Sycamore Brewing


A Construction and Build-Out Update

The number one question we get these days is, "When will Sycamore Brewing officially open?"  

We removed the old concrete and cut down the mechanics'  service trenches to make way for our new sloped production floor and trench drains.

The good news is that all systems are still go for this summer.  In fact, if it fell completely on our timeline, we might have been able to open our doors next month.  The reality is, however, that there are other considerations somewhat outside of our control.  Navigating the permitting waters with the city and county is no joke, and has absolutely been our number one delay.  

Trenches have been cut to allow for new plumbing and our draught lines.

Thankfully, as of today, our plans are fully approved both for the building and our overall site! Now, with construction on the cusp of kicking into full swing, opening this summer still seems do-able.  Demo is behind us, and our building has been taken back to the exterior masonry walls.  The production area floor will be re-poured, complete with drainage.  Trenches have been cut to allow for process piping and plumbing.  Progress!

Our building was once a Ryder Truck Rentals garage, and we've managed to repurpose an old engine hoist beam as a header in our taproom.  This has allowed us to convert a simple doorway into a 10'x10' opening, to be completed with sliding barn doors by the time we open.  

An inscription on our floor.  "Through this door go the best RTR diesel mechanics, Amen." 1967 (Ryder truck Rentals)

Opening up our taproom with a repurposed engine hoist as the header.

On the equipment side of things, everything has been ordered and is scheduled for a near-term arrival.  Our local NC brewhouse is being fabricated; our NC glycol chiller is being constructed; and our NC boiler has been sourced.  (Notice a theme here?)

Our locally made 15 BBL brewhouse is currently being fabricated just up the road.

When Sarah and I thought about our tap line-up, it was important to us that we have a dynamic offering.  Our goal is to make the taproom a place that we will really enjoy having a few pints ourselves, and we're both very excited to be running 16 ever-changing draught lines, with a few other surprises in store.  We understand that it will take a while before we are able to fully flesh sixteen taps out, but we think the end result will be really exciting.  Variety is the spice of life, after all.

On another note, thank you as always to those of you who have been following our progress.  Seeing our stickers and t-shirts around town is amazing!  

A thank you is also in order for our South End neighbors, Triple C Brewing and The Unknown Brewing Co.  The camaraderie and help we have been shown is really special.  Thank you!