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Proposed new Baraboo brewery gets OK to use sewer

November 13, 2018

A planned Baraboo brewery got the go-ahead Monday to connect to the city wastewater system.

Randy Scott is working to transform the former Farm Kitchen Restaurant property on Sauk County Highway DL into Tumbled Rock Brewery. The Common Council’s Public Safety Committee voted 2-0 Monday to let him discharge wastewater into the city system.

The property lies in the town of Baraboo, which contracts with the city to handle some of its wastewater. Scott already has secured approval from the Baraboo Town Board to use the sewer system.

Scott said he hopes to open the 15-barrel brewing facility this summer, but declined to provide further information until he could issue a news release.

Because a brewery would discharge higher-density wastewater than domestic users, it would have to sample and meter its wastewater and possibly pay the city a surcharge to handle disposal. The city currently is working with Driftless Glen Distillery to resolve a dispute over the distillery’s sewer bills, and committee members said Monday they don’t want to repeat that with the brewery or Balanced Rock Winery, which is set to break ground Wednesday.

“The majority of the water goes out the door in the product,” City Engineer Tom Pinion said of breweries.

“I think they have everything planned to be addressed,” said Utility Superintendent Wade Peterson.

Under an agreement approved last month by the town board, the brewery would sell at least 75 percent of its product on-site.

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