Craft brew lovers in this town have been logging miles to Raleigh for some time now to satisfy their cravings.
But soon, they’ll be able to grab their homemade beer close to home.
The Garner Town Council unanimously voted to approve a special use permit for Brice’s Brewing Company at their council meeting Tuesday night. Expected to open this summer, Brice’s Brewing will become the first brewery in Garner.
Other Triangle towns are also seeing craft breweries pop up in their towns as well.
There was no opposition from council members. The few questions that were asked surrounded parking.
The brewery will be located on 1822 Garner Station Boulevard, off U.S. 401.
The hours of operation will be Wednesday through Friday 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday noon to 8 p.m. They will be closed on Monday and Tuesday.
It will have a tap room and a service area.
It’s been a long time coming for Kris Bengston and his wife Dana, the brewery’s owners.
The couple tried to raise $50,000 in June last year through a Kickstarter program to get started. Their sights were set on a spot in the Historic Downtown area. But they did not reach the $50,000 goal they needed to reach to keep the money.
However, it wasn’t all bad. Their campaign attracted some investors and with the help and support of local breweries in Raleigh, the couple was able to get the ball rolling.
It also tends to be more expensive to house a business in a downtown.
They decided to find a different place to house their business found one on U.S. 401.
Bengston said they came to Garner because they wanted to be the first in the area.
“People, when they drink beer, they’d rather go to the source first and how cool is it that the source is a mile down from your house rather than having to drive to Raleigh?” Kris Bengston said.
Bengston has said the plan is to have 31 different beer styles in the first year, using local ingredients. There will be nine standard beers throughout the year, mostly Belgians, and 22 different seasonal beers.