Beer ‘growler’ on square nets lone protest

July 31, 2013

Members of the Historic Granbury Merchants Association (HGMA) have written letters to counter a lone protest against a proposed beer establishment on the square.

A Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) hearing was to be held in the courtroom at the courthouse on the square yesterday afternoon, with County Judge Darrell Cockerham presiding.

A staffer in the judge’s office said that one person registered a protest against the requested permit, claiming that it’s “too small a town and we’ll have problems with drugs.”

The permit application was submitted by Consuela Grozier of Nemo, who wants to open a business called Lone Star Growler at 125 E. Pearl Street, on the south side of the square near Paradise Bistro and Coffee Company.

Scott Young, president of the HGMA, said that “growler” establishments are growing in popularity. The term “growler” refers to a large container or bucket for transporting beer and dates back to the 1800s.

Young and HGMA member Tom Baker said that they have submitted notarized letters in support of Lone Star Growler, and several others have as well.

“I think it’s a fantastic addition to the square. It’s something totally different,” Young said. “Granbury will have one of the few of this new trend that’s coming along.”

Young stated that Grozier plans to have a wide selection of imported beers, as well as domestics that hopefully will include beer from Revolver, a local brewery.

“It will be a tasting room, basically. Like three tastings for $10,” Young said. “They will have a few tables and chairs. They will have a TV. It’s not going to be a bar scenario.”

Attempts to contact Grozier were unsuccessful.

Young said that Grozier plans to have large containers for patrons who want to take beer home with them, but she will also have standard size glasses that will be filled part-way for sampling.

Baker chalked up the single protest to “fear of the unknown.” He pointed out that the establishment is not near a church or a school.

Cockerham added that voters have already decided that beer and wine sales on and around the square are permissible.

He stated that anyone who protests such permits must have evidence that the application is in error or that anyone applying for a permit is “not of moral character, maybe convicted of a felony or something like that.”

“If you’re protesting just because you don’t like liquor, then that’s not what we’re here for,” he said.

Young said that he has met Grozier three times and found her to be “very sophisticated” and “very well-spoken.”

He noted that the complaint made reference to “too much traffic on the square.”

“Our response to that is, there’s no such thing as too much traffic on the square,” Young said. “In fact, if you come Monday through Friday, you can do wheelies on the square.”

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