Stonington to allow brewers to sell beer

Stonington - The Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday night unanimously approved a regulation amendment that will allow breweries located in manufacturing zones, such as the Cottrell Brewery in Pawcatuck, to sell bottled beer to people who take their brewery tour.

Cottrell will now have to seek a special use permit from the commission to sell the beer. Only those taking the tour can buy beer directly from the brewery, which means people cannot go to the brewery specifically to buy beer.

The regulation amendment, which was sought by Cottrell, treats breweries like wineries and also allows tastings and tours, beer/food events and catered events authorized by the commission.

The brewery, in the former Harris Graphics building at 100 Mechanic St., has brewed Old Yankee Ale since 1997 and more recently began to produce Mystic Bridge IPA.

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