A whiskey, vodka and gin distillery may be coming to Main Street.

The Bozeman City Commission on Monday will consider an application to open Big Sky Distillery at 121 W. Main St., in the old Schnee’s Boots & Shoes store.

Applicant Jim Harris, a founder of Outside Bozeman magazine, professional photographer and real estate agent, said this week that he hopes to open the micro-distillery and tasting room in late summer or early fall.

City planners are recommending the City Commission approve the project.

Per state law, the distillery would be allowed to serve 2 ounces of liquor per customer per day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., though customers could also buy packaged products to take out. Harris said a glass-enclosed portion of the distillery would allow customers to see how the craft spirits are made.

Until several years ago, there weren’t any micro-distilleries in Montana because it was illegal under Prohibition-era laws. In 2005, the state Legislature approved a licensing framework for the businesses.

The City Commission will consider the proposal for Big Sky Distillery during its regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday at City Hall, 121 N. Rouse Ave.

Meetings are televised live on cable channel 20 and streamed online at www.bozeman.net.

Amanda Ricker can be reached at aricker@dailychronicle.com or 582-2628. She is on Twitter at @amandaricker.

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