Starving Artist Brewing seeks permit for outdoor beer garden

March 2, 2019

AMBER TWP. — Starving Artist Brewing is hoping to expand its presence in the local business community by serving pints of craft beer at a small, outdoor beer garden at owner Andy Thomas’ 634 S. Stiles Road property.

The company has applied for a special land use permit for the expansion, which Thomas said would include outdoor seating and parking spaces for a maximum of 25 people.

The Mason County Planning Commission will review the request at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Mason County Airport, 5300 W. U.S. 10.

“We’re kind of trying to figure out the next chapter in Starving Artist and what it would look like, and we decided it’s time to start serving pints,” Thomas said.

Starving Artist received a home-based business permit when Thomas first sought approval to begin craft beer production in 2014, according to Mason County Zoning and Building Director Brady Selner. The business is now hoping to be re-zoned as an agribusiness — a new zoning use classification as of summer 2018 — which includes microbreweries.

The new zoning class would allow Starving Artist to do more with its business than production.

“They were permitted as a home-based business back in 2014, and under that permit, there were a lot of things they couldn’t do that they want to do with this new use,” Selner said. “They’re looking to do more events and things like that under the agribusiness.”

Currently, Starving Artist is licensed to serve indoors for beer-tastings, according to Thomas, but he said he wants to expand the brewery’s options with the county’s approval.

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