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Portland reverses decision on prepackaged food at breweries

2/5/2016

Portland city officials have reversed a previous decision that prevented breweries in the city located in industrial zones from selling prepackaged food at their tasting rooms.
It’s a move that will make some of the most well-known craft breweries in the state quite happy — including Allagash Brewing Co. — which was in the process of appealing a Nov. 3 zoning administrator’s decision preventing the company from selling locally produced snacks, according to The Portland Press Herald.
Now, the city has said it will be looking at creating a new license for wineries, breweries and distilleries. As it stands now, the only requirement for these businesses is a state-level license to manufacture and sell samples of their products, as opposed to more traditional bars and restaurants that require additional licenses from the city.
The proposed license would cost $500, while additional fees on restaurants and bars would range from $702 for a nonprofit liquor license to as high as $2,642 for a Class A lounge license.
City officials say that the difference in cost is due to breweries, distilleries and wineries not preparing food onsite.
Depending on the scale of production, the state licensing fees for breweries, distilleries and wineries range from $50 to $1,000 yearly.