Hoptown Brewing to debut in Mooresville later this year
Hoptown Brewing is slated to open later this year. The venture sits on a 1.3-acre parcel at 107 Plantation Ridge Drive. It is part of the high-density Morrison Plantation development.
“We went for the spot,” Scott says. “We just really want to have a deep sense of community.”
The goal is to build a place where neighbors come to hang out; over 2,000 homes are within walking or biking distance.
Hoptown makes Scott’s successful nanobrewery into a larger — and potentially scalable — operation. A total of 17 partners have signed on to make the brewery a reality with a goal of eventually scaling that concept.
“Our hope is to have multiple Hoptown locations in the future,” Scott says.
Hoptown’s roots have ties to home-brewing. When the couple was dating, Sandy bought Scott a beer kit for Christmas; they made the first batch together.
“It was horrible,” she says.
He adds: “We completely botched it.”
The kit went into storage, only to resurface two years later when the couple was moving. They gave it another try.
“It actually didn’t taste as bad the second time,” Scott says.
Soon brewing had turned into an obsession. Scott started his nanobrewery. Sandy, who owns a yoga studio with a taproom, pushed him to get his license so he could distribute beer.
He did so, and he has built up a roster of 12 customers in Iredell County over the past few years.
“The No. 1 question asked by everybody is when are you going to open a taproom,” Scott says.
The couple found the Morrison Plantation location, lined up investors and decided to give it a go.
Initial plans call for an existing, 3,000-square-foot building to be enlarged to create room for the taproom and brewhouse. Expect a mix of midcentury-modern soft seating and high-top tables as well as pops of color, including Hoptown’s signature green and murals.
Another 900 square feet of covered outdoor space is planned, along with 1,000 square feet of open-air space for fire pits, corn hole and games.
The seven-barrel brewhouse will produce options such as the Wedding Crasher IPA, the Dirty Mo Hazy IPA and the I’ll Have N’udder Milk Stout. Offerings will be expanded to add lagers to the tap list in the future.
Thomas, Jennifer. “Hoptown Brewing to Debut in Mooresville Later This Year.” Bizjournals.com, 26 Aug. 2020, 2:21, www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2020/08/26/hoptown-brewing-to-open-in-mooresville.html.