Bond Brothers Beer Company, a long-awaited addition to Cary’s downtown, opened Friday, March 4.
The brewery will start with three beers on tap: an IPA, a golden ale and a Belgian golden strong ale. Up to 10 more beer options will be added as the brewery’s April 2 grand opening celebration approaches.
“We are excited to see people’s reactions after putting all this time and resources into making the brewery and taproom the way we wanted it to be,” said Andy Schnitzer, co-owner of Bond Brothers.
Schnitzer owns the brewery with twin brothers, Jay and Jeremy Bond, and Whit Baker.
A former carpet distribution center at 202 E. Cedar St., was converted into an “upscale but easy-going” brewery, featuring a 4,600-square-foot brewing area and a 2,300-square-foot tap room.
Inside the tap room, some of the tiles are missing behind the wall and one more layer needs to be added to the bar top, but Schnitzer and his partners are ready to serve their award-winning beer.
“We’re working during the day and serving on weekends,” he said.
About 3,000 square feet of outdoor space for a beer garden is expected to be completed in two to three weeks – just in time for the official grand opening.
The April 2 celebration, which will run from 2 p.m. to closing, will feature beer, food trucks and live music to kick off North Carolina Beer Month. The brewery announced Friday that Chatham County Line will perform.
The addition gives downtown more evening destinations within walking distance of one another, including Crosstown Pub and The Pharmacy further down East Chatham Street and The Mayton Inn’s bar around the corner on Academy Street.
This only help business, Schnitzer said.
“The general idea is that the more places there are to visit, the more likely someone is to take a trek to downtown Cary, especially if they live outside of Cary,” he said. “The more places there are to go, especially walkable places. That’s really what attracted us to this space is we’re walkable to downtown Cary.”
Before the grand opening, the brewery will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. It also will be open some weekdays. Jay Bond said they would let customers know when their hours they during the week via social media.
After April 2, the brewery will be open noon to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and noon to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
A larger project
The brewery space is part of Northwoods Associates LP’s plan to renovate Midtown Square Shopping Center. They also plan to build a 25,000-square-foot, three-story office/retail space next door.
Renovations to the Midtown Square Shopping Center are expected to be completed in the spring with the office/retail space next door to be completed by the fall. The current shopping center tenants – Brentwood Carpets, Capital Vacuum Floor-Care World and Just Tires – will stay put.
One vacant spot in the center is expected to house a new restaurant that has yet to be announced. The restaurant will go in the former Dorry’s Downtown Deli, which closed in 2014.
There also will be food trucks on site regularly because the brewery won’t serve food, Schnitzer said.
The Town of Cary anticipates beginning construction of the Cedar Street public parking lot in late winter or early spring. The 29-space lot, located a quarter-mile east of the intersection of Academy and Chatham streets, will be completed in late spring.
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608, @KTrogdon
Want to go?
▪ Bond Brothers Beer Company is at 202 E. Cedar St., in downtown Cary. Customers are encouraged to park along Cedar Street while construction is going on at the site.
▪ Before the grand opening, the brewery will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and some weekdays. Weekday hours will be announced on facebook.com/BondBrosBeer. After April 2, the brewery will be open noon to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and noon to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.