A local brewery is expanding.
Earlier this month, Madison County Supervisors approved an indefinite special use permit and a site plan request for Bald Top Brewing Company. The special use permit will allow the operation of a pizza shack at the local business which is owned by David Fulton and Julie Haines. The shack is part of an expansion requested and approved in the site plan which will add a kitchen onto the existing tap barn, a new entryway including restrooms, a replacement and expansion of the existing brew barn and a new pavilion. A parking expansion is also included, expanding options to 54 spaces.
Fulton said the pizza shack will have architecture consistent with the tap barn and allow for wood fired pizza. He said the pizza will supplement food options provided by visiting food trucks and also allow for options when food trucks are not on site. Serving food will put the brewery in the retail space as determined by the state and allow the brewery to start offering wine, something Fulton said is in the works for the future.
“Wine is part of our strategy to make guests’ visits as complete as possible,” he said.
The expansion at Bald Top will be done in a phased approach, Fulton said, in order to mitigate the impact to customers. He stressed that the business has no plans to become a speakeasy and is community focused.
“We started this to offer something to the community,” he said. “We are a community focused establishment that offers something responsible and respectful to the community.”
Fulton said he also understands concerns regarding increased traffic on local roads due to patrons of the brewery.
“We’re doing everything possible to ensure traffic safety,” he said.
The special use permit and site plan requests were recommended for approval by the Madison County Planning Commissioners 8-0 and unanimously approved by the supervisors.
Meanwhile, an ongoing indefinite special use permit request by John and Emily Howard for the operation of a kennel at their home was tabled as well as a request by Poole Holdings for a permit to allow a public building, restaurant and private park on existing property located at Rts. 15 and 614. A site plan request for the construction of a telecommunications shelter as part of a Facebook-led initiative was approved.