Microbrewery announced for Guntersville moments after council approves alcohol ordinance change

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -  A couple of entrepreneurs wasted no time in taking advantage of a change in Guntersville's alcohol ordinance.   Brothers Brett and Clay Smith announced they will be opening Main Channel Brewing Company sometime in the first half of 2015.

Monday night the city council unanimously approved a change in the city's alcohol ordinance that will allow microbreweries, microdistilleries and possibly one day brew pubs.

"We want to offer all kinds of people different things to come and do, " said Guntersville Mayor Leigh Dollar after the vote.   "And these type of facilities have a following and it's a tourism related thing.  Look at what Kentucky has done with the bourbon trail."

The Smiths say they have been making their own beer at home for some time and decided to take it public.   Brett Smith announced plans for the business to the media after the council meeting.

"We've been wanting to do this for a very long time here in the area," said Brett Smith.   "It's a fit for our area.  We are surrounded by cities and counties in our area that support the craft beer industry.  We think it's a fit for Guntersville."

Brett Smiths says their brewing company will be open by next summer.  He says they are still looking for a location, but getting council approval was the first hurdle.

"It's been a lot of work.  There have been a lot of conversations.  Educating the council.  Educating the mayor, on what we can and can't do in our area.  What fits for this area."

The council also allowed brew pubs to open in the city if the state legislature someday changes the law.  Currently only 13 counties in the state are allowed to have brew pubs and Marshall County  is not one of them.   However, there is some push to get the state laws changed.

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