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River Styx Brewing, which is planning to open a tap room at 166 Boulder Drive this summer, has secured its alcohol permit from the License Commission.

“We’re very thrilled to have this type of a use in our downtown,” Director of Economic Development Mary Jo Bohart said during a public hearing on the license. “As you’ve probably all seen, as microbrewery-type ventures get launched in other communities it spawns a wonderful type of new appeal for a downtown.”

The permit will allow customers to purchase and consume beer produced by brewery at it location when the tap room opens July 1, or possibly earlier, co-founder and Ashburnham resident Jackie Cullen said.

The proprietor of Fort Hill Brewery is seeking permission to pour pints of lager for visitors to his state-of-the-art facility on Fort Hill Road in Easthampton. reports that owner and head brewer Eric Berzins appeared before the Easthampton Licensing Board on Monday night with his request. The commission took no immediate action, and agreed to inspect and tour the facility on Oct. 20.

Currently, Berzins has a farmer-brewery license, which allows him to brew beer on premises and sell it wholesale. The license also lets him sell retail bottles to customers, if they are opened and consumed off-premises. He is also permitted to give small samples to visitors.

When the Massachusetts Food Association, representing more than 600 stores in the state, asked voters in 2006 to allow wine to be sold in food stores, it triggered one of the most expensive ballot-question campaigns in state history, with opposing sides combined spending more than $11.5 million.

Last week, the Food Association took another shot at it by filing two ballot questions with state Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office, one that would allow food stores to sell wine and a second to allow grocery stores and supermarkets to sell beer and wine, under local control, according to the Boston Globe.

The news of a possible second round in the wine-and-beer retail battle has sparked strong reaction from local merchants, wholesale liquor distributors, and residents.

Alcohol regulators in Massachusetts are wisely pulling back from a potential rules change that had small beer brewers across the state fuming.

The change approved last week by the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission would have required brewers operating under a so-called farmer-brewery license to grow at least half the hops and grains they use, or get them from a domestic source.

Regulators at the state ABCC said the change was designed in part to promote farming in Massachusetts.

The Amherst Select Board has granted Jason DiCaprio a full liquor license for a new brewery called High Horse that will move into space now occupied by the Amherst Brewing Company on North Pleasant Street.

That eatery is moving at the end of the month and reopening at the former Leading Edge fitness facility August.

DiCaprio not only had to apply for the license, he also had a stipulation in his lease that within 30 days of receiving that license he join the University of Massachusetts Campus and Community Coalition to Reduce High-Risk Drinking.