Opponents of the proposed micro brewery on Thomas Farm Road near the Blue Ridge Parkway have appealed a decision by a veteran Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) officer who approved the brewery’s application for an off-premises license.
The full ABC board will hear the case in Richmond on Thursday. The fight between Shooting Creek Farm Brewery and some of the residents who live nearby is basically a neighborhood dispute on steroids, fueled by a minister with an agenda and a neighbor with a grudge.
Paul Lacoste, the neighbor who lives closest to the proposed brewery, isn’t saying if the opposition has anything new to say when the board hears the case next week. One resident of Thomas Farm Road told me in an email that the mantra will be "more of the same," meaning the previously-nullified claim that the brewery will turn the rural road into a danger zone of speeding drunks tear-assing up and down the road, the destruction of rural paradise and more posturing about the evils of alcohol.