Council supports distillery’s ‘by the glass’ liquor license application

KENILWORTH –  Wellington North councillors had no qualms about offering support to Silver Fox Distillery’s “by the glass” liquor license application.

The application came before council on Aug. 26.

The limited liquor sales licence applies to the distillery’s operation at 7999 Wellington Road 109, Arthur.

Correspondence to the township noted the “by the glass” license, which requires approval by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), allows Ontario wineries, breweries and distilleries to sell and serve their wine, beer and spirits to patrons for consumption at their manufacturing site.

The sale and service of the wine, beer and spirits must be primarily aimed at promoting the manufacturer’s product and either providing an enhanced tourist experience or fulfilling an educational purpose.

The hours are limited to 9am to 9pm on any day and the hours may not be extended.

One of the requirements of the AGCO is for the applicant to provide confirmation the municipal council has passed resolution in support of the issuance of the licence – to indicate support of the local community.

Councillor Steve McCabe said the distillery opening is a “really neat story,” noting owner Mark Townsend has chosen to use Arthur as its base for the distillery.

“It’s a great new business in the township,” said McCabe, who added he looks forward to visiting.

Councillor Lisa Hern, who had the chance to talk to Townsend, said, “What he is doing is actually pretty cool.

“It is a tasting experience. There are a lot of people who travel together and this is a tourism thing.”

Hern added the tasting is limited to one glass.

Council subsequently passed a resolution in support of Townsend’s application.