The way has been cleared for Hesperia's first microbrewery to open later this year.


The Hesperia Planning Commission voted Thursday night to approve a required permit for the Oak Hills Brewing Company to set up shop in the industrial district of the city on the 12200 block of Poplar Street.


City staff recommended the planning commission approve the microbrewery's conditional use permit to allow the manufacture and sale of beer.


The city did receive one phone call opposed to the microbrewery. The caller promised to fax a letter detailing why but never sent one.


The commission voiced their support for the proposal.


"I like the idea," commissioner Bill Jensen said. "I hope you have a good Oktoberfest brew."


When it opens, the Oak Hills Brewing Company will offer tasters, pints, kegs and growlers refillable jugs of beer of a rotating selection of beers, according to a press release from the company.


The microbrewery's public hearing went much smoother than Thursday night's main event: a proposal to allow marijuana dispensaries to operate within city limits.


"Pretty easy on you today," commission president Chris Elvert told Oak Hills Brewing Company co-owner Jerry Hackbarth. "We'll see about the next subject coming up."


The commission approved the brewery's permit by a 5-0 vote.


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