Construction on Cary’s newest craft brewery and bar is now underway.
Andy Schnitzer, a partner in Bond Brothers Beer Company, said construction began July 27. He is opening the brewery and taphouse at 202 E. Cedar St., in downtown Cary with identical twins Jay and Jeremy Bond and head brewer Whit Baker.
Transforming a former carpet distribution warehouse will take about nine weeks before the 5,300-square-foot taproom and beer garden, plus an almost equally large brewing space, is finished, Schnitzer said.
But even after the last nail has been hammered, the brewery likely will still have to wait months to open. They have applied for the federal permits necessary to operate, Schnitzer said, but the best-case scenario is a wait time of 100 days.
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“Optimistically, we could be open by the end of this year,” Schnitzer said. “And originally, we had planned on opening in the spring of 2016, so things are actually going really smooth.”
The operation is opening in an East Chatham Street shopping center that will be renovated by Northwoods Associates LP. Northwoods is spending $5 million renovate what will be known as Midtown Square.
Chatham Street Commerical will handle the leasing. The project, announced in February, also includes a new 25,000-square-foot office building next door.
Schnitzer said the Bond Brothers brand is booming, even though it hasn’t opened yet. The brewery’s Twitter account has been retweeting pictures of people wearing Bond Brothers T-shirts in locations such as Colorado and France.
Schnitzer and the Bonds recently went to Vermont for a wedding and drove in a van sporting the brewery’s logo. They later embarked on a tour of some New England breweries and made an unexpected acquaintance who recognized the van.
“We actually ran into someone from downtown Cary, and he was like, ‘I walk by the brewery every day. Can I get a shirt?’” Schnitzer said. “We were like, ‘Dude! Yeah!’”
Those who want to sample their beer before the official opening might have the chance to get some for free at various Triangle events. They had samples available after the screening at The Cary theater of “Brewconomy,” a documentary on North Carolina’s craft brewing scene.
The company has been brewing small batches of their brews – an India pale ale, a saison and a brown ale – and entering them in competitions. The group has been recognized 25 times at eight competitions since 2012, Schnitzer said. This will be their first commercial operation.
The company is sponsoring the Run Green 8k, an Oktoberfest run in Raleigh on Sept. 19.
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