Micro-distillery license up for county board vote
DANVILLE — A father-daughter business team continues to take small steps toward opening a micro-distillery business, but they will complete a big step Wednesday night if the Vermilion County Board goes along with creating a new liquor license category for the proposed operation.
Amanda Galloway and her father, Cliff Cauley of Bismarck, plan to open Copper Ridge distillery later this year in a former package-liquor-store building next to the I&I Steakhouse at 4015 E. Main St., east of Danville. They plan to make varieties of whiskey and moonshine for distribution and offer taste tests along with retail sales of their products, but it won't be a bar and won't be sold for consumption on the premises.
The Vermilion County Board meets at 6 p.m. today in the county board chambers on the second floor of the Vermilion County Courthouse Annex, 6 N. Vermilion St., Danville. The board also will consider accepting a bid to put a new roof on the Vermilion County Courthouse.
The proposed micro-distillery needs a local liquor license from the county, as well as state and federal licenses, but the county does not currently offer a liquor license for a micro-distillery. So Vermilion County officials have written a proposed ordinance that would create a new micro-distillery category, according to Bill Donahue, county attorney. He said the proposed ordinance mirrors the state statute regulating micro-distilleries. The new Category L license will require an annual $1,000 fee.
Cauley said they have been doing remodeling work on the interior of their building, but mostly they are waiting on the county liquor license process at this point, and if the board approves the new category, then they will apply for their local license and then move to the next steps at the state and federal levels.
"We are making progress," Cauley said. "It's small steps but positive steps."