The back of Buzz Beer Wine Shop is all set up to act as a convivial watering hole. Long tables run down the center of the room, a small bar sits off to the side and large windows look out onto downtown's 5th street. But while the space already operates somewhat like a bar, there's one big drawback: Because of Buzz's liquor license, the business is only allowed to offer two ounce pours.

This makes it a great resource for tasting wines and beers you might be interested in purchasing in the shop, but it doesn't make for a place you'd hang out and socialize with friends. Which is why Buzz is petitioning to change their license, allowing them to become a proper wine and beer bar. It would also allow customers to buy a bottle of wine in the store and consume it on premises.

Apart from being great for Buzz, the change could be great for downtown as well. It's a neighborhood rich in cocktail bars, but there aren't nearly as many wine-focused bars to choose from. Add to that Buzz's seriously fun wine selection and its constantly-changing, amazing beer lineup, and the store could turn into a fantastic, low-key spot for wine and beer nerds to drink and socialize.

You can help Buzz in their quest by signing this petition in support of removing the 2 ounce clause from their license.

See also: Three Bottles One Shop: Buzz Beer Wine Shop

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