Updated: November 06, 2019 06:31 PM
Created: November 06, 2019 06:19 PM
ARGYLE - The bubbles of Blonde Ale bouncing off the bottom of a pint glass Wednesday afternoon are the sounds of success for Jeff Kroosz and Rick Dennis.
The co-owners of Highlander Brewing Company have reason to celebrate. Town residents voted by a two-and-half to one margin to allow alcohol sales, repealing a law that had been in place since Prohibition.
"I was so proud of the repeal guys and the town and I just feel so much opportunity for Rick and I, Argyle as a whole," said Kroosz, who also serves as brewmaster.
This was the 12th time Argyle had taken up the issue since 1933. This time there was an organized push to 'go wet,' including lawn signs and an education component.
Proponents say it will help the local farming community because craft brewers use things like pumpkins, maple and berries in beer.
"It's not a fix-all for the town but it's a step in the right direction. It'll ring people into town," said Dennis.
Highlander was a natural offshoot of Dennis' malts and hops business. He's waiting for the okay from the state to start selling the beer Kroosz makes.
There's only restaurant in town that could start selling alcohol, and the Stewart's Shop plans to make room for beer in its coolers.
Erica Komoroske, a Stewart's spokesperson, said by email Wednesday, "We'll work to obtain permits to offer this convenience as quickly as possible and we look forward to stocking our coolers as soon as approvals are met."
Town Supervisor Bob Henke, a native of Argyle, says he'd gotten inquiries from all over the world about Argyle's dry status.
"If I had thought that the dry town had such cache, I probably would've tried to capitalize on it," Henke laughed.
Highlander Brewing hopes to have the beer flowing before Thanksgiving. Stewart's hopes to have beer in its coolers before Christmas.
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