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Southern Pines Brewing Co. to Open New Downtown Taproom

When you name your business for the small town where you work, it makes sense to throw out the welcome mat where most of its people congregate.

For Southern Pines Brewing Co., that means opening a new downtown taproom at the corner of West Pennsylvania Avenue and North Bennett Street. Owner Micah Niebauer has signed the lease to take over the soon-to-be vacated Southern Pines Growler space.

Meanwhile, Gerry Bateman and Brandi Underwood are waiting on the finishing touches to their “super-sized” Growler taproom and outdoor patio one block south on Bennett Street. Their new three-story building will also be home to the Moore County Chamber of Commerce.

“We are excited to be taking the corner space. That is such an incredible spot and it has a beautiful, outdoor patio,” Niebauer said. “We will be able to enjoy the downtown area like we’ve never been able to do at the brewery.”

“It’s been fun to jump into this as fast as I can,” he added, noting his optimistic opening date will be around July 1.

Heath Trigg of Heritage Flag Co., who designed Southern Pines Brewing’s original taproom bar, tables and the whiskey-barrel American flag that inspired an entirely new business venture, is handling the taproom renovation.

“I was tickled and honored that Heath was willing to take on this project. Our first taproom is so beautiful because of his work. From where we started six years ago, I’m really excited to carry that through to this new space,” Neibauer said.

The production brewery taproom on Air Tool Drive in Southern Pines will also remain open.

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