Changes could allow microbreweries in Lebanon

Lebanon is only one possible location for the next microbrewery being developed by Brian Yavorsky, one of the founders of Star City Brewing in Miamisburg.

“We’re just basically feeling out several different locations,” Yavorsky said. “Once we get a couple of bites or some nibbles, I’ll be willing to share a whole lot more with you,” added Yavorsky, who is no longer with Star City.

Last Tuesday, Andy Allgeyer, Yavorsky’s associate, added support for new regulations recommended for approval by the Lebanon Planning Commission. The regulations would allow for microbreweries of up to 50,000 square feet and brewpubs of up to 25,000 square feet in the city.

Allgeyer also answered questions from the commission and city staff before the unanimous vote to recommend council approval.

Last week, Yavorsky said his group continued to study sites between Interstate 675 in southern Montgomery County and Interstate 275 in Northern Cincinnati.

“We don’t quite know yet,” he said. “Give us about 30 to 45 days.”

Lebanon and county officials have identified at least three locations where the development of a microbrewery is being considered, including downtown, just south of downtown in the Old Shoe Factory building and north of downtown at the Warren County Fairgrounds.

Yavorsky said he had looked at several downtown Lebanon locations, as well as spots just north of downtown at the fairgrounds and west on Main Street-Ohio 63.

The Lebanon City Council discussed the new regulations during a work session on Wednesday. A public hearing is anticipated on Tuesday, before a vote on approval.

Yavorsky and Star City both acknowledged he was no longer part of the operation, which opened in November 2013 in downtown Miamisburg.

In July, Yavorsky, one of three founders of the Miamisburg microbrewery, brought a lawsuit against his partners and the business in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. The case has been closed, according to court records.

Allgeyer attended last Tuesday’s planning commission meeting for Yavorsky, who was asked to share his ideas about microbreweries.

“He has some insight on microbreweries,” said Sam Hill, the city’s director of planning, adding that Yavorsky was looking at opening a microbrewery in Lebanon.

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