It wasn’t until reading the latest issue of Loudoun Now that I found out Marty Dougherty has purchased 64 acres near my home with the intention of building his B Chord Brewery enterprise there. Unfortunately, I did not receive this information until after the hearing held on October 20. As I was not present at this hearing, my question is whether the “people living … near the property” who “have expressed support for his plans to build a farm brewery growing hops or grain on the property for use in the brewery” are aware that, at least as regards to his failed attempt to build his B Chord Brewery in Bluemont, Mr. Dougherty’s business plan also included daytime and nighttime festivals and outdoor concerts.
Perhaps Mr. Dougherty has now modified his ambitions for B Chord Brewery and truly does intend to build it as a ‘farm brewery’ this time – but there’s also the chance that, as with the Bluemont location, nothing is being said openly about the business plan including lighted, amplified, heavily-attended planned events. By omitting to openly mention this bit of information, perhaps Mr. Dougherty is hoping that the various applications and permits needed to proceed will go forth without neighborhood conflict – without the need for future hearings and proceedings regarding restrictions as to the accompanying heavy traffic, large crowds, loud music and annoying and intrusive nighttime lighting … perhaps.
There are still a great many individuals who believe in the honor of a handshake; with Mr. Dougherty and his ilk, I would strongly suggest bringing your salt shaker.