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It’s really hard to believe that a few folks would raise a stink over the possibility of a small craft (nano) brewery in an industrial area of Kirkland. Must be that these people don’t get out much.

We have no way of knowing just what the “ground rules” will be at the proposed Chainline, but the facts are that the entire concept of small breweries has gone through a major revolution in the last few years. For instance, most microbreweries are both kid and dog friendly. Nearby examples of kid friendly businesses are Bellevue Brewing, 192 Brewing in Kenmore, Flycaster Brewing in Kirkland and Geaux Brewing in Bellevue. Some of these family friendly places have kids play areas, my favorite is Fremont Brewery, and family movie nights.

It’s also important to point out that the local microbreweries that we’re familiar with also have family friendly operating hours; that is they tend to be only open till 8, 9 or 10 p.m. A good example here is the fantastic Black Raven Brewery in Redmond.

To tell the truth, my wife and I are insulted by the aspersions cast by the complainers. To imply that we, in our mid-70s or our friends, fit into the category of reckless and uncaring of our surroundings is uncalled for.

A sad precedent would be set if a small vocal group got to exercise veto power over the establishment of a legitimate business in an appropriately zoned area.

Jim and Carolyn Hitter, Kirkland

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