Brewery may set up shop in Chic's Beach


From West Coast hoppy ales to traditional English styles, Commonwealth Brewing Co. wants to serve them up in Chic’s Beach.

The Planning Commission has unanimously approved a conditional use permit for owner Jeramy Biggie to operate his craft brewery from the vacant Chesapeake Beach Volunteer Fire and Rescue center at 2444 Pleasure House Road.

Biggie plans to renovate the structure and create a brewing and production space with an adjoining tasting room.

Several neighbors voiced concerns about traffic and parking at a public hearing Wednesday. The design calls for 31 parking spaces.

Commissioner Jeff Hodgson, the Beach District representative, knocked back those concerns, saying it would be more than ample parking for such a venue, citing his observations while patronizing a brewery near his home at the Oceanfront.

The City Council will vote on the application Dec. 9.