Hundreds of people from across the Triangle flooded East Cedar Street on Saturday, kicking off North Carolina Beer Month with a selection of 12 beers, food trucks and live music at Bond Brothers Beer Company.
Although the festival was set to begin at 2 p.m. and run until 10 p.m., local beer enthusiasts already were savoring their new local favorites before the scheduled start time and stayed until after midnight.
Co-owner Jeremy Bond said 5,000 people came to the brewery throughout the day.
“Everything was wonderful,” said Bond, who owns the brewery with his twin brother, Jay, along with Andy Schnitzer and Whit Baker.
The downtown Cary brewery opened in early March but held its grand opening celebration this weekend. This event featured new releases of Bond Brothers beer, special collaboration beers and a new beer garden.
“There’s a little bit more landscaping going into the beer garden,” Bond said. “We’re going to have some cornhole boards soon, but for the most part that’s done.”
Local bands Chatham County Line and Diamond Creek kept festival-goers on their feet, dancing to American bluegrass for several hours. Attendees also sported Bond Brothers T-shirts and hats, which they were able to purchase on site.
“It was fun,” Bond said.
A former carpet distribution center at 202 E. Cedar St., was converted into the “upscale but easy-going” brewery, featuring a 4,600-square-foot brewing area and a 2,300-square-foot tap room.
Bond Brothers Beer Company now will be open every day – 2 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 2 p.m. to midnight Friday; noon to midnight Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Food trucks will be on site regularly, including Tuesdays and weekends, because the brewery won’t serve food.
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608, @KTrogdon