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.
Currently we are working to hit our first major goal of 500 owners. At the same time we are evaluating potential locations in Downtown Burlington. Once we hit the 500 owner mark we will be able to begin selling preferred stock shares to raise the required funding to purchase a building.
Once we have a building we’ll be opening in 3 phases:
Phase 1: Burlington Beer Works Bar – We’ll build out a basic bar in our space and open on Friday and Saturday evenings. We’ll serve a wide range of beers from around the state. We’ll host owners events and special events to build support for the next phases of the project.
Phase 2: The Brewery Comes to Life – Once we’re at the 1,000 owner mark we’ll be able to purchase our brewery equipment and start installation. Owners will be able to stop by the bar and watch the equipment being installed while sipping a delicious pint of beer from other other NC breweries.
Phase 3: Let There Be Food – The kitchen is the most expensive piece of the project and that’s why we are saving it for last. We’ll need 2,000 total owners to help us make Phase 3 happen. At this point we’ll install a full service kitchen that will be capable of cooking up some amazing locally inspired pub food that will perfectly compliment our beer selection. At this point we’ll also have the brewery up and running and fresh BBW beer on draft.
Like we mentioned before, this timeline requires your support and participation. Each goal depends on the support of owners. We need your financial support to make this work. Our current goal is to reach Phase 2 by late 2014 so that BBW will be brewing before the end of the year. However, it’s very possible that we could be complete with Phase 3 by then if you invite your friends, family and fellow beer drinkers to buy their ownerships.
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.