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Cottleville brewery plans to open second location at vacant Wentzville fire house

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Exit 6 Brewery in Cottleville is hoping to expand its business in Wentzville by converting this old firehosue. Credit: KMOV Exit 6 Brewery in Cottleville is hoping to expand its business in Wentzville by converting this old firehosue. Credit: KMOV
WENTZVILLE, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The firehouse on West Pearce in Wentzville has sat empty for months, but the owners of Cottleville’s Exit 6 Brewery see it as an opportunity to expand their craft beer business.

“It’s a really a neat building and we’re going to work with the first responders and work to tie it all together,” said Jeff Britton.

Britton opened Exit 6 Brewery almost seven years ago. He said when an old firehouse went up for sale in Wentzville he jumped on it.

“We’ve got our location in Cottleville that’s pretty small, we’re going big, we’re going to provide food at this location be able to brew a lot more beer,” said Britton.

But there’s one catch. The building sits within 300 feet of a school. The brewery is 49 feet too close to West Pearce Hall, the alternative program for the Wentzville School District.

“We did meet with the school district and they did express some concerns,” said John Schneider with the Wentzville Fire Protection District.

Schnieder said they have been working to sell the building since they moved out in October.

“We didn’t have a lot of offers, we had a lot of interest, we’ve been sitting for several months trying to let the building go,” he said.

Wednesday night the Board of Alderman voted 3-3 on an application from Exit 6 to waive the liquor license distance requirement. The mayor broke the tie, voting in favor of the brewery. One person spoke out against the decision.

Neighboring business owner Susan Herzberg says hopes the new brewery will consider the hours and how they affect the school, but supports the opening.

“What keeps a community vital is the independently owned businesses,’ said Herzberg.

Britton hopes to reassure parents and neighbors their brewery will be a good fit for Wentzville.

“I think everyone in Cottleville has been super supportive, they understand we’re not the typical bar, it’s pretty low key, very mellow, this one will be family friendly.”

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