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Microbrewery gets license will serve food and beer


The brewmeister will see you. Or so hope the owners of an Ellicott City microbrewery, who obtained a license this week from the Howard County Liquor Board.

Serving food and beer, the Talbott's Stone House Inn and the Koenigshaus brewery on Main Street could open by the end of the year, said Liquor Board member Darrel E. Drown.

Martin Virga, brewmaster and president of the microbrewery, has said his business would create minimal truck traffic and noise and would emit mild odors similar to a bakery. He said the brewery would attract "a more upscale crowd, not the typical 21-to-25 [year-old] beer crowd."

Monday night, Mr. Drown referred to him as the "brewmeister" and said Mr. Virga owned brewing equipment from Germany.

Earlier this month, local residents had asked the Liquor Board not to grant the license.

"We bought our house in Ellicott City because we like the charm and quaintness," Dee Dee Lancelotta, a resident of Court Avenue behind the Koenigshaus, told the board.

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