Milton City Council approves alcohol ordinance rewrites, paving way for breweries, food halls to open

New alcohol-related establishments will be able to open in the city of Milton following the passage of a new ordinance to the city's alcohol laws. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)
New alcohol-related establishments will be able to open in the city of Milton following the passage of a new ordinance to the city's alcohol laws. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)

New alcohol-related establishments will be able to open in the city of Milton following the passage of a new ordinance to the city's alcohol laws. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)

Food halls, breweries, distilleries, craft beer and wine markets, and other alcohol-related establishments will now be allowed to open in the city of Milton, per a Milton City Council vote to approve changes to the city's alcohol ordinances at the June 1 council meeting.

Milton Economic Development Manager Sarah LaDart said during the meeting that she and other staff have been working on changes to the city's alcohol ordinances since August to allow for more business opportunities within the city, both for current and future business owners.


"There were really three main objectives throughout everything: to make the ordinance easier for both the city and for businesses to read through and understand it, to create new opportunities for businesses to come to Milton, and to create new revenue sources," LaDart said.

The following establishments can now open in the city of Milton under specific criteria, but bars and nightclubs are still prohibited from opening in the city:

  • breweries

  • craft breweries

  • distilleries

  • microdistilleries

  • food halls

  • courtyard markets

  • city food markets

  • craft beer and/or wine markets

  • growler shops


The ordinance also allows these establishments, as well as restaurants, to have an alcohol-to-food ratio of 70-30, which means up to 70% of its revenue can come from the sale of alcoholic beverages. Previously, the ratio had to be 50-50.

This change allows higher-end spirits to be served at establishments since more of the revenue can come from alcohol sales. Restaurants will also be able to sell "incidental" packaged beer and wine under this new ordinance.
By Kara McIntyre
Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the reporter for north Houston's Tomball/Magnolia edition in September 2018, moving to Alpharetta in January 2020 after a promotion to be the editor of the Alpharetta/Milton edition, which is Community Impact's first market in Georgia.


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