Opposition voiced over Floyd Co. brewery"Traffic and noise would inevitably rise." Unlike Floydfest, where quietude, free traffic flow, and gentle breezes highlighted by fragrant whisps of Michoacan are the order of the day.
By Mike Gangloff, Roanoke Times
The hullabaloo over whether to license Floyd County's first microbrewery apparently comes down to a question of "quietude."
That was the outcome of 312 hours of wrangling Wednesday at a packed hearing on a license application for Shooting Creek Farm Brewery. It will be at least a month until a Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control officer issues a decision on letting the brewery produce up to 10,000 gallons of beer per year.
Held in a small room filled to nearly overflowing by the 40 or so people who attended, Wednesday's session explored what effect a new business might have on rural Thomas Farm Road. The several-mile stretch of gravel and dirt runs through pastures and wooded slopes near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Speakers put the number of occupied residences along it at between eight and 15. A recent state study found an average of 15 vehicles use it each day.
This was important, speakers said, because Virginia law bars granting an alcohol license in cases where it would "substantially interfere with the usual quietude and tranquility" of a place.
Neighbors who opposed the brewery plan stressed the "interfere" portion of the law, arguing that traffic and noise would inevitably rise. (link)
These people have been smoking way too much dope.