Our vision and mission statements

We will create a community-owned social hub in Downtown Burlington by establishing a family friendly business in downtown to serve high quality food and beer. Founded on the purpose of inspiring local brewers and local beer, supporting local farmers, and reinvesting in Downtown Burlington.

To become the central gathering space in downtown Burlington, NC owned by and serving the community.

To nurture and promote truly local beer and support local brewing culture through home brewing partnerships, events and outreach.

To provide at a fair price, simple and unique foods that are sourced locally whenever possible.

To encourage and assist with grants to reinvest in Downtown Burlington, local entrepreneurs and the surrounding community.
Make this a holiday season to remember - Give them a brewery

Burlington Beer Works Ownership – The Perfect Gift Package

Give the gift of beer!

This packaging includes all of these great items; all boxed up and ready to surprise that special beer drinker in your life.

Package includes:
– Cotton of the Carolinas BBW T-Shirt
– Custom BBW-logo pint glass
– BBW Skooize
– BBW Sticker Set
– Ownership Certificate


When you purchase this gift package it will arrive with a letter inside explaining how the intended owner can register their gift package. If you are buying this for yourself, simply complete the form yourself and send it back in the included envelope.

Our volunteer board members ship orders once per week. We appreciate you patience and support.

We did it! We hit our 1,000 owner goal and will announce the brewery’s exact downtown location soon. Help us reach our next goal of having 2,000 owners by opening day in 2017. We currently have 1500 owners. 

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Our Founders

Our initial Board of Directors is comprised of volunteer members from the community. Each board member contributes their time and expertise to the Burlington Beer Works organization. Board members must be co-op owners.

Peter Ustach is Co-Owner of The Fat Frogg Bar & Grill along with Pandora’s Pies in Elon, NC. Born and raised in Beaufort, NC, Peter found his love for the food and beverage industry through multiple small local restaurants. After graduating with a degree in Entrepreneurship from Elon University in 2009, he became a partner of The Fat Frogg and recently opened Pandora’s Pies a small local gourmet pizza pub. Peter now calls Elon his home.

Jackie Harrell is a lifelong resident of Burlington, being one of the Touloupas family (of Zack’s Hotdogs), and therefore has an interest in the revitalization of downtown Burlington.  After graduating from the UNC School of Pharmacy, she has practiced in independent, locally owned pharmacies.  For the past 13 years, Edgewood Pharmacy has been her place of employment.  Home brewing has become a hobby and interest of hers and she is an active member  with East of Elon Home Brewing Cooperative. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Alamance County Health Department, and is currently on the Advisory Board for Alamap and is a member of the Asthma Coalition. Jackie and her husband, Craig, have three grown children.

T. Scott Fowler is a CPA with the local firm of STOUT STUART McGOWEN & KING LLP. His customers consist primarily of small businesses situated in and around Alamance County. He moved to Burlington in 1994 and has remained active in the community since arriving. While currently residing in Greensboro with his wife Lisa and their dog Lilly, he hopes to make Burlington his home again as soon as Lisa locates local employment. To review a copy of her resume or discuss potential career opportunities, please contact Scott directly.

Sebastian Wolfrum is the Director of Brewing Operations at the Natty Greene’s Brewing Company in Greensboro, NC. Born and raised in Germany, he earned his certification as a brewer & maltster at the Ayinger Brewery outside of Munich in 1999 and added a certificate in distilling in 2012. As a founding member of the NC Craft Brewers Guild in 2008, Sebastian is very involved in the affairs of the small brewers in this state. Furthermore he is engaged at the national level with the Brewers Association by serving on the Brewpub Committee. Sebastian lives with his wife and their twins in Burlington, NC.

Sharon, a native of Florida, has lived in Burlington for over 20 years, and is a commercial paralegal at Wishart, Norris, Henninger & Pittman. She currently serves on the Board of Company Shops Market, among other local boards, and is excited to be a part of another local venture that will enhance the progress made by our community to revitalize downtown Burlington with interesting, local businesses.

Eric Henry, president of TS Designs, has been in the screen printing and apparel business for over 30 years and lived in Alamance County over 50 years.  TS Designs vision is to provide the highest quality and most sustainable t-shirts to the market.  Winning the Sustainability Champion award from Sustainable North Carolina in 2009. Eric devotes much of his time to furthering the sustainable agenda in various community organizations.  He founded the Burlington Biodiesel Co-op in 2001 and has run his car on biodiesel (or straight vegetable oil) that now has over 250k miles on it. He along with Charlie Sydnor and Sam Moore founded Company Shops Market which he serves on the board, a co-op grocery in downtown Burlington that reconnects local agriculture to Alamance County. He serves on the board of NC GreenPower, an organization that purchases and resells renewable energy  and the Burlington Downtown Corporation.  He has served on the board of Alamance County Chamber of Commerce, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association where he was the chairman in 2002, and Elon University Environmental Science and Martha and Spencer Love School of Business.

About Us

About Us

We are Burlington’s co-op brewery and restaurant located in the historic downtown. We believe that a strong community is built around engaged businesses that give back to their community and that there is no better model than the co-op for this purpose. Our owners are not just owners of a brewery and restaurant; they are also owners of an engine driving the revitalization of Burlington.

As a brewery, we are founded around the idea of “truly local” beer. We will source our beer recipes and inspiration through partnerships with East of Elon Home Brewing Cooperative and other local home and professional brewers. We take an active role in supporting the culture and expansion of home brewing through events at our brewery. All of our Burlington Beer Works beers will be crafted locally, brewed on site, and only available at our restaurant.

As a restaurant, we believe that sustainable, local, and responsibly sourced food should be available to everyone at a reasonable price. Our menu will fluctuate with the ebb and flow of the seasons. Our members are also our test-kitchen. From them we will draw the inspiration for our ever-evolving menu.

Timeline and When We Plan to Open

This entire project revolves around our owners. We need your support to make this happen.

We hope to open in Fall of 2017, with a goal of having 2000 owners and $400,000 of community investment by the end of 2016 to make that timeline.

This timeline requires your support and participation.

Special Thanks

We want to thank the Company Shops Market in downtown Burlington for their support. We encourage you to consider becoming an owner of their co-op as well.

Nelson Technology Partners for hosting our website.
LTI – Labels, Tags and Inserts Inc for printing our brochures, stickers and flyers.

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