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Flowery Branch shuts down Growlers on Main temporarily
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It’s closing time — at least temporarily — for the popular Growlers on Main draft beer business in downtown Flowery Branch.

The business’ alcoholic beverage license has been suspended through the end of the year because of alleged violations of the city code.

The owners confirmed the news on the business’ Facebook page, with a Monday post explaining the business will be “closed until further notice.” A note on the business’ door states the same thing.

Co-owner Alan Davenport declined to comment until after today’s scheduled public hearing on the matter.

Charges were laid out in a hand-delivered letter dated Friday from City Clerk Melissa McCain to Ashley Cooper-Davenport of the Main Street business.

Two separate incidents were noted in the letter, including an Oct. 5 incident when alcoholic beverages were sold for consumption during the city’s fall festival for $5 each.

Also, a Saturday incident was noted when alcoholic beverages were “served for consumption on the premises in an amount over the three 1-ounce tastes authorized,” the letter reads.

According to the city code, while consumption is prohibited, samples of tap beers are permitted if they do not exceed 1 ounce each. Also, no more than three samples per person are permitted daily.

Flowery Branch officials have suspended Growlers on Main’s alcoholic beverage license beginning

 Monday through Dec. 31.

The business has appealed the decision. A public hearing is scheduled for the City Council’s 5 p.m. meeting today.

McCain said the owners have the chance to have an attorney present; City Council members will decide whether to lessen or remove the penalty, or keep it the same, after hearing both sides of the matter.

McCain also declined to comment on the matter until after the public hearing.

Growlers on Main opened earlier this year, offering multiple draft beers available for sampling. Patrons can then purchase a 32- or 64-ounce sealed glass jar, called a growler, to take home.

Interest has been strong enough in this type of business that Gainesville amended its alcohol ordinance in April to allow for the sale of growlers. Hall County is also considering an amendment to its malt beverage and wine code for the same issue.

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