GRIFFITH | The Griffith Town Council raised a glass last week to plans for a new microbrewery.
Renovation work at two vacant buildings at 121-113 E. Main St. already has started, said New Oberpfalz Brewing owner Gus Lehnerer. The craft brewery is on course to open in April.
"We're excited to be in Griffith," Lehnerer said.
The brewery will specialize in German-style beers, including a smoked beer called Rauchbier, Lehnerer said.
The business also will meet public demand for other types of beer, he said.
New Oberpfalz Brewing will have a beverage-tasting area with tables for 50 patrons and a limited lunch menu. Lemonade and soda also will be available.
The brewery will produce a maximum of 1,000 barrels a year, Lehnerer said, adding that it will have about 10 employees earning livable wages.
Acting on a recommendation from the Board of Zoning Appeals, the council unanimously voted to grant the brewery a special use variance to locate in a B2 zoning district.
"It's a nice addition to the community," said council Vice President Rick Ryfa, R-3rd.
In other business, Police Chief Greg Mance announced two fundraising events for the new animal shelter.
Animal Warden Sandi Litke will be at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
People can get photos of their dog or cat with Santa, and Litke will bring adoptable cats and dogs.
On Saturday, volunteers from Canine Oldies Rescue will host a donation drive in front of Town Hall between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
They will be collecting financial donations, food and supplies, Mance said.