Forsyth County commissioners recently approved two alcohol licenses that are the first of their kind in the county.
Rick Tanner’s Grille & Bar, located in Vickery Village in west Forsyth, was granted the county’s first license for a restaurant to sell beer and wine by the package during a commission meeting on Thursday.
“This was something that we really needed to do for our business,” said Mike Chartrand, a partner at Rick Tanner’s.
At their June 2 meeting, the commission approved allowing brewpubs — restaurants that brew their own beer — to sell growlers, which typically resemble a glass jug, of beer brewed on premises directly to customers.
The final step was to get a package sales license, similar to any other store that sells packaged beer. But the county code needed to allow for that license first.
Brewpubs were approved to operate in Forsyth County in 2012 after Tanner asked the commission to modify its alcohol ordinance, but they were only allowed to sell beer to customers eating in the restaurant for on-site consumption.
Now, anyone can buy a growler during business hours — not only restaurant customers.
Rick Tanner’s offers crafts beers brewed by the adjoining Cherry Street Brewing Co-op, operated by Nick Tanner, Rick Tanner’s son. As of now, it is the only brewery in the county.
Commissioners also unanimously approved a license for Fleur de Lis, a wine distributor.
“It is a wholesale distributorship, so I will be providing wine sales only to entities with wine licenses, such as restaurants, wine shops, retail outlets, that sort of thing,” said Ashley Bonner, owner and licensee of Fleur de Lis.
The business, though no specific opening date was given, will be located at 6020 Parkway North Drive, just north of the Peachtree Parkway/Exit 13 interchange of Ga. 400. It will be the first such distributor in the county.
“They’ll be importing from around the world,” said District 3 Commissioner Todd Levent, “and offering different flavors, and it’s kind of interesting.”