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.
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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.

Ian is a 2008 Business Entrepreneurship graduate of Elon University. He has worked for businesses both large and small in roles that ranged from customer service to technology support to logistics and management. Today he owns and manages an international product design and manufacturing company that he founded during his studies at Elon. Ian is a strong supporter of home and local craft brewing. In 2009, he founded the East of Elon Home Brewing Cooperative in Alamance County and has helped more than one hundred people learn to homebrew. Ian is an Eagle Scout who believes in always giving back to his community through service, leadership and philanthropy. In his free time, he can often be found tutoring math and science for 4th and 5th graders, volunteering with Elon University students and alumni, and cooking up new beer recipes at home.
tate_street_pizza Ian Baltutis http://www.isolateit.com/
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.
peterustach Peter Ustach Co-Owner, Pandora's Pies and The Fat Frogg http://pandoraspizza.com
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.
Screen Shot 2013-09-06 at 7.34.43 PM Jackie Harrell
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.
Scott Fowler http://www.ssmkllp.com/
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.
2013-Sebastian-Wolfrum-Bier Sebastian Wolfrum
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.
Sharon Dent
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.
erichenry Eric Henry TS Designs, President http://tsdesigns.com
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 just hit our first major goal of 500 owners. At the present time we are evaluating potential locations in Downtown Burlington. We will soon 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.

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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