Boynton Beach really likes beer. Last night, the City Commission unanimously voted to change the law to make it easier for microbreweries to open in the city.
The changes were inspired by Mike Halker, the owner of Due South, Boynton’s first microbrewery. Halker had been looking for a way to store grains at the brewery and landed on the idea of putting a small silo outside the building.
“We asked the city if a silo was possible, and they said it wasn’t currently allowed, but because the city of Boynton Beach backs the craft-brewing movement, they were willing to try and make it happen for us,” Halker told New Times.
Now, breweries can have silos and hoppers, which makes it possible for them to save money by buying grains in bulk.
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Although it’s only a relatively small change, the city’s willingness to amend the ordinance shows it’s serious about being a craft beer destination. It’s already home to four microbreweries: Due South, Copperpoint, Devour, and NOBO Brewing.
"One of my goals is to bring in more of the 18-to-35 market," Mayor Steven Grant, who is 33 and took office earlier this year, said. While the city has a reputation as a retirement destination, becoming synonymous with craft breweries seems like a good way to change that.
That said, Boynton Beach has plenty of competition. Lately, it feel like just about every city in America is trying to get in on the craft beer trend. In the past month, both Orlando and Vero Beach have voted to amend their zoning codes so it will be easier for microbreweries to set up shop.