Jackie O's Pub and Brewery in Athens has gotten clearance to expand its brewing operation. The Athens News reports that the city Board of Zoning Appeals has granted the business a variance so it can start brewing and kegging at an old "cheese barn" off Stimson Avenue. The brewpub needed the variance because city code requires a certain distance between "bottleworks" facilities and residences. Does that mean much-beloved Jackie O's is going to start bottling its beer on a regular basis? "While bottling is a key element to what we want to do, we wouldn't bottle for probably two years," owner Art Oestrike told the newspaper. "That investment in that bottling line is not something we want to do just yet." As for why the brewpub is expanding, he said: "We are really into our high-end products. We don't brew lagers or things along those levels. We're looking for a more full-flavored product, and in order to do that you need to be very clean and orderly with everything going on there." To read the full story, click here.