They just keep coming.
According to the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild, our state boasts the largest number of craft breweries in the South with more than 300 locations. And soon, we’re about to have a few more. Here are just a few of the recently opened, or soon-to-be open, breweries in the Triad.
SouthEnd Brewing Co.
117B W. Lewis St. Soft opened in late-October, grand opening on Friday from noon to midnight. Find on Facebook.
SouthEnd Brewing Co. opened its doors last week and takes up space in downtown Greensboro in the building that once housed Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Co. before Gibb’s moved to its new location on State Street last year. Now, father-son team Eric and Seth Kevorkian have moved in, bringing with them a brand-new kitchen, extended patio and crowlers!
“We opened the brewery because the space was vacant and it’s a very compelling place to put a brewery,” co-owner Eric says. “Southend is developing rapidly and the absence of Gibb’s Hundred created an opportunity for a taproom-style brewery.”
Kevorkian, who has been brewing beer at home for the past few years, says he hopes to bring new life to the location, namely with the brewery’s new beers and pub-style food such as wings, brisket, crab cakes, chips and paninis — all made in-house. So far, they’ve been able to fill their 14 taps with a dozen of their beers as well as two ciders from Bull City Ciderworks out of Durham. The brewery’s most popular selections include the Flying Hyena Pale Ale, the Wendover River Blonde Ale and the Intrepid Goal IPA. While Kevorkian doesn’t envision having a large distribution of their beers, he says the option to take beer home in crowlers — large, 32-ounce cans — should satisfy customers for now.
“The ultimate goal is to be a strong and welcoming spot in the community,” he says.
804 W. Gate City Blvd. Opening in November 2019. Find on Facebook.
Using the building their great, great grandfather William Lafayette Oden built in 1936, Mary Garner Oden hopes to revitalize a section of Gate City Boulevard with the opening of her family’s new brewery, Oden Brewing, this fall.
“We had this building and we wanted to restore it and keep it really cool and give back to this community,” Oden says.
Oden says her family, which includes her parents Jan and Bill, owns four houses around the brewery that they eventually want to use to build out a whole Oden brewing campus — complete with a restaurant, a café and maybe even an Airbnb. But for now, they’re just focused on opening the brewery.
Oden says that the family has done what they can to preserve the interior of the building, which once housed the Buffalo Rock Co. bottling plant.
“We’re keeping the character and everything intact,” she says. “It’s all the old brick — the floors are concrete. But you can tell they’ve been through some things. It’s cool and aged. We’re trying to keep it as historic as possible.”
Oden hopes the historic aspect of the space as well as the beers will bring customers through the doors and life back to the building.
“We’re really passionate about the space and the beers and we hope that that shines through,” she says.
Location TBD. Planned opening date in summer of fall 2020. Find on Facebook.
Drawing from his family’s French and Belgian roots, Jordan DuBois hopes to bring craft beer to the northwestern outskirts of Forsyth County next fall.
“There’s a lack of options for locals in that area,” says DuBois, the owner of Brouwerij DuBois (pronounced “browery”. “There are some bars and restaurants with craft beers but there’s no brewery. It felt like a good opportunity.”
While he hasn’t settled on a location yet, DuBois says he’s looking for a small plot of land to build a small taproom and brewhouse with enough outdoor space for a garden to grow his own hops. He wants it to feel more like a quaint vineyard than a rowdy brewery.
“I want it to be comfortable,” he says. “Not necessarily hustling and bustling.”
DuBois, who has been brewing beer at home for about five years, hopes to focus mostly on farmhouse style ales like saisons and will be the producing beer using a manual one-barrel brew system. No buttons or touchscreens here. And that’s exactly how he wants it, he says.
“My great grandfather came from Belgium and settled in Iowa and my mom is from a farming family,” DuBois says. “[Farming has] been in my family my whole life.
“It’s gonna be a lot of work but that’s the way I want it to be where I can literally have my hands on every batch,” he continues. “It’s not necessarily city life. It can move a little bit slower and that fits the style of beer.”
Radar Brewing Company
216 E. Ninth St. Opening this year. Find on Facebook.
Radar Brewing Co. owners Aaron Wall, Aaron Sizemore and Eric Peck aren’t new to the Triad beer scene. All three have worked in local breweries like Natty Greene’s and Foothills for the last decade or so. Now, they’re starting their own business in Winston-Salem.
“Aaron Sizemore and I have been brewing together since the late ’90s,” Wall says. “All that time we’ve been taking meticulous notes. We didn’t always know that we would be translating those over to a commercial setting.”
Now that they’ve found their own space in which to create, Wall says they’re changing things up a bit. Namely, Wall says that there are no plans for the brewery to do any distribution of their beers.
“We place a high value on the experience of coming into our facility, and a lot of care and thought has gone into the sensory elements of that space,” Walls says. “Whether it’s visual, sound, touch. We really want the Radar Beer experience to be actually coming to our brewery and experiencing it.”
To draw customers in, he says they plan to host events and unique pairings with food trucks too. But in the end, he hopes that the beer and the physical space speak for themselves.
“We’ve created the space with the things we really enjoy, and we’ll create the beers from the same flavor approach as well,” he says.
Paddled South Brewing Co.
Location TBD. Opening late summer/early fall 2020. Find on Facebook.
Giving back to the community will be a central point in Paddled South Brewing’s business model. As teachers, husband and wife David and Amy Nissen understand the importance of community as it relates to their new business.
“We want to be known as a community brewery,” David says. “We’re rooted here. This is a special place to her and to me.”
While the duo hasn’t found a space for Paddled South to call home yet, David hopes to infuse the interior with outdoorsy details like river rocks embedded in the bars and walls painted like mountains. The two also plan to host events like running clubs as well as charity drives at least once a month to benefit local organizations.
“We just want people to view us as a space where they can come and hang out,” David says.
As for the beer, he says they’ll have all of the usuals like IPAs, blondes, stouts and lagers but that those who want to try them will have to come to the brewery to do so.
“We’d much rather be like ‘If you want this beer, you have to stop in High Point and try it,’” he says.
For those that want to take beers home, he’ll offer a crowler option.
“Our goal is to make good beer at a reasonable price and give people a place where their family can hang out and to give back to the community,” David says.