Growing up in the ‘60s and ‘70s when “there wasn’t that much around,” Mitch Woodward says he didn’t really know what good beer was, until he tasted craft beer.
“I went into a bar and ordered something – maybe Dogfish,” he said. “I thought, ‘oh is this what beer is supposed to be like?’”
Woodward and sons Zach and Ethan have been home brewing out of their garage for about 10 years. Now the Woodward family, with Zach as the brewer, is planning to open Holly Springs Nano Brewing sometime next year in downtown Holly Springs.
The Woodwards found a bank that was for sale, but wasn’t moving. A vault inside the building posed a major obstacle for many potential buyers, but for a brewery? No problem. “It will make a great cooler,” Woodward said.
Last weekend, Woodward enlisted the help of family and friends to continue demolishing the inside of the building. This video shows the progress they made – Woodward wants to chronicle the process of turning a bank into a brewery. (Stay tuned – social media will be up soon!)
Holly Springs Nano Brewery will likely offer a range of brews – light American lager, IPA, kolsch, black IPA and certainly some Belgians. Woodward likes to experiment a bit, with options like a sweet potato beer, habanero-spiced ale and an oak-aged porter.
The nano brewery will certainly add to the growing beer dynasty in southwest Wake County. Holly Springs is also home to Carolina Brewing Co., Wake County’s oldest, and nearby Fuquay-Varina is home to the three establishments of Aviator Brewing Co. Read recent article in The News & Observer.