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New distillers to take over lease in City Hall complex
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During the June 20 meeting of the Dawsonville City Council, council members heard a presentation and approved a request from Doc Brown Farm and Distillers to lease space in the city hall complex. 

The space in question is currently leased by Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery. During Monday’s meeting, Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery owner Cheryl Wood asked the council to consider granting her an early termination of her lease since she will be selling the distillery to new owners Doc Brown Farm and Distillers. 

“As you know, I’m selling the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery to Doc Brown Farm and Distillers, and I’m here to request that my lease ends July 31 and begin theirs August 1,” Wood said. 

Following Wood’s request to the council, Amy Brown, co-owner of Doc Brown Farm and Distillers, gave a presentation to the council about her business, which will be purchasing the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery from Wood. 

According to Brown, her business is Georgia’s very first, and currently only, seed to sip still. Based out of Senioa, Georgia, Brown and her partners grow corn on their farm, grind it, ferment, distill and barrel-age it. 

“We grow heirloom, non-genetically modified red, white and blue corn — you can’t get any more patriotic than that,” Brown said. 

Every step of the process stays in Georgia, she added, from growing the corn to the grinding process to the barrels, which come from Gainesville Cooperage in Gainesville, Georgia. 

“Everything that we do literally comes from the state of Georgia; we’re truly the one that starts it on our farm and ends it in your sip so it’s all contained in your state,” Brown said. “And we’re proud of that, we’re proud of our state.” 

Doc Brown Farm and Distillers has been in operation since 2019, and Brown said that purchasing the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery from Wood and adding retail space in the city hall complex is a great next step for the business. 

“We’re three years into this now and it just makes sense that now we own our own distillery to go along with the farm,” Brown said to the council. “We’re purchasing the distillery with hopes that you guys will lease the space to us as it sits; we would love to have a turnkey type where she leaves and we walk in.” 

After discussion of the matter, the council members voted to enter into a lease with Doc Brown Farm and Distillers with the exact same terms as the lease that the city held with Wood previously. Should Brown need to change anything in the lease, she will need to reappear before the council during the next scheduled meeting on July 18 to request that change and bring it before the council for another vote. 

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