Brewery plans progress while new liquor store faces opposition

A conditional use permit for a new craft brewery on Mountain View Drive is inching toward approval, with a public hearing set for this Tuesday’s Anchorage Assembly meeting.

Obtaining the permit is one of the last big steps for Resolution Brewing Company. The business plans on opening up shop in a storefront near the entrance to the Glenn Square Shopping Center later this year, if all goes well. The municipality recommends approval of the permit. The Mountain View Community Council has voiced no objections to the plan since owner Brandon Hall and outreach coordinator Chris Castaneda introduced themselves and their company to the council several months ago. People can weigh in on the permit decision Aug. 26 at the Loussac Library.

The brewery hopes to be serving customers by this fall.

Meanwhile, a proposal to open a liquor store just around the corner in the Glenn Square Shopping Center was met with disapproval from city and local leaders alike. Council President Daniel George sponsored a resolution stating the council’s protest to the plan, and the Assembly also brought forward objecting to the liquor license application filed by 21-year-old Kwamayne Hopkins. Hopkins, a serviceman stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, said he wanted to open K&M Distributors across the parking lot from the new Bass Pro Shops Outpost. While he said he planned on attending the last council meeting to introduce himself and his business, he never came. He was also absent from the July Alcohol Beverage Control Board meeting where his liquor license application was up for discussion along with a competing business. The board moved to postpone Hopkins’ application.

At an August MVCC meeting, several council members spoke out against the idea of bringing a third liquor store into the neighborhood.

“I don’t think we need any more,” said council member Nikki Burrows. “We should violently object.”

For months, the council has struggled to place restrictions on Mountain View’s two Brown Jug stores, citing ongoing problems with alcohol in close proximity to Clark Middle School. Until those problems could be addressed with business owners, the state and the municipality, Rep. Geran Tarr suggested a moratorium on new liquor retailers in the neighborhood.

But everyone seemed to agree that a brewery is different.

Besides a 36-ounce limit for patrons sampling drinks at the brewery’s tasting room, the business also plans on closing its doors at 8 p.m. It deals in craft beer, not bulk booze and cheap liquor.

“It’s interesting that there would be a non-objection to a brewery and then there would be an objection to a liquor license,” George said. “But when you look at the purpose of the two — much more expensive growlers of beer aren’t what inebriates typically go for.”

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