When Gibb’s Hundred Brewing opened at its West Lewis Street location in downtown Greensboro, it marked the beginning of a major shift in the neighborhood that’s evolved considerably in the last three years. But now, the brewery is relocating.
Co-owner Mark Gibb confirmed that Gibb’s Hundred will be relocating to State Street sometime in the next six months.
Gibb said they bought a building at 504 State St. across from La Bamba restaurant that’s actually set up as a private tennis court. The steel building with a concrete floor will make the brewery’s growing production easier, Gibb said, adding that the small size of their current space made a move inevitable.
In addition to a taproom, they intend to create an outdoor beer garden, “which is something we just can’t have in this space here now,” Gibb said.
Gibb’s Hundred operates a 15-barrel brewhouse, and there’s still plenty of capacity in their current brew system, he said. But they need more fermentation tanks — that’s where most breweries experience a bottleneck, Gibb said. And as the brewery ramps up its canning operation, it will need more storage space, too.
Not dissimilar from West Lewis Street, Greensboro’s State Street is experiencing a commercial rebirth. Revitalization of the adjacent Golden Gate Shopping Center is well underway thanks to the likes of the Green Bean, Melt Kitchen & Bar, ZC Hawaiian BBQ and Air Fun Trampoline Park in particular.
And on State Street, Vida Pour Tea and high-end, yoga-centric chain Lululemon are indicators of the street’s new era. It’s a short street, running between North Elm and North Church streets, and is actually incredibly close to Revolution Mill (the home of the new Natty Greene’s), at least as the crow flies. But otherwise, there are no other bars in the immediate area.
Gibb said there isn’t a new tenant lined up yet for their current location. Developer Andy Zimmerman, who owns the Lewis Street building, said they are in negotiations for letting the brewery out of its lease — there are almost two years left on it, he said.
“I’m grateful that he took the risk at the beginning to locate on Lewis Street, and now Lewis Street has built up to be what I think might be the entertainment district of downtown,” Zimmerman said. “I’m excited for Mark. He obviously feels like this move will be better for his business. If we can come to an agreement for getting him out of the lease, I’m excited for what else could go in there.”
Zimmerman would not offer details on what sort of business might fill the void.
Gibb’s Hundred Brewing celebrates its third anniversary this weekend at its current location.