The first two batches of beer are in the fermenting tanks at Brown Truck Brewing in High Point.
Brewmaster and co-owner Ian Burnett started a pale ale on Jan. 14 and a saison on Jan. 16. He plans to start two more batches tomorrow and Wednesday.
“We’ve got four fermentation tanks, each one filled with a different style of beer,” Burnett said. “When we open up we’re going to have four, maybe five different types if I push it.”
Burnett, who previously worked for Foothills Brewing in Winston-Salem, has been working to get the brewhouse set up since May. The new brewpub, a focal point of efforts to revitalize High Point’s Uptowne district, has passed all city inspections, and secured its ABC permit.
While Burnett cleaned the brewhouse on Monday, his partners Britt Lytle and John Vaughan were interviewing a prospective bartender in the pub.
The partners have completely renovated the building, which formerly housed At Your Service Today Appliance Repair, in December 2013. They replaced the plate glass window on the street front and installed rough-cut wood salvaged from a barn in High Point on the sidewall and along the bar. The bar top is made out of finished concrete, and used metal beams salvaged from construction demolition for the foot rail.
The renovation includes a new door cut into the side wall, opening onto a beer garden tucked in a corner created by the pub and the brewhouse. The exterior wall facing onto the beer garden retains a mural depicting dead rock stars like Janis Joplin and Roy Orbison that was painted by Patch Whisky and Siobhan Shene in 2012. Circular patterned brickwork and a wood deck complete the surface of the beer garden, which is delineated by a hedgerow and three tree starts.
The brewery will be ready to open to the public once the pub and beer garden are furnished and the first batches of beer complete fermentation. The partners said they don’t have a specific date set yet, but Lytle said the opening will likely take place in the “next several weeks.”
Brown Truck Brewing will be High Point’s second brewpub. Liberty Brewery & Grill, located next to the old Oak Hollow Mall, opened in 2000.
Brown Truck Brewing was conceived as a destination in the heart of an area of the city slated for revitalization. The owners hope it will appeal to residents and students at High Point University who want to walk in off street. As a pub that serves only beer, they hope their business will complement area restaurants, while also hosting food trucks.
“At the end of the day I just want people to have a good beer and have a good time,” Burnett said.