New Durham bottle shop set to open

Apr. 07, 2014 @ 06:52 PM

Sam’s Bottle Shop, a new craft beer shop in southern Durham, opens Thursday.

The shop is a sister location to the craft beer store Sam's Quik Shop on Erwin Road near the Ninth Street shopping district.

“I'm fortunate enough to carry on the family business and work with beer,” said owner John Boy Jr., in a news release. “It is our goal to educate our customers about beer and through our regular tasting events, bring the brewery to the consumer.”

The original Sam’s location on Erwin Road has a long history in the Boy family. It opened as a drive-in restaurant called the Blue Light in the 1940s. Boy said his father bought out his brothers, and then his parents ran the business.

They slowly converted it, initially as a convenience store and a grill, and then entirely as a shop, he said. It’s now a craft beer-focused shop. 

The new, 5,200-square-foot store is located at 1112 W N.C. 54. It has 26 taps, an educational facility, tasting room and a catwalk to a second-story patio, according to the release. It will have craft beer, wine and champagne.

Several North Carolina breweries have brewed beers especially for the opening, including an oak and smoked imperial stout by Oskar Blues.

Hickory-based Olde Hickory Brewing Co. and Foothills Brewing out of Winston Salem collaborated to make two beers for the opening. Sales of the beers, available in 22-ounce bottles, will be limited.

Boy said there will be food and beer samples. KoKyu Ondo food truck will be on site for food sales from 5 to 9 p.m.