Microbreweries may soon be popping up in Middletown as a proactive ordinance is approved by town officials.
Middletown commissioners and the burgess are hoping to position the town as a brewery-friendly area as they approved an ordinance Monday that will allow for microbreweries within the town’s general commercial and town commercial districts.
Officials restricted the business to fewer than 1,000 barrels of beer per year, and the ordinance outlines future businesses to move into pre-existing building and structures.
“We’re looking for a re-purposing of buildings in our town. With that, we’re sometimes limited with space. Sometimes these general commercial and town commercial districts spill over into residential areas of the older part of town, so we wanted to protect that as well,” explained burgess for the Town of Middletown, John Miller.
Officials say one resident is already exploring the possibility of opening a microbrewery.