]

Jun 24, 2013

The Unknown Brewing Co. breaking ground Saturday

SOUTH END –Less than two weeks after the Charlotte City Council approved an amendment that would allow breweries in more urban areas, a local brewer is starting work to open […]

Mar 26, 2013

New rules on tap: Charlotte loosens restrictions on breweries

Breweries seeking a home in Charlotte will now get an opportunity to expand to new locations, and breweries looking to move to Charlotte will have an easier time of it, thanks to a text amendment to the zoning ordinance approved by the Charlotte City Council on Monday.

Feb 19, 2013

On the Level: Bridget Dixon is drafting zoning policy for Charlotte beer-makers

It was 10:30 a.m. in a cubicle on the eighth floor of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. So there was no beer. About 50 people work in the Charlotte planning department, but we specifically wanted to talk to the beer-lady: Bridget Dixon. We wanted to know why she worked for the department from 2003 to 2006, left, and then came back. And we wanted to talk about beer. Good beer.

Feb 1, 2013

Trouble brewing: Charlotte beer-makers say zoning holds back untapped market

"I had to fight for two months with the zoning people before they would even let me open my doors," Hogan said. "And, even then, I'm still not allowed to distribute."

Nov 5, 2012

Using beer to explain the tax system

Several weeks ago, I was one of six panelists at a collegial meeting with some very serious small-business owners in Dallas to share my views and to answer and discuss questions on the economy.

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