While national syndicated retail data continues to indicate stagnation in both craft and total beer trends, small new breweries haven’t stopped opening across the US. The array of new brewery stories dizzies, as the below sampling from just the last few weeks indicates. But note: almost all of these projects are incredibly modest in scope and many of the local papers reporting on them exclaim that they represent “the first” brewery in such-and-such a spot.
To wit: what’s the Most Read Dining Story for 417 Magazine this week? Roundup of 4 relatively new southwest Missouri breweries (2 opened last yr, 2 opened earlier this yr), plus sneak peeks at 3 “Coming Soon” breweries preparing to open. Founders of Boat Town saw “that the Lebanon area lacked a brewery”; Wages Brew Co is “the first and only” in West Plains; Tie & Timber Beer Co will be the first brewery in Rountree. Town of Elkhart Lake, WI got its first brewery when SwitchGear Brewing opened this week, Sheboygan Press reported. Brickyard Hollow Brewing looks like it’ll be the first brewery in Yarmouth, ME later this yr, the Press Herald wrote. Modern Methods Brewing could be the first operating brewery in Warren, OH since the 19th C, its founder told the Tribune Chronicle. And town of Sandusky, OH will kick in $32K of total $260K investment planned by local entrepeneur to open Bait House Brewery, “the area’s first microbrewery,” according to the Sandusky Register.
While breweries have operated in New Orleans for some time, local entrepreneurs and developers saw oppy to include a brewery in planned 19-acre entertainment complex in New Orleans East, where no breweries currently operate according to WDSU. Good Bad Ugly Brewing opened earlier this yr as part of Tavern+Bowl, a concept with 4 locations in SoCal, staking its claim as first microbrewery in Glendale, AZ, per the Arizona Republic. Plenty of breweries now operating in and around Pittsburgh, but Center, PA will get its own when Recon Brewing finishes opening, according to the Post-Gazette. So may the communities of Elkton, MD, Huntley IL, Northbridge, MA and Hudson Oaks, TX if recently-approved plans pan out.
Decatur, GA will get its first brewery when Cross-eyed Owl Brewing, which just started construction, opens next yr, according to Decatur Daily. Oconee Brewing Co celebrated its grand opening earlier this month in small Greensboro, GA, which the Atlanta Journal Constitution likened to the small fictional town of Mayberry. Meanwhile, the same paper reported that Atlanta’s mayor assisted in groundbreaking for new facility for Monday Night Brewing in city’s West End nabe. Finally, Watertown, NY does have a brewery already, but it could soon have 3 more joining it, according to WWNY. And just for good measure, a stat: statewide, NY’s “averaging about one brewery every 10 days,” exec director of state guild Paul Leone told the station.