The Floyd County Board of Supervisors has asked to hear objections and comments about the "proposed" Floyd brewery at the August 12th (8:30 AM) board meeting. See Meeting Agenda. Ironically, this is just a day before the Virginia ABC Hearing scheduled for the 13th of August in Roanoke.
[Owners Brett] Nichols and [Ray] Jones told me they are surprised the Board of Supervisors placed the issue on its agenda. Neither of the owners has been contacted by the Board or the County Administration to respond to questions or address concerns over the new microbrewery.
Nichols and Jones found out about the addition to the Board’s agenda by visiting the Floyd County website. According to BJN Brewworks, the company was not notified about the Board meeting by the County Administration.
Wouldn't it make sense to actually notify the business in question about the call for comments? Reminds me of Dean Wormer's line from Animal House. I wonder if the folks expressing objections were notified?
Operating a brewpub is a highly regulated, and entirely legal business in Virginia. Floyd County has a number of wineries already in operation that generate a lot of tourism interest for the area. One has to wonder why the neo-prohibitionists are suddenly up in arms over this brewery.
After reading this report from Doug Thompson of the visit he received from one of the Baptist "ministers" I don't think even the "ministers" themselves know why they oppose the brewery:
Hi, did you know there is an effort to start a brew pub that will brew and serve beer?
Isn't that what they do at brew pubs?
Yes, but we don't think brew pubs belong in Floyd County.
Because drinking is a sin.
It is? Didn't Christ serve wine to his disciples?
That's not the point. We don't need a brew pub in Floyd County.
Again, I ask: Why not?
Because it will corrupt our children.
Last time I checked, the minimum age for drinking in the Commonwealth of Virginia is 21. There are a several places in Floyd County that sell and serve beer, wine and -- in one case -- mixed drinks. Seems like the kids have survived that.
Well, we want it stopped.
You came to the wrong house for support. Don't come back or I'll call the sheriff and charge you with trespassing. Good day.
Good for you Mr. Thompson. I encourage my readers to see Mr. Thompson's full response here. Unless folks take a stand against these people who want to have their own personal interpretation of law, be it man-made or biblical law, they will continue to operate and grow. Don't ever think that history can't repeat itself. Even successful campaigns start small.