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Rocky Mount supports NC brewing with new incubator

Posted November 14, 2017 2:23 p.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 1:47 p.m. EDT

— North Carolina's craft beer boom got another advantage this week when Rocky Mount Mills announced the first "class" to join a brewing incubator.

The Rocky Mount Mills Brewery Incubator gives entrepreneurs three years to learn and proof their concepts, develop a business plan, recruit investment and get ready to pour for the real world.

Planetary Elixirs, HopFly Brewing Company, BDD Brewing Company and Bull Durham Beer Company will share a refurbished, 6,000-square-foot shipping warehouse, each with their own space to produce up to 1,000 barrels per year and a keg cooler to serve beer out of each space with eight taps. They'll take classes in the Nash Community College Brewing, Distillation and Fermentation program and serve their product from a public beer garden.

“Our inaugural class of brewers comes from all walks of life and bring with them different approaches, methods, and philosophies towards brewing,” says Sebastian Wolfrum, executive brewmaster of Rocky Mount Mills. “We see the spirit that built Rocky Mount Mills 200 ago, and that continues to make our community one of hard work and triumph in each of them. We’re looking forward to seeing and, more importantly, tasting what they have to offer.”

Meet the brewers:

Planetary Elixirs - Bottling soon!

Founded by Scott Meyer, a brewing and winemaking veteran with a deep background in the culinary world; Scott seeks to introduce exotic beverages from different parts of the world to the American palate. His non-alcoholic line of Botanical Infusions will feature drinks like Jamaica Roselle based on the Christmas Sorrel Drink from Jamaica & Thai Tie; inspired by a panoply of iconic Thai flavors including Lime, Ginger, Basil, & Lemongrass. He will sell in 375mL and 1 Liter bottles from the Mill campus and other points throughout NC.

HopFly Brewing Company - Opening 11/18

A Triangle native, Cameron Schulz spent six years working in corporate merchandising in Columbus, Ohio, before returning to his home state to found HopFly Brewing Company. A serendipitous advertisement for the Brewery Incubator came at just the right time, leading Cameron to choose Rocky Mount as the hometown for his new business. HopFly’s mission is to create “beer for every adventure,” with Cameron focused on brewing full-flavored yet sessionable styles that can be enjoyed both in his tasting room and on your next outdoor adventure!

BDD Brewing Company - Opening winter 2017

A hilarious late night of one too many for a close family member resulted in a family slogan of “Bucken Da Dicey” and the name of Chazz Oesch and cousin, Matt Nichols, home brewing operation. The 26- and 27-year-olds are hungry to make their name in the brewing scene in North Carolina.

Bull Durham Beer Company - Open now

The first brewery in a minor league stadium takes its namesake from the team it supports and likely the only minor league baseball team a majority of Americans can name. When production at the Durham Bulls Stadium at American Tobacco Campus couldn’t keep up with demand, Bull Durham Beer Company expanded to the Brewery Incubator to continue its success.

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