GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – As construction wraps up on Greenville’s first microbrewery, city government staff said about six breweries expressed interest in setting up in the city.
Assistant city manager Merrill Flood said the city’s blooming beer industry, including the soon-to-open Trollingwood Taproom & Brewery and the new craft beer store Tapped650, have prompted other breweries throughout the state to look at opening operations in Greenville.
“It’s a variety all over the map from western North Carolina to local that have been showing an interest,” Flood said.
He said more microbreweries could lead to increased property tax revenue for the city.
“[Microbreweries] take an existing building, and they increase its value and make significant renovations,” Flood said.
Tapped650 manager Nate Brunner said the new breweries could turn Greenville into a destination city for craft beer enthusiasts.
“They’re going to be looking up what kind of stores are around, which kind of breweries and that’s definitely going to bring more traffic our way,” Brunner said.
Craft beer enthusiast Keith Losito visited Greenville from Orlando and said he would visit again if more breweries opened.
“And most likely, I bring more beer back,” Losito said. “In fact, I was just saying earlier today that we need to make another stop here so I can bring some of these beers back that we don’t get in Orlando.”
Trollingwood Taproom & Brewery said on its Facebook page that it has no set opening date as it works to get necessary permits.