Joymongers partners with Hardister to update taproom legislation
GREENSBORO, N.C.– Monday, Feb. 18, Joymongers Brewing Company ownership met with North Carolina House Representative and Majority Whip, Jon Hardister, and NC officials at all levels, to discuss a solution to the lack of differentiation between brewery taprooms and food service restaurants across the state.
The discussion to update the legislation was introduced after posts on both Joymongers Brewing Company Facebook pages (in Greensboro, and their Barrel Hall in Winston-Salem) announced that the Guilford and Forsyth County Health and Human Services departments had issued Joymongers warnings stating that dogs could not be in their taproom. Under County law, because Joymongers taprooms serve beer in glassware that must be washed in dishwashing machines between uses, they are classified as a food service establishments. Meaning dogs may not be inside unless they are a properly licensed service animal.
The Facebook posts quickly caught the attention of the local community, causing over 2,000 “reactions” and over 500 comments. Many expressing urgency for this food service law to be updated to differentiate brewery taprooms from restaurants where food is actually prepared and served. The post also caught the attention of North Carolina House Representative and Majority Whip, Jon Hardister, who proposed setting up a meeting to discuss updating the legislation. On the evening of Feb. 18, representatives from Joymongers ownership, Hardister’s office, County Commissioners and the Health and Human Services Department met to determine a common-sense solution that allows dogs in brewery taprooms with their owners, statewide.
Discussions are ongoing, but together all parties are confident new legislation can be passed that resolves the issue not only in Guilford and Forsyth County, where Joymongers operates but for millions of dog lovers and hundreds of brewery taprooms across the state of North Carolina. Joymongers plans to keep the public and their patrons updated on their Facebook page as more information becomes available.
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