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Bylaw Change Almost Ready To Allow Amherstburg Breweries

A new beer maker will soon be allowed to open shop in Amherstburg now that town council is ready to debate the final changes to a bylaw.

The changes have been more than six months in the making after council found out its existing bylaws, which allow wineries and distilleries, excluded breweries.

"It was literally just a little bit of language that we had to add," says Mayor Aldo DiCarlo. "They just were not included otherwise."

Microbrewing is already a booming industry in Windsor-Essex with at least six either operating or expected to open shop soon. Tecumseh boasts Franks, while Kingsville has Banded Goose and there are indications two more plan to start production.

Amherstburg's G-L Heritage will be the region's second grain to glass brewery with a farm on site, after the Lonsbery Farms Brewery in Harrow.

"There is already someone out in our rural area that is very anxious to start growing their own hops, barley and wheat," says DiCarlo.

He believes the council will debate the changes on final time at its next meeting on June 12.

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