BRADENTON -- Those curious to visit a brewery, who want more than beer, will have other options to choose from at Motorworks Brewing.
The soon-to-be Bradenton microbrewery will now sell beer and spirits in its tap room when it opens in January at 1014 Ninth St. W.
Bradenton City Council approved a liquor license for Motorworks Brewing by 5-0 vote Wednesday. State approval is still required to activate the license.
"What's so cool is to have something for everyone," said co-owner Denise Tschida, who will operate the business with husband, Frank Tschida.
"This really will be a marvelous tourist destination. We've already gotten a lot of interest," said Ann Altman, Motorworks Brewing vice president.
Altman said the Tschidas decided to pursue an avail
able liquor license after receiving inquiries from people who wanted drinking options beside craft beer.
Councilman Patrick Roff thanked the Tschidas for choosing Bradenton. He said the economic impact will benefit many.
"You guys have invested a lot in the area. I think you guys will be nothing but good news in the area," Roff said.
In addition to beer and spirits, patrons will be able to enjoy live music inside the tap room and outside in the beer garden, which will also have bocce ball and miniature golf.
The Tschidas said they are still awaiting their certificate of occupancy from the city of Bradenton to open.
They also said they will set a new standard for entertainment in the budding sports and entertainment district near McKechnie Field.
"It's really more about the passion that we have to do it right and to embrace the community and the building and putting together a great team," Denise Tschida said. "When you engineer and design and work for more than a year everyday, you really don't have to look outside (for inspiration). We had to make sure what we were doing was the best effort."
In other business, city council appointed two new board members to the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority Board:
Mike Carter, who owns Mike Carter Construction; and
Jason Bartz, a development project manager for NDC Construction Co. Bartz was previously appointed to the board in 2009.
Janey Tate, city of Bradenton and Palmetto reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. You can follow her on Twitter at Janey_Tate.