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Zack Wynne and Kyle James are taking a new swing at an old business model.
Wynne and James are offering a wide selection of craft and domestic brews in Uptown’s new bottle shop, 1792 Beer Co.
Wynne and James, who both live in Hurdle Mills, refer to 1792 Beer Co. as a bottle shop instead of a bar not only due to its wide selection of brew, wine and hard cider but because people are able to come in and buy beer bottles to go.
The number 1792 represents the year that Person County was formed.
“We wanted to make sure that it was bright, open and welcoming. I think a lot of people, including our parents, came from a generation where a bar meant something different – dark, smoky and seedy. They are certainly not always like that but ours is supposed to be a welcoming space,” Wynne said.
They describe the bottle shop as an idea in the making over the past year that came true Jan. 2, when they held a soft opening.
James began pondering the idea of opening the business after they went to see Wynne’s family in Mt. Airy and he visited a similar business.
Soon after, he pitched the idea to Wynne who picked out the location on Main Street across from Green’s Jewelers.
Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments approved a loan in October 2018 and James left his job in retail in early November to take on the job of running the bottle shop full-time.
Wynne has been responsible for a lot of the paperwork involved in getting the project off the ground and James was in charge of designing the space.
Wynne will continue working at the Person County G.I.S. mapping office and work at the bottle shop part-time.
This is a family-friendly bottle shop that welcomes all ages to come in and enjoy a social hour.
Their bottle shop will sell domestic brews almost exclusively.
According to James a craft brewery and domestic brewery are separated by volume production.
A craft brewery produces less than 600 million gallons while domestic breweries produce more than 600 million gallons a year.
According to Wynne and James their primary component is alcoholic beverages such as brew, wine and hard cider.
“You will come across a lot more styles and flavors especially when you start getting into seasonal stuff and you have the opportunity to try eight taps we currently have. We will give people tastings some people like some stuff and some don’t,” said Wynne.
The business will also offer juice boxes, craft sodas, regular sodas and snacks for people who are not of age or who prefer not to drink.
People are also welcome to bring dinner to accompany their local selection for the evening.
The Roxboro Area Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting for 1792 Beer Co. Jan. 18.
“There was no guide book. There was no rule book. There was no ‘this is how you do this’ and ‘this is how you do that.’ I am all about the fact that it is a hang out spot,” said Wynne.