Female, veteran-owned brewery expands to Durham
Tobacco Wood Brewing Company plans to open a location this spring at Meridian Business Park in Durham. It will be the second location for the Oxford-based brewery.Posted — Updated
The menu includes traditional pub food and barbecue-fusion.
"We are in a rural community. We're in a formerly dry county. They actually had to change the laws for us to be able to produce alcohol here," Shelton said. "Durham has all these things, so it's a destination already. You're already going there... it's such an opportunity."
Shelton said the Durham location will have more than the 15 taps available in Oxford. She is also looking to offer special small batch releases exclusive to the Bull City location.
Shelton and her husband, both veterans, have been living in North Carolina for 18 years. A random date night prompted them to get into the craft beer industry.
"He had a brilliant idea that date night would be super fun if we went to this home brewing class, which I thought was a terrible idea. It wasn't, it was really fun," Shelton said, noting they started home-brewing from there.
A family trip to England led them to explore opening their own brewery. The large community tables were appealing and sparked the couple to take the plunge.