In a big brewery trifecta, Western North Carolina will get another new brewery—and fast. Per the Longmont Times-Call, Oskar Blues Brewery of Longmont, Colo., has signed a lease on a brewery space and adjacent restaurant/music venue in downtown Brevard. The brewery plans to be open for business by December.
From the newspaper article:
“In a statement released late Tuesday, founder Dale Katechis, a mountain biking enthusiast, said he has kept a bike in Brevard, on the edge of the Pisgah National Forest, for years, and travels there frequently to go mountain biking and to attend the annual Mountain Song Music Festival.
“This place rings true with the same eclectic mountain charm that inspired Oskar Blues to put Dale’s Pale Ale in a can back in the day in Lyons,” Katechis said in a statement announcing his plans.
His company has signed a contract on a 30,000-square-foot brewery space adjacent to a 6,000-square-foot restaurant and music venue in downtown Brevard, which he said, has a “small town main street tone” similar to Lyons.
The company has been looking at taking its Colorado operations “to the next level,” Katechis said in the statement, but opening a smaller venue in a community he has an affinity for struck him as “a lot more fun,” as well as allowing the company to save on shipping costs, as more than 35 percent of its beer is sold east of the Mississippi River.
The new venue should be up and running by December, the company said.”
Oskar Blues is well-known for being one of the first craft brewerys to can it’s brew. The brewery was started as a small restaurant/brewpub in 1997 in Lyons, Colorado, near Boulder.
Brevard Brewing Co opened in downtown Brevard just last week, with head brewer Kyle Williams focusing on lager beers.