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Jonesborough’s first craft beer permit approved

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the first craft beer permit at the April 13 BMA meeting for Roadrunner Market, 141 Boone St., which gives them permission to offer craft beer sampling to customers 21 years and older.
Alderman Adam Dickson was the only one to oppose the permit.
Mayor Kelly Wolfe said the approval was the logical conclusion of the work that has been done over the last couple of months regarding craft beer sampling.
According to the ordinance, the samples can be no more than 2 ounces in no more than a 5-ounce cup. Only three 2-ounce samples can be provided during a 24-hour period from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday.
All samples are to be consumed on premise and the server providing the samples must have an Alcoholic Beverage Commission server’s license. As of April 6, Roadrunner Market had 11 servers who had attended the ABC server’s license training class.
The ordinance also states that every customer will have to provide a photo ID to prove they are 21 years old. The customer’s name, accordng to the ID, will then be entered into a sampling log that will show the day and time the sample was provided to that person.
The beer sampling log submitted by Mountain Empire Oil includes the date, time, name, date of birth, first, second and third sampling and whether a purchase was made.
The application also included Mountain Empire Oil’s providing a schematic sketch showcasing how they will shield the general public from the dispensing area. The area will be located toward the back end of the store away from the front doors and next to the office area.
Roadrunner will have a counter separating the public from the dispensing area, which includes a walk through space for employees at the end of the counter. Town Administrator Bob Browning said that open area could be roped off in to make it clear that only employees are allowed behind the counter.
Alderman Chuck Vest said the presentation provided exceeded what he could have asked for.
“It’s really a nice set up,” he said.
The Jonesborough Police Department is required to do an inspection to verify that the requirements for in store conditions are met.