CLIFTON PARK – After delaying its grand opening last week, Druthers Brewing Company announced it expects to receive its liquor license in the coming weeks.
The new Clifton Park location of Druthers Brewing Co. had been expected to open last Thursday, but announced last Monday it would not because it was waiting on a license.
The company announced on Facebook this week that it was still waiting on its liquor license to open its new location.
The online post stated: “We apologize for the continued delay in opening our new Clifton Park location. We are waiting on our liquor license and are advised that it may be another two weeks until the license is issued. Thank you again for your patience. We can’t wait to show you the new space!”
The New York State Liquor Authority reports the application for licenses for Druthers Brewing Co. at the Clifton Park location were submitted in April 2022 and are currently listed as pending review. Druthers Brewing Co. had submitted applications for both a manufacturing license and an on-premise license.
The licensing review process is dependent on a number of factors, state liquor authority public information officer William Crowley said. He explained the type of application or permit applied for, the current volume of applications and the completeness and accuracy of the application submitted can all affect the review process. In general, the process takes approximately 26 weeks, he said.
Manufacturing businesses and most retail businesses are eligible to apply for a temporary operating permit Crowley said. The temporary permit allows them to be open and operating for alcoholic beverage sales and/or production while their license application is pending.
“These permits are generally being issued within 2-4 weeks, and approximately 75% of businesses with pending applications are operating under such a temporary permit,” Crowley said.
The State Liquor Authority reached out to Druthers to emphasize the advantage of the temporary permits, and Druthers Brewing applied for the temporary permits, Crowley said. These permits will be reviewed in short order he said.