Owner Jonathan Nobinger fills a glass with one of the brewery's first beers.
Statesville's first brewery set to open this weekend
PHOTO: Fourth Creek Brewing Company is located at 226 West Broad Street in Downtown Statesville.
BY HALEY JONES
Fourth Creek Brewing Company, owned by Jonathan and Krystyn Nobinger and Ryan Houston, is scheduled to hold its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 1.
“This has definitely been a tale of the tortoise and not the hare,” Jonathan Nobinger joked as he discussed all of the planning and work that has gone into the venture. “There is an old brewing phrase that it takes twice as long and twice as much as you’d expect. This has certainly proven itself to be true.”
The last time Nobinger spoke with Statesville Free News, he explained his vision for the business: To create a place “where old and new meet.” He hopes the venture incorporates Statesville’s unique history along with its current drive to grow and prosper.
The brewery’s taproom has a rustic-industrial feel, from the repurposed wood to the 80-year-old copper bar top.
“We didn’t want to brighten or polish (the bar top),” explained Nobinger, pointing out that local craftsmen were involved in creating the space. “It looks great for its age.”
All of the brewing equipment is American-made, he said, and the kegs were made in Charlotte.
In addition to the Brewery’s rustic decor, the names of Fourth Creek’s brews connect Statesville’s past and its present.
“We want our beers to bring out some of our area’s great historical points,” Nobinger said. “We have fun with some of these (names) … but we also want to make people aware of (historical events) that made Statesville great and those (events) that may have been forgotten.”
The Brewery aims to open its doors with six brews, a selection that will slowly increase.
Future brews include:
► Black Dog Stout, an homage to Nobinger’s “brew pup,” Bomber;
► Face Brakes, a commemoration of a bicycle mishap between two friends;
► Doolie’s Last Request, an ode to Statesville’s Tom Dula story;
► First Day on the Job, the first brew of the company’s brewing system; and
► A Backyard Series, which will include seasonal brews with locally grown ingredients such as honey, muscadines, grapes, and strawberries
Located at 226 West Broad Street in Downtown Statesville, Fourth Creek Brewing Company uses locally-grown and malted grains in their brews through the Carolina Malthouse.
“Why wouldn’t we use the grain we grown in our own county and those right around us?” Nobinger asked.
Fourth Creek also plans to have beverages for non-beer drinkers so everyone can enjoy the community-centered, family-friendly environment. Snacks will also be available, and the brewery is in conversation with downtown restaurants about partnerships.
The owners are also partnering with local charities and events. Fourth Creek Brewing Company has plans to partner with the Carolina BalloonFest to create a special beer named after the festival, and is planning to help sponsor the upcoming Full Bloom Film Festival.
Nobinger is looking forward to building those relationships and forging new ones.
“It’s been a journey of persistence, patience and being able to laugh at things,” Nobinger concluded. “We’ve (gained) a lot of…friendships through the process and we are only just getting started.”
Fourth Creek Brewing Company will host its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 1, from 4 to 10 p.m. The regular hours are:
► Thursday: 4 to 10 p.m.
► Friday: 4 to 11 p.m.
► Saturday: 11 to 11 p.m.
► Sunday: 12 to 6 p.m.