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"We don't have customers who don't come in to binge drink. They'll have one or two good craft beers and they'll call it a night," Oder said.
The ordinance would also create a wine tasting license for wine only stores, allowing tastings "on limited occasions when a customer requests a sample of a wine."
Moondog has seen success at its flagship location on Whitlock Avenue, which Nike Air Max 70
Councilman Stuart Fleming agreed it's important to have business friendly ordinances.
Samples are vital to the store's ability to introduce customers to new beers, Oder said.
A craft beer novice may taste "with their eyes," he said, and misjudge the flavor of one of the store's 30 beers, passing up one they may have liked or selecting a drink they don't enjoy. Oder said his store exists overwhelmingly for beer drinkers who aren't well versed in craft beer.
Changes are brewing Updates to city s alcohol ordinance on tap for May 14 council meeting
"We need to get in with the times," Walker said.
The city has lagged behind others in metro Atlanta, Chalfant said, and needs to adapt.
"We really needed to revamp the ordinance to take care of the craft beer industry and growlers," Chalfant said.
The updated code adds a section specifically concerning growler retailers and inserts a provision allowing the stores to offer beer samples.
MARIETTA City officials are trying to bring Marietta's alcohol ordinance up to speed with a growing craft beer industry.
Councilman Johnny Walker was approached by the owners of Schoolhouse Rock Beer and Brewing, a business that teaches classes in home brewing, who wanted to be able to offer samples to students. The company, located at 800 Whitlock Ave., would Air Max Shoes Red have that ability under the new ordinance.
Because Moondog has operated under Marietta's package store ordinance, it has not been able to offer samples.
It's a different kind of drinking, Oder said, adding his customers "drink for enjoyment, not for effect."
Councilman Grif Chalfant said he was also approached by several different business owners in the craft brew market who asked him about updating the city's ordinance.
"If I introduce you to a craft beer and I was trying to tell you that it's 'hoppy' or 'malty' and you don't know what that term means, samples will answer that for you," Oder said.
"I'm pleased that Marietta is updating it ordinance to align with what's going on in the marketplaces today," Fleming said.
Proposed changes to the city alcohol code include adding a section specifically for brew pubs, which are restaurants that make half their money from food sales and brew beer on site. Brew pubs can manufacture up to 5,000 barrels per year. No brew pubs operate now in Marietta.
Other changes address offering beer and wine samples.
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Moondog offers 2 pint and 4 pint growlers that have a refrigerated shelf life of between seven and 10 days unopened and 36 hours after opening.
The booming popularity of craft brews, brew pubs and new kinds of package stores has left local governments playing catch up to make their alcohol codes accommodating to the growing business. May 14 at City Hall, 205 Lawrence St.
Oder has since opened two other stores in Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, but he says Marietta is the last of the three cities to revise its alcohol ordinance to accommodate growlers.
for a younger clientele," Chalfant said. "It didn't come from one direction or one person."
Growler retailers would be able to offer three 1.5 ounce samples from its taps to customers per day under the proposed ordinance.
"It's knowledge," Oder said. "We have opened our business and built our business around teaching people about beer as much as we sell beer."
Growlers are reusable glass jugs that are filled with draft beer for off site consumption. They are sealed in the store, allowing customers to take fresh draft beer home.
opened in February 2012.
Growlers at 688 Whitlock Ave.
Walker said he hopes the code change, if adopted, allows other similar businesses to open.
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