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Newgrass Brewing Company coming to Uptown Shelby
Architectural plans designed by Holland & Hamrick Architects, PA

Local investors announce plans for Shelby's
first micro-brewery

After months of speculation, a group of local investors is confirming that a new locally-owned and managed micro-brewery and tasting room will occupy the former Hudson's Department Store at 213 S. Lafayette St in the heart of Uptown Shelby.
Newgrass Brewing Company is scheduled to open on July 1, 2015 featuring approximately 12 craft beers, all brewed on the premises. The year-round selection of beers will be supplemented with seasonal brews reflecting the time of year and utilizing local ingredients in their production.
The Brewmaster, Lewis McCallister, and brewery manager, Jordan Boinest, have deep Cleveland County roots and look forward to coming home as a part of this exciting venture. Lewis brings a wealth of knowledge and brewing experience with him to Newgrass Brewing Company. He has been brewing for two different micro-breweries in North Carolina who's beers have garnered regional and state-wide recognition. Jordan comes to Newgrass with experience in brewery management and promotion with the distinction of being the youngest female brewery owner in the United States. She is a member of the Pink Boots Society, "Created to empower women beer professionals to advance their careers in the Beer Industry through Education." The Pink Boots Society recently awarded Jordan the prestigious Business of Distribution Course Education Package Scholarship sponsored by the San Diego State University College of Extended Studies and the Karl Strauss Brewing Company to study the business of distribution.
Holland & Hamrick Architects, P.A. have designed plans for the renovation of the historic Hudson's building. Construction work is scheduled to begin the first of February to accommodate the brewing system, kitchen, and tasting area. The space will also feature a permanent stage area to provide a venue for local and regional artists to perform while complementing the already exciting music scene spawned by the county's musical heritage. The ground floor will house the brewing area, highlighted behind glass walls, as well as the serving area and seating. The mezzanine level will have additional seating overlooking the stage. The third level will provide a small meeting room for private parties and events.
Through the assistance of the Uptown Shelby Association and the City of Shelby, Newgrass Brewing Company has been awarded a North Carolina Main Street Solutions Grant in the amount of $75,000 to help make the historic rehabilitation of the property possible. The grant enables the owners to fully complete the renovations in keeping with historic preservation standards, ensuring that the building will retain its historic character. The renovation of the historic 1909 structure will utilize the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Historic Preservation and will honor Shelby's rich architectural heritage for years to come. The interior of the building will showcase heart pine reclaimed from Shelby's own Dover Textiles Mill to pay homage to the company that was the backbone of Cleveland County's economy for many years.
The owners of Newgrass Brewing Company are committed to working with all of the existing Uptown businesses, realizing that the strength and vitality of the Uptown area are dependent on cooperation and support of one another. The owners look forward to becoming an integral part of Uptown Shelby and helping draw even more people into our beautiful city.

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