Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Free Range Brewing joins NoDa beer cluster

Another brewery is setting up shop in NoDa, near Birdsong Brewing, NoDa Brewing Co. and Heist Brewery: Free Range Brewing has a lease for a new building.

The company is taking a 5,400-square-foot space at 2320 North Davidson Street, Daniel Hartis of Charlotte Beer reports.

From Charlotte Beer
Free Range is the brainchild of brothers Jeff and Jason Alexander. They've been brewing up batches at home already, and won N.C. Brewer of the Year at the N.C. Brewers and Music Festival earlier this year.

One delay the brothers could face is that the federal government isn't issuing new licenses to brew or approving new beer labels now, thanks to the shutdown. Here's Charlotte Beer's take on the situation:
"No licenses or labels have gone through since the government shutdown, and a backlog could mean several months before Free Range Brewing’s license is approved.

In the meantime, however, Jason and Jeff will set to work building out the space they have envisioned for some time. In addition to the brewery, Free Range will have a small kitchen that they will use to prepare lots of seasonal, farm-to-fork dishes. The kitchen will come later, but Free Range should be able to open with a prep space and the ability to serve cheese, charcuterie and freshly-baked bread."

In addition to above-mentioned NoDa breweries, Free Range will be joining a Charlotte brewery lineup that includes Olde Mecklenburg, Triple C and the new Unknown Brewing Co.

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Garth Vader said...

One shouldn't need some pinhead bureaucrat's blessing to sell beer.