After residents learned a methadone clinic was going into a residential neighborhood in Pasadena, an uproar quickly quashed the proposal.
Now, the council member representing the area wants to find a way to limit where such facilities go — by changing the law.
Councilman Derek Fink, R-Pasadena, introduced a measure Tuesday that aims to limit how close such clinics can be to neighborhoods. If passed, the bill would set conditions on existing zoning classifications.
The bill, introduced at the council’s biweekly meeting in Annapolis, would ban a state-licensed drug treatment center from being less than 1,000 feet from a home, public park, school or religious facility.
Such facilities would be accessible mostly by well-traveled or “arterial” roads and would have to post “no loitering” signs in all their parking areas.
Fink said last week he did not intend to keep methadone clinics out of the county, but that the legislation was an attempt to limit where they can go — namely, to keep them out of residential areas. The council will hold a public hearing on the bill March 16.
The measure stemmed from a now-defunct proposal to put a methadone clinic in a shopping area on Hog Neck Road in Pasadena. The plan was scrapped after neighbors complained about the location’s proximity to residences and to a school bus stop.
Methadone is a treatment for addiction to opioids, including heroin and narcotic painkillers. There are more than 2,500 people getting methadone treatment at five clinics in the county, with more on a waiting list. Licenses for such facilities are issued by the state.
The bill comes just after County Executive Steve Schuh declared heroin a public health emergency — setting up a countywide task force to work on combatting the problem by stepping up enforcement and expanding treatment and education.
Noel Smith, who had been planning the Pasadena clinic, canceled his plans the day after the Schuh administration issued a stop-work order on the building, saying Smith did not have the proper permits to make improvements.
County officials and a local real estate agent said they have been helping Smith find another location.
Councilmen Pete Smith, D-Severn, John Grasso, R-Glen Burnie, and Michael Peroutka, R-Millersville, are co-sponsoring Fink’s bill.
Smith said the legislation strikes a balance between citizen concerns and providing treatment for drug addicts. He said existing clinics in his own north county district would be grandfathered in.
In other action Tuesday, the council unanimously passed a bill to modify stormwater fees on residential properties zoned as commercial.
The measure was put forward because some Odenton residents are paying the stormwater fees for commercial properties due to their proximity to development.
The council also unanimously approved a bill that would allow production breweries in Anne Arundel County. The measure would change zoning laws to allow such businesses to operate in more areas.
Some residents took issue with a provision that would allow farm breweries, saying that might open south county to large events not suitable for a rural area.
Mike Lofton of Harwood urged the council to change the zoning classification to a special exception, not a condition, so there would be public input on allowing such events.
If the county code and subsequent state licenses allowed events like beer festivals, Lofton said, it would be “very difficult to rein it in.”
Councilman Chris Trumbauer, D-Annapolis, said he would work on follow-up legislation to address that concern.
Supporters said the measure would promote economic development. Chuck Soja, who hopes to open the county’s first microbrewery, told the council that “people want to support the little guy.”
Soja said he intended to make beer “brewed by locals… for the locals.”
Music festivals are likely crowding your spring and summer calendars already, but here’s another save date: Untapped music and beer festival returns to Fort Worth’s Panther Island Pavilion on May 9 with more than 250 brews and a mixed bag of performers.
Hip-hop trio De La Soul, indie pop personality Ariel Pink and metal heads The Sword are among the biggest names on the bill. Big Data, The Lone Bellow, Knox Hamilton, Greylag, Telegraph Canyon, and Doug Burr will also play.
May marks the third Untapped held in Fort Worth since the festival’s founding in 2012, and organizers promise more beer than previous years — north of 70 breweries serving samples on-site. Corey Pond, festival organizer and owner of The Common Table, said in Tuesday’s media release the growth the festival mirrors the growth of North Texas’ beer scene.
“At the first edition of the festival in Fort Worth, we featured local breweries in Rahr and Martin House,” he said. “By the end of 2015, DFW will be home to over 40 breweries, many of them residing in Fort Worth. Accordingly, this year in Fort Worth we will have more local and national breweries and beers than ever before.”
The list of brewery participants will be available in a few weeks and the beer list will follow, Pond said. Festival food vendors are also TBA.
Untapped, which is now owned in part by The Dallas Morning News, announced last month inaugural festivals in Austin (April 18) and San Antonio (TBA), as well as return dates to Dallas (November 7) and Houston (September 12).
Tickets to Untapped Fort Worth are currently on sale in three tiers — concert only ($32 regularly, $25 pre-sale), concert + beer experience ($39, regularly, $32 pre-sale) and VIP ($65 regularly, $60 pre-sale). VIP tickets include early entry to the festival, and access to a side stage viewing area.
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More than 90 beer-centric events will hit Saratoga for the city’s annual beer week, which kicks off today.
A.J. Bodden, executive producer of America on Tap, a division of Townsquare Media that produces beer festivals across the country, started the event four years ago.
Saratoga Beer Week was the event that gave Bodden the break into the national event business. He ran the first Saratoga beer week after two years of producing summer and fall beer events at an Albany area farm. Saratoga Springs city leaders asked him to create an event during the winter months.
Bodden and his business partner in Saratoga Festivals sold the company to Townsquare Media in 2013. Bodden is now organizing 80 festivals in 2015.
The Saratoga Beer Week kicks off Tuesday night with a party at Olde Saratoga Brewing Company, spotlighting 15 New York breweries, and ends Saturday with the Saratoga beer summit at the city center that will feature 102 breweries. There are two sessions for the summit on Saturday with about 1,500 tickets each. The event has sold out in years past, Bodden says.
A new event this year is a cider night on Friday.
“The reason for this is that we’re seeing hard ciders starting a massive boom,” Bodden says. “The trend is going to b arguably more aggressive and similar to craft beer.”
All the events for beer week can be found here.
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WASHINGTON – The craft brewing business is booming in Virginia, with the number of breweries in the state nearly doubling between 2011 and 2014. But in the Middleburg area, beer making has remained relatively dormant – that is, until now.
Popular winery and pizza shop, Quattro Goomba’s, is expanding its operations to include beer with the addition of a 6,000 square-foot brewery, opening at the end of this month.
“We’re kind of isolated as far as beer goes in this area,” says the business’ head brewer Brandon Flanigin. “Other than Mt. Defiance [a Middleburg-based cidery], I guess we’re kind of the first ones to deviate from the wine-only idea around here.”
Jay DeCianno, who owns Quattro Goomba’s with his wife, Jody, and another couple (“Quattro Goombas” literally means “four pals” in Italian), says getting into the brewing business seemed like a natural next step for the winery, which opened in 2009. After all, their business is built on the idea of making everything and anything from scratch.
Jay first experimented with winemaking in 2005 when he made a barrel of a red blend in the basement of his home, using his grandfather’s secret recipe. What was intended to be a one-time project quickly turned into a small production business, and eventually a winery that overlooks the foothills of Virginia’s horse country.
“Literally in one year, one barrel turned into 200 cases. I think at that point, I started realizing behind the scenes that ‘Oh my gosh — this might be turning into more than just a hobby,’” says Jody DeCianno.
A few years after opening the winery, the DeCiannos added a pizza shop to the premises, where Jay serves up his homemade Sicilian-style pizzas. He even makes the baguettes on the tasting room menu from scratch.
So when long-time employee Flanigin expressed interest in brewing, Jay said, “Why not?”
“It just kind of fit with what we’re doing; it’s a craft thing,” Jay says.
The brewery, which will open only on Saturdays at first, will seat 100, both at the bar and on benches that were imported from Germany’s Bavarian beer festivals. Outdoor seating will also be available in the warmer months.
The sizable space is constructed from reclaimed metals and wood from a former barn on the property. Drafts will be listed on a giant chalkboard that hangs above the concrete-top bar.
Currently, Flanigin is working on a number of things he hopes to put on that board in a few short weeks, including a milk stout; a Belgian double, a rye imperial IPA, a saison with rye and wheat, a black IPA and an imperial brown ale.
“As we get closer, we’re going to have a better idea of what’s going to be ready [for the opening] and what’s not,” he says. “We’re coming up on spring and summer, so definitely a kolsch is coming and hopefully some experiments with some fruit, like a raspberry wheat, that type of thing.”
Flanigin is brewing on relatively small equipment for the size of the space, producing about 45 gallons of beer for each brew. He says eventually, he’d like to get some bigger equipment for the brewery to make about 300 gallons per brew.
And while the brewery is on the winery’s property, Jody says it will operate as a separate business, with its own designated area for customers. That’s not to say one can’t visit the brewery first and then walk next door for a wine tasting or a pizza.
The wine list at Quattro Goomba’s is a mix of Virginia, California and Chilean wines. The DeCiannos have 100 vines planted on the property, and grow three varieties of grapes on land just down the road. Twice a year, they have fruit shipped from both California and Chile.
And while there are a number of unique blends on the tasting list at Quattro Goomba’s, one of the more popular pours is that of Vino Di Nonni, which translates to “grandfather’s wine” – the DeCianno family recipe.
When warmer weather comes around, Jody says, it’s hard to resist the winery’s homemade frozen sangria, which they make in both red and white. The drink is mixed in an industrial-size frozen smoothie machine to achieve the ideal consistency.
“It’s like a 7-11 Slurpee for adults,” she says.
But until the region’s cold steak breaks, patrons at Quattro Goomba’s can warm up with a glass of wine by the fire in the tasting room of the log cabin, or with a pizza and a bottle of red in the wine production room. And on Saturdays, starting Feb. 28, a pint or two in the new brewery might be enough to shake the winter blues – at least for a few hours.
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Valentine’s Day is today, which means we’ve spent all week collecting heart-warming cards. Tons of people have reached out to us to tell us how much we mean to them. Our hearts were so touched, we decided to let everyone know about it.
Between cards from vaping companies and craft beer festivals, we got some love from some pretty surprising Miami sports celebrities. Apparently, they are really into us and want us to help spread just how much they love being a part of South Florida.
We took the courtesy of going ahead and opening a few of them so we could share them with you here. Maybe you can share them with others so everyone knows just how nice these guys are even when the camera isn’t turned on.
11. Hassan Whiteside
10. Joe Philbin
9. Chris Bosh
8. The Miami Dolphins
7. Pat Riley
6. Jeffrey Loria
DO YOU LOVE CRAFT BEER? THIS SUMMIT EMPEROR SHOWCASE WILL BE COMING TO SACRAMENTO IN SEPTEMBER. THOMAS CORMACK FROM THE BREWERS ASSOCIATION AND GLEN PHILLIPS JOINING US THIS MORNING TO TALK MORE ABOUT THIS BIG EVENT. THIS IS A BIG DEAL, GUYS. EXPLAIN TO PEOPLE MAYBE WHO AREN’T AS FROM A YEAR WITH CRAFT BEER WHY THIS IS SO SIGNIFICANT. THIS EVENT IS VERY DIFFERENT THAN REALLY ANY OTHER BEER EVENT IN THE COUNTRY. WE HAVE A LOT OF BEER FESTIVALS IN THE COUNTRY, PEOPLE GO IN SAMPLE THE DIFFERENT BEERS, BUT THIS EVENT IS MUCH MORE INVOLVED THAN THAT. IT IS AN EDUCATIONAL, HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE, MORE LIKE AN EXPOSITION OR CONFERENCE FOR ANYONE WHO HAS ANY INTEREST IN BEER AT ALL. THERE WILL BE EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS AND TALKS, THERE WILL BE ALL KINDS OF DEMONSTRATIONS. IT IS AN EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE FOR THE BEER ENTHUSIAST OR ANYBODY WHO IS INTERESTED IN BEER AT ALL. IT IS REALLY PUTTING SACRAMENTO ON THE MAP AGAIN. WE HAVE A RICH HISTORY IN BEER IN THE CITY, THE PUTTING US ON THE MAP AS A CONTEMPORARY LEADER OF A LOT OF THIS KIND OF WORK, RIGHT? AND THAT IS WHAT WE ARE EXCITED. THIS IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND EVENT IN THE COUNTRY, INVOLVING BEER, AND IT WILL BE RIGHT HERE IN SACRAMENTO. A GREAT PLACE TO HAVE IT. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. WE APPRECIATE THIS. THIS WILL ALL WORK IN WITH THE FARM TO FORK WEEK. PERFECT TIMING. MARKER CALENDARS NOW BECAUSE CALIFORNIA CRAFT BEER SUMMIT AND
‘Stand your ground’ argument rejected; Lexington teen to stand trial in Dutch Fork student’s death
Another local festival success story is ready to grow outside of Whistler.
With two years under its belt, the Whistler Village Beer Festival is expanding this summer with the Great Okanagan Beer Festival, set for May in Kelowna. A North Shore beer festival is also in the works for August but is still at the conceptual stage.
“There’s only so much we can do here in Whistler,” said Liam Peyton, manager for Gibbons Festival and Events, referring to Whistler’s increasingly busy year-round calendar of events.
The expansion news comes as another flagship Whistler event, Crankworx, sets to launch at its third location in Rotorua, New Zealand next month. This makes the iconic mountain-biking festival a calendar staple in Whistler, France, and now the southern hemisphere.
The Rotorua inaugural event has attracted the biggest names in the business, lured there to compete in the first event in a 2015 trifecta — the Crankworx World Tour. Rivalries will begin, champions unseated, records likely broken in New Zealand and the competition will continue in France with the final showdown in Whistler at the biggest mountain biking festival in the world in August.
“(The expansion) allows us to tell way better stories and have way better content, with all road focused on Whistler,” said Crankworx general manager Darren Kinnaird, who is preparing to head to Rotorua for the inaugural event with a team of 10 from Whistler.
Organizers there have paid Crankworx a licencing fee and in return Whistler will help with the event.
Having that renowned name brand on the banner makes all the difference said Kinnaird. That’s what has attracted the top names in the world.
“It gives credibility right off the bat,” he added.
While the name recognition isn’t the same for the beer festival, Whistler brings a model to Kelowna and a proven track record.
With approvals now in hand, Peyton and the team are set to host the biggest Special Occasion Licence for an Okanagan town, with the beer festival set to sell 2,500 tickets at the Waterfront Park.
It’s not a carbon copy of the highly successful Whistler festival, which saw 2,000 tickets sold the first year, 3,600 last year.
But, like Whistler, the Kelowna festival will have an educational component about craft beer and brewing and it will also see some of the profits funnelled back into the community. The winning beers will also be offered bar contracts as part of the prize.
For Joey Gibbons, who started the Gibbons offshoot organizations to hold events like the beer festival, it’s great to see the business model expand elsewhere.
“We did our first festival and it worked really well,” said Gibbons. “I think it worked really well because our community is able to facilitate these events.”
With beer festivals popping up everywhere these days, the Whistler Village Beer Festival is zeroing in on more than just the beer in its third year.
“(We want to) really focus on the experience,” said Peyton.
“A little less beer, a little less people but just make the entire experience world class.”
Just last week they learned that the municipality would invest $20,000 into the festival through its Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) funding.
That money will go toward “making the experience like no other beer festival in this neck of the woods,” said Peyton.
And while the main event at Whistler Olympic Plaza isn’t set to get much bigger, there are plans to expand the festival overall — stretching it out from Wednesday to Sunday with the idea that festivalgoers will stay longer, take part in the educational aspects of the festival, and explore other parts of the resort.
Ultimately the goal is to have a Cornucopia style event, explained Peyton, referring to Whistler’s 10-day wine and food festival in November.
As we’ve said before, barrel aged beers are getting more popular in the Upstate. On Friday the 13th, RJ Rockers of Spartanburg has something special with the release of its long-planned barrel-aged Black Perle Dark IPA.
This brew is potent at 9 percent alcohol, but after time in the barrels, it’s bound to be something even more special. The barrel-aged Perle will be sold by the pint, in growlers ($25) and there are also 200 22 ounce bottles ($13 each). This is a brewery-only event. Hours for the party are 5-7:30 p..m. and the Abbey Elmore Band plays alternative pop.
Rockers has more barrel beers to come, so keep your eye out for them.
Brew and bites
Beer goes well with any number of munchies. But around the Carolinas, Asheville’s Roots Hummus is becoming a preferred snack on the craft beer scene.
Roots has been regularly showing up at beer festivals in Greenville and Asheville and and is also making appearances at area breweries.
Roots has its own beer pint glasses. It calls itself the microbrew of hummus. And its location in the Asheville’s River Arts District is just across the water from the New Belgium Brewing construction site.
The beer connection is important to Roots, company CEO and founder Matt Parris said. “We started in 2014 to focus on those brewery relationships,” he saidd. Hummus pairs well with beer. Roots has 10 different hummus varieties and he can even match them up with particular beer styles.
For IPA drinkers, depending on the citrus and floral notes, try the Mango Sriracha, Roasted Garlic or Chipotle Roots. For a stout you might consider the Roasted Red Bell Pepper Roots. Or just mix and match whatever you like.
Like some of the local brews, Roots is getting distribution way outside of the Carolinas. You can buy it all over the Southeast, and as far away as New York and Los Angeles, Parris said.
Asheville beer news
Highland Brewing is celebrating Valentine’s Day by bringing back some of its 20th anniversary brews on Feb. 14 at the tasting room, 12 Old Charlotte Highway.
Burial Beer on Asheville’s South Slope has a two-day Mardi Gras celebration Feb. 15 and 17. On Tuesday, Mardi Gras proper, they’ll release Houtenhammer Wood Aged Imperial Stout and Oaked Aged Scythe Rye Ale.
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Last year’s Craft New York Brewers Festival.
A handful of beer events coming up:
February 21: Saratoga Beer Summit at Saratoga City Center
The annual cap to Saratoga Beer Week. Blurbage: “Sample over 200 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries. Plus hang out in an atmosphere filled with live music, delicious food available for purchase and great vendors.”
Tickets: $40 ahead / $50 at door
February 28: Snommegang Invitational Beer Festival in Oneonta
Brewery Ommegang partnered with America On Tap Beer Festivals. Blurbage: “In addition to Brewery Ommegang and our six brewing siblings, more than 30 breweries from across the United States will each pour at least two of their best offerings at the event. The beer tasting is accompanied by live music, food and activities – all within heated tents along Muller Plaza and surrounding businesses on Main Street.”
Tickets: $50 ahead / $55 day of
March 7: Craft New York Brewers Festival at The Desmond
This is the second year for the event. Blurbage: “The Craft New York Brewers Festival will bring together 40 New York Breweries (and brewers) from every region of the state featuring up to 90+ hard to find and award winning beers. To make this very special event more exclusive, we will feature food sampling and pairing from local Albany restaurants and food vendors to go along with each brewery attending at no extra cost!”
Tickets: $40 ahead / $50 day of / VIP ahead $65 / VIP day of $75 / designated drivers $15
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