The face of downtown Brunswick is changing once again. A beer brewery is now on tap for Newcastle Street.
Chris Moline, along with his wife Allyson, as well as business partners Jeff and Kevin Coyles have officially closed on property at 1317 Newcastle Street. And while the brewery’s name is still under wraps, Chris Moline said the excitement is palpable.
“We are really excited. We closed on the property March 24. I think we are going to go over plans and elevations with the city on Monday to make sure everything is complaint,” he said.
The location was once a hotel and was once in danger of being condemned and razed by a previous owner. But the group stepped in and saved the location. The next step, Moline said, is to stabilize the building, then begin construction.
“There are a lot of moving parts. We closed on the building and the lot next to the building. We’re going to build out from the existing building,” he said. “Of course, we have to get licensing and equipment but our hope is to start construction in May.”
The lot next door, where buildings once stood, were used in 2015 as part of the movie set for Ben Affleck’s prohibition-era gangster movie “Live by Night.”
If all goes well, Moline and company foresee opening in late September. That will be just in time for the new law regarding breweries to go in to effect in Georgia, allowing the business to sell beer directly to the customers.
That legislation, along with a string of other well timed events, convinced the group that now is the time to act.
“We have always been in love with downtown Brunswick and we saw the opportunity there. We have been working on this for a year now and the timing has just kept working out,” he said.
“I went to my first One Million Cups meeting when Erik Vonk of Richland Rum was speaking, and I was able to talk to him. Everything just really came together for us.”
While Moline and his wife are not currently brewers, their partners have both been brewing for 15 years. Allyson Moline has experience with marketing and event planning, which Chris foresees as another avenue for the brewery.
“She will handle all of our events and parties for people who want to rent out the tap room. It is going to be a really cool space,” he said.
The group is looking forward to getting the brewery off the ground and becoming a permanent part of the growing downtown commercial district.
“We’re even thinking of moving downtown and selling our house on the island,” Moline said.
The entire group, he added, is invested and committed to seeing positive change come to downtown. They are hopeful they can build on the recent moment, taking the area to the next level.
“That whole block is going to change. We are just really excited about it and excited to be a part of downtown,” Moline said.