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Highland Park creates home-brew liquor license

The city of Highland Park has created a new class of liquor license to accommodate the surge of interest in home-brew beer-making.

The need for a new type of retail liquor license surfaced at City Hall when Highland Park resident Michael Buss proposed opening a business geared to the home-brewing hobbyist.

Buss, who appeared before the city’s Liquor Commission on July 8, plans to sell ingredients and supplies for making beer. He also plans to offer classes where participants can create their own beer with tastings, then leave their beverage on the premises during the fermentation process. The customer would return to pick up a consumable alcoholic beverage.

The Class B license authorizes the retail sale of beer as part of brew-it-yourself beer-making classes, parties, events, demonstrations and similar activities, attended exclusively by persons at least 21 years of age. The retail sale may include tastings of beer made on the premises, storage on the premises and delivery of a finished beer for consumption off the premises.

At the request of Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, the liquor code will specify that anyone picking up the finished brew must be at least 21 years of age.

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