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    Norfolk, Virginia, Approves Military-Themed Brewery Despite Some Community Pushback

    Norfolk, Virginia, Approves Military-Themed Brewery Despite Some Community Pushback

    , Va. — A military-themed brewery will open in Virginia despite some community opposition over alleged racist and homophobic remarks of a former U.S. Navy who has a small ownership stake in the business.

    Norfolk's City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday to approve permits for Armed Forces Brewing Company's taproom and distribution facility, which will be just a few miles (kilometers) from the nation's largest Navy .

    The City Council bucked recommendations by the city's planning commission and a local neighborhood association to deny the permits, while many residents said the brewery would be a terrible fit. They argued its ownership doesn't reflect the diversity of the U.S. military, veterans or this liberal-leaning city on the Chesapeake Bay.

    The brewery markets itself with politically conservative ads. Its leadership said the resistance was purely over its owners' political views or cherry picked social media posts made by minority shareholders.

    Alan Beal told the council that everyone is welcome at the brewery, while its focus is “making great beer and helping veterans and their family members.”

    Most of Norfolk's City Council members said the matter was simply a land-use issue and nothing more.

    “These posts do not respect the LGBTQ community, women or our Norfolk values,” Councilwoman Courtney Doyle said of promotional videos and social media posts linked to the brewery or its shareholders. “But…

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