January 14, 2019

East Hartford adds brewery, brewpub zones

PHOTO | MorgueFile.com
PHOTO | MorgueFile.com

East Hartford officials have approved new zoning laws that allow breweries and brewpubs in both commercial and industrial zones.

The town's Planning and Zoning Commission last week voted 6-0 to add definitions for "brewery" and "brewpub" and revise certain sections of zoning rules to add them as a special permit use in those districts, according to meeting minutes.

There were no public comments prior to the commission's vote last week, the minutes said.

The new zoning amendment will be effective later this month.

Under the new definitions, breweries are defined as places where beer is manufactured or sold in sealed containers and brewpubs are venues where producers manufacture and sell beer for on-site consumption.

East Hartford's pro-brewery zoning laws follow in the footsteps of many cities and towns that have accepted similar amendments over the last decade.

Connecticut's brewery market has grown steadily in recent years into a $745.7 million industry in 2017, according to the Brewers Association.

There are more than 80 operating breweries in Connecticut and over 30 in the planning stages, the Brewers Association said.

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