Smyrna will soon be home to a distillery and a brewery now that Warlock Brewing has received its conditional use application approval by Smyrna Town Council to open the brewery in the Smyrna Business Park on Artisan Drive.
Council unanimously approved the application Monday, which was over a month after members voted down a zoning amendment that would allow a brewery as a conditional use in the business park.
Following the approval, Town Manager Dave Hugg said he had already given Warlock Brewing owner and Smyrna resident Ron Price a copy of the draft lease for the property.
“We will work diligently to get the lease signed and get them into the building,” Hugg said.
Price told council he was grateful for the approval, stating it’s been a very long haul to receive the approval.
“We hope to make Smyrna proud,” Price said.
Warlock Brewing, once a lease is signed, will be located at 210 Artisan Drive in the business park. The building is currently vacant space used as storage by the town. The proposed area is roughly 12,000 square feet with 1,500 square feet to be used for retail and the remaining 10,500 square feet proposed to be used for manufacturing purposes.
The conditional use approval comes with certain standards that must be met. The requirements are as follows: all permits and approvals must be obtained by the Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Commissioner to operate a craft distillery or microbrewery; on-site consumption or tasting of alcohol shall be limited to those products brewed on the premises; all aspects of the brewing process are completely confined within the building; ancillary activities are limited to tours of the premises, educational classes, demonstrations, tasting rooms, and retail sales are limited to what’s brewed on the premises; and all food sales shall be limited to prepackaged snack items.