Dry Falls Brewing to open in Hendersonville
“Busy Bend” in Hendo Lands a Brewery!
With three new breweries in the works, Henderson County’s brewery scene continues to expand. Dry Falls Brewing Company, along with Triskelion Brewing Company, and Sideways Farm Brewery are all slated to open in the coming months. While an exact date can’t be confirmed yet, as early as this winter, the 77-year old Oates Paint and Body Shop building on the “Busy Bend” section of Kanuga Road in Hendersonville will be home to Dry Falls Brewing Company.
I took about half an hour recently to chat with Dry Falls Brewing Company co-owner and co-brewer (with his father Jeff), Evan Golliher, about the brewery plans. Evan, along with Jeff, had been home-brewing for a long time. Over a period of a couple years, their home-brewing operation expanded into their garage and formed into a community gathering place of sorts. Friends and neighbors would regularly stop by for a pint or two and talk the night away.
“At one point, folks decided to come by to get their growlers filled. We were more than happy to oblige,” said Evan.
While the family kicked around the idea of opening a brewery for years, it wasn’t until Evan’s Mom said that they all needed to “either stop talking about it, or go ahead and do it” that they decided to heed her advice and make their dream a reality. From an original scope of Asheville, NC to Greenville, SC, they narrowed their options down to Weaverville and Hendersonville. They looked at two to three sites in Henderson County and ended up choosing the Busy Bend location.
“We just knew when we saw this spot that it was the one! This old building has plenty of potential and good bones.”
The large brick and cement block building is quite large, with plenty of space for their 10-barrel brewing system, a taproom, a bier garden, and even a potential kitchen and canning or bottling line down the road.“We want to focus on the brewhouse and the taproom first. They’ll both be housed in the same room. We’ll distribute in the local area. If someone wants to come in and pick up a keg, we are fine with that. We plan to start off with a food truck and aren’t even worrying about that quite yet.”
“One immediate issue we had was parking, or the lack thereof. We resolved that issue by taking down the building next to the main body shop building. Now, we’ll have plenty of space for guests to park right at the brewery.”
When I asked Evan as to what styles of beer Dry Falls will focus, Evan replied, “We’d like to start with eight to ten beers on tap. We know the demographics in this area, so we will always have a blonde or pilsner on tap. I am sure we’ll always have an IPA or two, and a couple porters or stouts. Much like our homebrewing operation, we’ll see which beer styles folks like the most.”
Any other things you’d like to add before we wrap-up?
“Even though we’ll be in a much larger space now, we still want to keep that cozy, comfortable neighborhood feel. We’ll be family friendly and super pet friendly place. Also, a few people have asked, and we do plan to keep the old Oates Paint and Body Shop sign painted on the front of the building. We respect the building’s heritage and want to keep as much as possible intact.”
Dry Falls Brewing takes their name from Dry Falls, which is a 65-foot waterfall located in the Nantahala National Forest, northwest of Highlands, NC.
Dry Falls Brewing is located at 425 Kanuga Road in Hendersonville, NC. While their website isn’t live yet, you can like them and track their progress on the Dry Falls Brewing Co Facebook page.