There are so many breweries coming to the Triangle in 2017 that just one column couldn’t cover them all. So one week after writing 850 words on the topic, I’m back with even more on new breweries set to open in the next year.
Coming to Durham is a partnership between two popular beer businesses from a few miles west.
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It will be called Beer Study, just like the Chapel Hill location, but it will combine both businesses. In addition to selling bottles and cans, the new Beer Study will have beers on tap – including many from Starpoint, which is also going to grow its production with a new brewing facility in the back. And, according to our friends at the Triangle Business Journal, Chapel Hill barcade The Baxter will also be contributing some games to the new space.
Also in Durham, Bull City Ciderworks is finally returning to town. The company has been making its cider 90 miles away in Lexington since last April, when the police bought their building in downtown Durham. A Kickstarter campaign brought in nearly $30,000 to help them find a new Durham home, and now spokeswoman Melissa Chieffe said the cidery should re-open next month, at 305 S. Roxboro St.
“Our latest update from the contractor is that we should be ready in early February,” she said. “We plan to set a grand opening date very soon, which we will announce on social media.”
An unusual project taking shape near RTP is Barrel Culture Brewing and Blending. It’s a first-of-its-kind undertaking for this area, led by Steve English. English plans to open with 100 or more oak barrels to produce funky and sour wild ales, barrel-aged beers and specialty-blended concoctions. In other words, you won’t find much typical beer once it opens.
Even the tap handles, English said, will be wrought iron pieces forged by a blacksmith well-known among beer nerds nationally, who goes by the nickname Whaleslayer.
The plan for now is that it will open this summer at 4913 S. Alston Ave., Durham – not far from the intersection of N.C. 55 and Interstate 40. Beer nerds will recognize the location as being very close to The Glass Jug, a popular bottle shop off of N.C. 55.
Continuing west on I-40 into Orange County and the little town of Hillsborough will bring you to Mystery Brewing. Later this year, company founder Erik Lars Myers plans build a restaurant at the brewery. Myers and crew will also start producing their first year-round offering, instead of just making seasonal beers. Golden Hind, a pale ale, will be available starting next month.
In Cary, lovers of kombucha will have reason to rejoice when Tribucha Kombucha opens in a familiar spot. They’ll be sharing space at Fortnight Brewing, both at the bar and in the production area. Tribucha plans to be open by mid-February.
Tribucha already distributes its kombucha – which is a fermented tea that’s becoming more popular with every passing month – to about 100 different stores. This facility will let them expand their production and give them to ability to serve it to people straight from the tap.
“It will be one of, if not the largest, kombucha brewery on the East Coast,” said Adrien Larrea, one of Tribucha’s founders.
In Eastern Wake County, meanwhile, Knightdale and Wendell will soon get breweries.
In Wendell, Four Wagons Brewing Co. hasn’t opened but is making beer, and giving it away at free tastings around town for feedback. Once open, they’ll share space with Wine and Beer 101, a bottle shop at 21 N. Main St.
In Knightdale, Oak City Brewing Co. has been open for a year now, selling other people’s beers. But the plan was always to make and sell their own as well, and the brewers say that should become a reality by mid-2017. It’s located at 616 N. 1st Ave.
Finally, four updates on businesses I mentioned last week.
▪ The Raleigh location of the Tobacco Road Sports Cafe – including the chain’s first brewery – opened this week at 505 W. Jones St. (where Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. used to be).
▪ Just south of downtown on the Raleigh-Garner border, Brice’s Brewing Co. will have its grand opening on Jan. 14. They’re located at 1822 Garner Station Blvd., which is off U.S. 401 just south of Tryon Road.
▪ In Durham, Modern Romance owner Paul Hobson said they’re in the second round of negotiations for a spot in the Bull City, after an earlier location fell through. He said he’ll announce where the brewery will be once they have signed a lease and gotten financing.
“That would potentially put us open late this year or early (2018) depending on the timing of that, the bank, and then just the usual, boring buildout and permitting process,” Hobson said.
▪ Also in Durham, Hope Valley Brewing Co. no longer plans to brew its own beer – at least not in the near future – although it will continue with its brewpub business at 4810 Hope Valley Rd. that has been open since last year.
“We are really focusing on unique, special food and craft beer offerings from brewers in N.C. and beyond,” co-owner Peter Michaels said.
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