It has been a very hectic but fun time at 217 Brew Works. We are in our 6th Month of Operation and we’ve found success in both the Taproom (aka: The Stable) and in the Brewery proper. We will be extending our ours starting May 1st.
John and his team, Sam, Tanya, and Gisselle, have us full up with kegs of our beers brewed in house. He is also having success with outside sales.
We've had a great response from our local and out of town customers, and have hosted quite a few private events including several very successful fundraisers.
Friends Giving drew over 100 new and old friends. The event was designed to be a gathering of new and old friends before the Thanksgiving Holiday so we could be sure to get together before folks left town or celebrated the holiday with Family. Folks came to listen to the Bake Lite Boys (Rick and Ron Ellis) who did two ‘sets’. One of 1940 hits (Sinatra Style) and another ‘Country Hits.’ This was a treat as they were ‘in character’ for both sets. Some of those attending took the challenge and came dressed in their coolest ‘40’s attire. Everyone brought a covered dish to share and also nonperishable food items that were donated to the local food bank.
We also hosted ‘Pints for Paws’ on New Year’s Day, to support our local Wilson County Humane Society. We had over 20 dogs and 60 owners. Once again, our local residents showed their ‘giving’ side by raising over $1400.00 in cash and one full pallet of items to support the shelter.
We are very proud to be a part of this community and dedicated to supporting these types of local not for profit organizations.
Open Mic Night!
Due to its popularity with our regular patrons, and a slow but steady increase in ‘new faces’ we decided to make room in a corner of the taproom for new sound (PA) equipment. Now, when we have musicians who come to play all they need is their instrument. All cables and ‘amplification’ are provided.
We have begun to have food trucks at the brewery on Friday, and Saturday nights on a regular basis. We continue to encourage our customers to bring or order in food from one of the many local restaurants in Wilson (especially in Historic Downtown).
Another project moved forward was our outside seating area and beer garden. We have already installed benches and planters on the patio area directly in front of the building. It was designed to also be a path to the beer garden so folks can enjoy our beers both inside and outside. In the taproom, on the patio, or the beer garden. The beer garden will be surrounded by a fence with gates that will accommodate both foot and vehicle traffic.
The beer garden will be the location for 3 or 4 “Beats and Eats” events every other Saturday in September and October. We hosted this is 2016 even before we were open. The event this coming year will feature two live bands.
Our Irishman’s Ball for Saint Patrick’s Day was a remarkable success. The seasonal brew created by John for the occasion was well received; Éirinn Go Brách: A Wry Irish Rye has a 4.13-star rating on Untappd with almost thirty reviews. Brewed as an homage to Erin Flora, Brewmaster of the former Sweet Taters in Rocky Mount, John added a four-leaf clover just as the boil began to make it extra lucky.
Our next event will be Cinco de Gringo on May 5th, 2017 with a Jamerican food truck and live bands.
As I said, lots have been going on and will be going on here at 217 Brew Works. We want to thank all of those who have supported our efforts to bring this vision of a Community Brewery to reality. Our whole Team: Tom W (Tap Room Manager), Sam (Assistant Brewer), Tonya and Gisselle (Barton College Interns - Brewing and Beer Tender), Jillian (Beer Tender), Susanne (Graphic Artist, Newsletter Editor, Webmaster) and Tony Tilley and his staff (Food Service at Barton College) who do all our local ingredients processing.
And last, but not least, thanks to everyone who has supported us by coming to the brewery. We can’t be a Community Brewery without Community Support.