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Craft beer lovers turn out for the grand opening of Sunken City Brewing Company at Westlake.
Patrons crowd around the bar during Sunken City Brewing's grand opening on May 10.
Owner Jerome Pannell said his father, a former homebrewer, encouraged his dream to open the microbrewery.
Courtesy Andie Gibson
Sunken City Brewing Co. is located at Westlake beside Westlake Towne Center.
Friday, May 17, 2013
The business of making craft beer is booming nationwide, and on May 10, Smith Mountain Lake bellied up to the bar.
An estimated 500-600 patrons turned out for the long-awaited grand opening of the $2.2 million Sunken City Brewing Company, a microbrewery beside Westlake Towne Center in Hardy.
“It was a great crowd; everyone enjoyed the first batch of Dam Lager, finally brewed right here at the lake,” said owner Jerome Parnell. “We went through 12 kegs of our new beer, Red Clay IPA.”
Parnell described Red Clay, which along with Dam Lager will be available in cans in mid-summer, as having a “flowery aroma and a malty backbone.”
Sunken City will launch a third production beer this summer, Parnell said. In the fall, the brewery’s German-trained brewmaster, Jeremy Kirby, plans on starting a homebrew club and beer school, he added.
“He loves the lake community and appreciates all the local support for the brewery,” Parnell said. “He looks forward to meeting everyone in the tap room.”
The brewery will kick off summer weekends on Fridays from 5 until 10 p.m. with crafted lagers and ales, live entertainment in the beer garden and food for sale by Bruno’s GastroTruck.
Hours are Wednesday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Thursday, noon to 9 p.m.; Friday, noon to 10 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/sunkencitybrewing.
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