On September 3, 2013 the Englewood, Colo. City Council unanimously approved an amendment to the Englewood Municipal Code to allow small distilleries, breweries, and wineries in the downtown business district along South Broadway and Hampden Avenue, as well as larger operations in industrial zones. Brewing of beer was previously allowed, but distillation of alcohol was prohibited until the new ordinance was adopted in response to interest from local craft brewers and distillers to locate along the heavily-traveled South Broadway corridor in Englewood.
Englewood Mayor Randy Penn sees craft breweries and distilleries as a positive addition to the business community in Englewood. “We want to preserve the commercial character of our downtown and generate foot traffic in these highly visible areas of Englewood. Sample tastings, retail, and tours of distilleries and breweries help generate pedestrian activity and vibrancy,” said Mayor Penn.
Englewood’s new ordinance allows distilleries, breweries, and wineries up to 10,000 square feet to locate in the downtown business zones along South Broadway and Hampden Avenue. The only stipulation is that in the downtown area, a distillery, brewery, or winery is also required to have a sales room, public tours, restaurant, or tavern. There is no size limit or requirement for tastings, retail, or tours in industrial zones.
For more information about the City of Englewood, please visit www.englewoodgov.org.