The brewery scene in western Wake County shows no signs of slowing down.
Bond Brothers Beer Company opened earlier this year, joining Fortnight Brewing in Cary as a place for local brews and entertainment.
Aviator Brewing Co. in Fuquay-Varina has expanded its production brewery and has plans to launch a small distillery to produce gin, vodka, brandy and moonshine.
They’re getting some company. Southern Peak Brewery recently opened in Apex, and Jordan Lake Brewing Company is under construction in Cary.
We talked to owners about what’s brewing.
Southern Peak Brewery
Southern Peak Brewery had their grand opening June 4, said Kenneth Michalski, one of the two owners.
He said the place was packed until about closing and featured live music.
“It was great to see the support that we had,” he said.
Michalski and his business partner, Nathan Poissant, have been home brewing for years. Michalski said he and Poissant talked about starting the brewery for almost five years before they got serious about it two years ago.
“We wanted to do something different,” he said. “We wanted to bring back the neighborhood brewery.”
Michalski said their idea of a “neighborhood brewery” and their desire to be part of the community inspired their vision.
They’re known for their IPA, and they’re very proud of their Village Series of beers, which features seasonal rotations that Michalski says will give people something new to try out. The regular rotation includes the Southern Charm Ale, the Peak City Golden Lager and the 1911 Black Lager, a nod to the fire of 1911 that came through Apex.
They also brew and sell their own kombucha, which is described as “tart, slightly sweet” fermented organic green and black tea.
With Southern Peak, Michalski hopes to bring people together – where people can come, have a pint and be part of the neighborhood.
He said they eventually hope to offer their beers to other bars on tap. The brewery has a run club that meets on Thursday evenings, and they hope to bring in local music once or twice a month. Food trucks also have been added to the calendar. The taproom is open Thursday through Sunday during the summer.
The details: Southern Peak Brewery is at 950 Windy Road, Suite 100, Apex. Go to southernpeakbrewery.com or follow on Facebook and Twitter.
Jordan Lake Brewing Company
Neighbors Charny Mitchell and Luke Carter plan to turn an old warehouse near downtown Cary into Jordan Lake Brewing Company, a place not only for beer, but for recreation.
With a horse shoe-shaped bar, dart boards and pool tables, they hope to offer a range of events, as well as their beer, when the brewery opens later this summer.
“We have a huge parking lot,” Carter said. “That whole parking lot is ours. So we have space to have bands and outdoor stuff.”
The two men took their fondness for the outdoors and hope to channel it into the atmosphere for the brewery.
“Our idea, with Jordan Lake Brewing Company, was because we’ve had so much fun out at the lake,” Mitchell said. “Fishing and camping and hiking, it’s kind of the atmosphere that we want.”
They started like most breweries do: brewing at home. Mitchell started brewing at home in 2002, and Carter has a Ph.D. in microbiology.
“I know fermentation and the instruments and the way microbes grow and metabolize and all that,” Carter said. That’s why he set out on what he calls a brewery “adventure.”
But what about the beer?
“We wanted to start with a range of ales, from something very light, like a blonde ale, or wit, and going on up through the brown ales into an oatmeal stout,” he said. “We’ve got a really good oatmeal stout that I think people are going to love.”
While the their the third brewery to come to Cary, they said it doesn’t feel like a competition to them.
“Breweries actually complement each other,” Carter said. “The more you have in an area, the more people like it. So they help each other, rather than being competitors.”
The details: Jordan Lake Brewing Company will be at 320 E. Durham Road, Cary. Follow the brewery’s progress on its Facebook page or go to jordanlakebrewing.com.
Bond Brothers Beer Company
Bond Brothers, also in downtown Cary, is growing its roots in the community.
Since the grand opening in April, co-owners Jay and Jeremy Bond and Andy Schnitzer said the response from area residents has been “amazing.” They had to buy two new tanks to keep up with demand, they said.
They’ve had multiple events since opening, including hosting the Guinness World Record Flip-Flop Run, where more than 800 people ran or walked 1k in flip-flops and broke the previous set record. They expanded to daily operations and also have a weekly run club that meets on Tuesday evenings.
They recently introduced 32-ounce to-go cans, which are sold at the brewery but must be imbibed elsewhere.
After being open for a few months, the three men agreed that their most popular beers have been the Cary Gold and Local IPA. The brewery also collaborates with other local breweries. Schnitzer said he doesn’t see the brewery business as a competition, but as a reason for people to come to Cary.
“Its not really competition,” he said. “It’s more of a destination.”
A five-course pop-up dinner with food by Belle’s Catering and Bond Brothers beer is scheduled Saturday, July 30, at 6 p.m. at the Leslie-Alford Mims House in Holly Springs. Details at popuppairings.eventbrite.com.
The details: Bond Brothers Beer Company is at 202 E. Cedar St., Cary. Follow the brewery on social media or go to bondbrothersbeer.com.
Paige Connelly: 919-460-2609, @pconnellly