Food & Drink

Jordan Lake Brewing Company opens in Cary

Jordan Lake Brewing Company’s glasses. The brewery is the third to open in Cary.
Jordan Lake Brewing Company’s glasses. The brewery is the third to open in Cary.

CARY Jordan Lake Brewing Company is opening its doors on a limited basis starting Monday.

The brewery, owned by Charny Mitchell and Luke Carter, is in a former warehouse near downtown Cary at 320 E. Durham Road. They have turned it into an inviting taproom with darts, billiards, cornhole boards and other games. A covered patio is outside. The brewery is both family friendly and dog-friendly.

They secured the final permits they needed and made plans to open, Carter said. For the next few weeks, it will be open daily from 4 to 8 p.m.

About an hour into being officially open, Carter said things seemed to be going well.

“We actually had some people straggling in at 10 til (4 p.m.),” he said. “The guy from the cash register company was still training the staff.”

Carter and Mitchell are neighbors who share a mutual love for camping, beer and the brewery’s namesake, Jordan Lake.

Carter has a Ph.D. in microbiology and chemistry. Mitchell has been a longtime home brewer.

“He’s more the recipe guy,” Carter said. “I’m more the process guy. We complement each other.”

They plan to focus on classic ale styles, from the blond ale “all the way up to the strong Belgians,” Carter said.

They have three beers on tap now: Osprey Oatmeal Stout, Crosswinds IPA, and Sandy Beach Blonde Ale.

“That covers most tastes,” Carter said.

An amber ale, pale ale and a strong Belgian are slated to roll out out as soon as they’re ready.

Once the brewery is open full time, they hope to have two food trucks on site on a daily basis.

For now, Carter said they’re happy to be open after being in the planning stages and construction stages for so long.

“We signed the lease in October 2015, thinking we could be open by February,” said Carter with a laugh. “We got open by February. We just didn’t know it would be 2017.”

Jordan Lake is Cary’s third microbrewery. Bond Brothers Beer Co. opened last year off of East Chatham Street (and is in the running to be USA Today’s Best New Brewery, based on reader votes).

Fortnight Brewing Company is on SW Maynard Road and specializes in English-inspired ales. It opened in 2014.

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