Thursday, January 8, 2009

Shooting Creek Brewery & Neighbors Reach 'Friendly' Agreement

Last month we heard that an agreement between Shooting Creek Brewery and its neighbors would finally allow the brewery to begin operation. Today, some details of that agreement were reported in the Floyd Press:
“This matter has been resolved among neighbors which is the way it should be handled,” [Floyd Attorney Jonathan] Rogers said, speaking for the Lacostes. “Both sides are happy and there is no lingering bitterness from the dispute.”

Under terms of the agreement, the microbrewery can hold up to 20 “tastings” a month at their location as long as it is limited to “friends and/or relations.” There are no limits on the brewery’s right to sell and ship their product to individuals through phone or Internet sales. The brewery also will not advertise its location on Thomas Farm Road or promote itself as open to the general public for “tastings, tours, events, on premise consumption, or person to person retail transactions except as permitted by (the) agreement.”

The agreement is described as "amicable" and the opposition parties have agreed to not oppose any further ABC licenses or permits for the brewery. That's good news. After all, we're all friends right?

See the complete Floyd Press piece here.


  1. Forgive my ire here, but don't Christians have anything bigger and better to worry about than the opening of a microbrewery which will, hopefully, create a few jobs (always nice at times like this) as well as, again hopefully, create a product which is enjoyed by many people?

    This kind of thinking reminds me of the malignant influence of the Free Church of Scotland on the Isle of Lewis back home - a smallish church whose influence require all manner of ridiculous infringements on people's lives, such as chaining swings on a Sunday, or the closing of pubs when it is communion season.

    But of course the proliferation of breweries is a bigger threat to civilization than the proliferation of nuclear weapons; the destruction of the planet we are called to care for; the relentless slaughter of innocents in Palestine, Sudan and various other places.

    Some people have their priorities unside down and their heads stuck thoroughly in the sand.

    rant over.

  2. Al, I've ranted enough about the folks fighting the brewery that the feelings of THIS Christian are well-known. However, you can't make generalizations about Christians based on the actions of these people. No more than you could about the actions of any group based on a few, but very vocal members. (For some doing so is unacceptable if it's against any group OTHER than Christians.) I actually don't consider these people to be following Christian teachings anyway. But, we shouldn't generalize.

    rant over :-)

  3. David,

    I would have to agree with you concerning people such as those involved in this little spat - it is largely because of people like them that I left the Evangelical world and became an Episcopalian, but this is no place for theology.

    I have met wonderful Christians from across the theological spectrum, and really if there is one thing that bugs my head more than anything is that the overly vocal minority really make the rest of the Christian world look bad.


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