Local businessman Nelson Owens is hoping to open a distillery in Beaufort NC serving rum to locals and tourist thanks to Senate Bill 290 that Governor Roy Cooper recently signed which loosed restriction on establishments serving alcoholic beverages. Readers are encouraged to share this article on social media like Facebook so that others can learn more about this project, and to use the comment section at the bottom to have discussions.
Mr. Owens is the president of Beaufort Wine & Food. The location of the proposed micro-distillery will be at 513 Front St. On September 30, 2019, the Beaufort Planning Board voted to recommend the mixed-use zoning classification for this property.
While this endeavor is still in the planning stages, Mr. Nelson is still waiting to hear back from the town commission’s decision on this issue before proceeding with the business.
Additionally, this business will require Nelson to get a federal distiller’s permit which is very time consuming.
Update July 30, 2020: Beaufort commissioners approved a special-use permit for a microbrewery, microdistillery and restaurant with outdoor operations to include a tavern, bar or pub during their recent monthly meeting moving this attraction one step further towards reality.
After purchasing the property at 513 Front St, Mr. Nelson worked with the Beaufort Historic Preservation Office while renovating the property. He believes that the historic nature of the building, the history of the community, and the serving of rum will make for a great tourist destination for people visiting the community.
Nelson recently filed with the State of NC to name the business Beaufort Spirits Co.
While most people think of whiskey and brandy when it comes to a micro-distillery, do you think rum is a good choice given the town’s history?
As a local or visitor to the area, do you think this business fits in well with the heritage and culture of the town?
Will this business maintain the historic look and feel of the local community, and is this business something you will visit as a patron?
Will the proposed Beaufort Spirits Co name and distillery help to maintain and support tourism in the town?
Senate Bill 290
PART I. ALLOW DISTILLERIES TO SELL MALT BEVERAGES AND UNFORTIFIED AND FORTIFIED WINE.
PART II. ALLOW DISTILLERIES TO SELL MIXED BEVERAGES.
PART III. ALLOW CERTAIN ORDERS OF ELIGIBLE DISTILLERY PRODUCTS.
PART IV. REVISE LAW AUTHORIZING DISTILLERS TO SELL SPIRITUOUS LIQUOR DISTILLED BY THE DISTILLER FOR CONSUMPTION OFF THE PREMISES.
PART V. ISSUE PURCHASE-TRANSPORTATION PERMITS FOR SPIRITUOUS LIQUOR.
PART VI. ABC STORES/ALLOW IN-STORE SPIRITUOUS LIQUOR TASTINGS.
PART VII. SELF-DISTRIBUTING BREWERIES AND MALT BEVERAGES WHOLESALERS/REVISE LAW GOVERNING PRIVATE LABEL SALES.
PART VIII. CLARIFY CONTRACT BREWING LAW.
PART IX. ALLOW MALT BEVERAGE TASTINGS AT FARMERS MARKETS.
PART X. ALLOW TRANSFERS OF MALT BEVERAGES BETWEEN PERMITTEES UNDER COMMON OWNERSHIP OR CONTROL.
PART XI. MALT BEVERAGES AND WINE/INCREASE DISCOUNT ON PRICE FROM 25% TO 35% OF THE RETAIL PRICE.
PART XII. CLARIFY DEFINITION OF “PREMISES”.
PART XIII. AUTHORIZE SALE AND DELIVERY OF MORE THAN ONE DRINK AT A TIME TO A SINGLE PATRON.
PART XIV. ALLOW SALE AND CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AT BINGO GAMES.
PART XV. FOOD AND LODGING FACILITY SANITATION REGULATIONS/EXEMPT BREWERIES NOT ENGAGED IN THE PREPARATION OF FOOD.