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Bombshell Beer bursts into Triangle brewing scene

Posted January 22, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014

— A new brewery has opened in the Triangle area and it's a bombshell – specifically Bombshell Beer Company of Holly Springs. They will host their grand opening party this Saturday from noon until 11 p.m. with live music, food trucks, free giveaways on the half hour!

How did Bombshell Beer Company come to be? Michelle Miniutti and Ellen Joyner got the idea while touring breweries three years ago. They were avid golfers but they decided that on any rainy Saturday they'd make it a point to tour breweries. It was during those tours that Michelle thought, “Why not open a brewery?” Ellen had been brewing for over a decade and she showed Michelle how the brewing process worked. They decided they had the skills and took the leap of putting a business plan together. A couple years later they brought in Jackie Hudspeth as another partner.

Each partner brings her own particular expertise to the brewery. Jackie is the operations manager and handles the day-to-day operations. Ellen has the business expertise, having worked for a Top 500 company and Michelle comes from a sales background, so altogether they have the pieces to build the business.

So where did the name “Bombshell” come from? Ellen and Michelle aren’t quite sure who thought of it first. They thought of the modern day bombshell like Victoria's Secret girls and mixed it with the classic pin up girls of the past to create a logo that suited the idealism of the brewery.

Being a female-owned brewery, their approach is to fill the market for the female beer enthusiast. Each has their own particular beer preference so they can explore a wide variety of styles while also creating beer that can be a good crossover for those who are more familiar with drinking the national brands. Their mission is to create a consistent tasting beer that no matter when you try it, it’s always the same. That may not seem like a hard thing to do but with small craft breweries, it is a challenge they adamantly strive for.

The brewer that’s taking this challenge head on is Stephen O’Neill. He comes to Bombshell from the award-winning Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, PA. With more than 10 years of experience, he brings the knowledge and experience to develop recipes and brewing methods that have already produced a gold, two bronze and a silver medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. 

The Bombshell flagship beers are the Polished Pilsener, Perception Pale Ale, Pickup Line Porter, Lost My Way IPA with a rotation of different types of stouts. The brewery is located in the heart of Holly Springs, just off of Old Highway 55. Head out there for a beer and meet these bombshells for yourself!

Dave Tollefsen and Glenn Cutler are regular guys living in central North Carolina with their families who share a love for craft beer and homebrewing. They work together as the NCBeerGuys. They can be found online promoting North Carolina craft beer, providing information about the folks who produce local beer and writing about beer adventures, activities and events across North Carolina.


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  • joeBob Jan 23, 2014

    I thought I read about this micro brewery opening about a month ago...either way it's great news, I wish them luck and I cant wait to taste their beer.

  • Krimson Jan 23, 2014

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    It is in the "Food, Nightlife, Music & Arts" section... Isn't the opening of a new small-business in the area at least a cause for small celebration??? Cheers!

  • sinenomine Jan 23, 2014

    Occasionally WRAL's idea of what is newsworthy utterly confounds me.

    This article reads like a paid infomercial and yet it's accorded front page status.

    Come on editors! There's got to be something weightier to run in your limited news space than a self-promoting advertisement for a beer with a (maybe) naked woman on the label.

  • tllight Jan 23, 2014

    The more the merrier, good for all Beer advocates in the Triangle...based on the lineup mentioned in the article, please come out with a rich brown ale..Natty Greene's Buckshot would be the general taste direction to strive for...

  • davido Jan 23, 2014

    @COOLDELA1966 -- don't sell yourself short! Life is too short to drink bad beer. If you are new to craft beer, maybe start with something very smooth. Sweetwater 420 is one of the best of the commercial beers in that category. If you really want bold flavor, my top pick (today :-) is Lagunitas IPA.

    All that said, this area is becoming a gold mine of great beers, so by all means support your local brewer! Go Bombshell!

  • cooldela1966 Jan 23, 2014

    Good luck to them. I don't always drink beer but when I do I buy the cheapest thing in the convenience store.

  • Classified Jan 23, 2014

    Mmmmmm..... Beer....