Council brief: New microbrewery and lounge proposed for downtown Revelstoke

Rumpus Beer Company says it intends to offer up locally crafted beers, focus on creating a low key social atmosphere.

A new microbrewery and tasting room is being proposed for downtown Revelstoke. Council will discuss Rumpus Beer Company's application for a Lounge Endorsement Liquor License at the June 12 regular council meeting. Image: Pixabay.

Beer lovers rejoice. Revelstoke could soon be home to a new microbrewery.

City of Revelstoke staff are recommending council support an application by Rumpus Beer Company Ltd. for a Lounge Endorsement Liquor License. The company has also submitted a concurrent application for a manufacturing license to operate a craft brewery at the rear of the premises, located at 208 First Street East.

A letter of intent said the proposed 30-seat lounge is a place for sampling and enjoying beers on site and the focus is on creating a space for social gathering and conversation. Entertainment would consist of occasional live acoustic music and monthly informal beer education gatherings.

“We will be encouraging a low key atmosphere and have neither the space or interest in providing for amplified live music, DJ performances, dancing, etc., which will eliminate the majority of noise disturbance issues,” applicant Fred Orndorff said in the letter.

A Google Street view of the proposed microbrewery location. Image: Google Street View.

A report to council notes city staff have no concerns with the proposed application. Revelstoke RCMP also did not have concerns about the application. Residents within 100 metres of the proposed establishment were notified by letter, with only one letter of objection received.

While supportive of the application, the report does note city staff are receiving incremental liquor applications on a regular basis. Assistant planner Mary Wong said the increase could reach a saturation point where no further liquor service seats and hours could be accommodated within the community.

“Identifying a saturation point would be a complex consideration, looking at many variables, including tourism sector growth rates, economic climate, and social health impacts,” said Wong.

Council will discuss staff comments on Rumpus Beer Company’s application for a Lounge Endorsement Liquor License at the regular council meeting on Tuesday, June 12. The city is only able to submit comment on the application and the final decision on issuing the license rests with the BC Liquor and Licensing Branch.