2014 Brews Up a Craft Beer Business Boost Around the Port City
WILMINGTON — 2014 served up big changes for Wilmington Homebrew Supply. Owners John and Michelle Savard moved the shop from a 900 square foot space to a nearly 12,000 square foot facility. Plus, opened their brewing business and tap room.
"It’s been kind of a whirlwind year," said Michelle.
"We’re finding we’re brewing a lot more beer than expected, we’re hiring more people than expected and we’re doing a little better than expected," said John.
In the last year they said three other breweries popped up in New Hanover County, along with another retail store downtown, and a brew bus tour.
"It is friendly competition, we’re all friends, even the bottle shops that are popping up are buddies of ours, the whole brewing scene in Wilmington has really expanded quickly," said Michelle.
And before 2015 even started, at least two new breweries were on tap for the downtown area.One gave an old historic building in the Brooklyn Arts District new life."Nationwide we have seen that breweries are good opportunities for adaptive, reuse of older buildings, older industrial buildings that might be sitting vacant," said Dylan Lee with the City of Wilmington.All the brewing companies that poured into the Port City had to pass through […]