Bryan Ritter, the brewer of Boiler Room Brewhaus Microbrewery, who along with wife, Barbara, run the establishment, lobbied for a change in local law, so they won’t have to have 30 percent of their profit in food sales at the microbrewery.
The question will be put to the public on November 6 in Bourbon County.
These are the comments Ritter made at the forum:
“As a business owner and a citizen of Bourbon County I’m here today to ask for your support and a yes vote in November,” he said. “By voting yes, you are voting in support of new business and new visitors to our great city and county.”
” My wife and I own and operate the new microbrewery in town, let me quickly tell you about two of our customers. Jim, who has been traveling to our area for many years, has always stayed in Nevada, once he heard that there was a microbrewery in Fort Scott he now stays at the Sleep Inn.”
“Another customer drove over a 100 miles just to visit our microbrewery,” Ritter told the candidate forum audience. “He suggested that for us to comply with the dated law we should sell a hot dog with every beer. ”
“Over 30% of the counties in Kansas have already done away with this dated law and with your support so will Bourbon County.”
” Let’s change the narrative from ‘here’s your hot dog that comes with a beer’ to ‘here’s your beer would you like a hotdog’? We make great craft beer and we don’t want to make food, your yes vote will help support us, Fort Scott and Bourbon County.”