“Together we are Growing, Brewing, Serving”
Welcome to North Carolina’s first cooperative brewery and restaurant with the aim of securing a shared network of local and regional partnerships made up of farmers, producers, and service professionals. Our goal is to brew great beer, but more importantly we believe in empowering the people of our community to collaborate, and leverage the collective effort of our organization in becoming an integral part of Burlington’s future expansion.
The pooled economic structure of our cooperative, or “co-op”, secures a sustainable amount of jobs and services within the immediate area. It becomes not only beneficial for our members, but also for the whole community, keeping the circulation of wealth within our area by generating revenues of proportional buying and selling. This in turn allows for prosperous partnerships to develop, ensuring the success of all who are growing, brewing, and serving – not just in Burlington, but within its surrounding municipalities as well.
By sourcing at least half of our products within Alamance and neighboring communities, we can guarantee our patrons a level of transparent quality and freshness that other bulky, supply chained restaurants cannot logistically accomplish. Our partnerships with such farms as Wilkeshire Beef, T5, Redbud, Smith, Dinnerbell, Your Local Greens, Hillsborough Cheese, Firsthand Foods, Brasstown Beef, Joyce, Haw River Mushrooms and San Giuseppe Salami Co, provide a local selection of fresh ingredients throughout the seasons; this helps create a recognizable identity for our area by way of the foods being cultivated and produced within it.
As we continue on this journey, it’s our members who guarantee that Burlington Beer Works will be an integral mechanism in shaping the successful outcome of Burlington’s progression. We are proud to serve great food and beer, but we are also committed to providing a necessary framework of products and services that meet the cultural, social, and economical needs of the Burlington community. Please consider becoming an owner, and drop by for a beer if you would like to learn more about joining us in this exciting endeavor.
Get to Know Your Board
Jeff Wilkins, LEED AP
After working for a couple of years in Colorado, Jeff came back to NC State and completed his Masters of Architecture in the spring of 2011, returning to his hometown of Burlington to begin practicing Architecture. He has a strong interest in the creation of unique, specialized details for each project, and he enjoys the challenge of using new and reclaimed building materials. While being committed to the artistic aspects of each design, he recognizes the importance of functionality. Jeff spends much of his spare time helping his father maintain their beef cattle herd while promoting local grass fed beef and sustainable farming practices.
Peter Ustach is the owner of 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 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
T. Scott Fowler is a CPA and the CFO of Unichem, Inc., a specialty chemical manufacturing company in Haw River. Prior to that, he was a partner in the local firm of STOUT STUART McGOWEN & KING LLP where his customers consisted 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.
Hal Vincent is a professor of strategic communications and the director of the student advertising and public relations firm Live Oak Communications at Elon University. He has worked in marketing communications for nearly 20 years for Tropicana, Nabisco, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and the Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau. A native of Tennessee, he’s been a lover of quality beer since the day he discovered Sierra Nevada and Anchor Steam on the grocery shelves on his 21st birthday, or thereabouts. Working at advertising and PR agencies, and teaching in New York City, Philadelphia and Tampa, he is a fairly new transplant to Alamance Country. He is excited to see Downtown Burlington become a destination for community gathering and the cultural arts. Not to mention, a lively place to find a locally sourced burger paired with seasonal ale.
Sebastian Wolfrum previously served as the Director of Brewing Operations at the Natty Greene’s Brewing Company in Greensboro, NC and is currently the principal of Epiphany Craft Malt, a producer of malted grain products. 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 Durham, NC.
Sharon Dent is a commercial paralegal at Pittman & Steele, PLLC. She previously served on the Board of Directors of Company Shops Market, and currently serves on 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, 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.
Tracy Schmidt (Johnson) is an Alamance County native with over 15 years of management and team-building experience. Her love of community and drive to strengthen the food and beverage culture in Alamance County is cohesive with our Co-Op culture and the vision of Burlington Beer Works. Creating a dynamic team to ensure the highest quality of food and beverage, Tracy looks forward to developing a culture of hospitality within Downtown Burlington. Tracy is driven by the ability to connect our community by primarily sourcing from within Alamance County and offering a well-crafted selection that brings everyone in our community to the table.
Head Brewer –Jeremy Hunt
In 2007, Jeremy began homebrewing. Over the past 12 years, Jeremy’s travels have been guided by “beer tourism” which have influenced his techniques and broadened his “beer”spective. Jeremy is a true-to-style – “traditionalist” – when it comes to brewing. Traditional recipes use four basic ingredients – hops, malt, yeast, and water. Jeremy will be creating a diverse selection of unfiltered, unpasteurized beers with up to 8 on tap at any one time. Jeremy will also be selecting up to 4 local draft beers and ciders to round out our menu.