Food & Drink

Durham bottle shop set to add brewery, beer garden

The Glass Jug bottle shop will become the Glass Jug Beer Lab this fall, with an on-site brewery, outdoor beer garden and expanded event space.

The Glass Jug, which opened in September 2014 in Greenwood Commons shopping center on N.C. 55, will reopen in a new space a few doors down. The new 2,940-square foot space has a grassy backyard that will be used for outdoor seating and food trucks.

Owners Katy and Chris Creech said they hope to open by September. They will close for a few weeks in late summer to accommodate the move, but a date hasn’t been set.

The owners said the Glass Jug Beer Lab is considered a “nano” brewery with experimental one-off batches. There won’t be a flagship beer, and they will produce fewer than 5 barrels of beer with each batch. That will allow Chris Creech, the head of brewing operations, to try new ingredients and flavor combinations.

“Each batch can be something new and different,” Chris Creech said in a news release. “If we brew something that folks really like, we might brew it again, but we’re not committing to any specific lineup of products, as we want to brew to our consumers’ tastes.”

The Glass Jug is a counter-pressure growler filling station, craft beer bar and bottle shop that hosts regular craft beer events, such as tap takeovers and tastings with featured brewers.

The new space is being rebranded but will continue to have a retail craft beer store as well as 24 beers on tap. (There are 18 rotating taps now.)

Chris Creech said the expansion from 1,850 square feet to the larger space also will let them rethink the layout and design of the shop.

Chris Creech said the shop’s success over the past two-plus years will allow them to grow even more in the south Durham area. He said the area is becoming a destination for those seeking good food and beer. The shopping center, which has a weekly farmers market, also is home to True Flavors Diner, Sarah’s Empanadas and Benetis, a Mediterranean restaurant. It’s not far from Barrel Culture Brewing, which specializes in “rustic fruit-driven, wild artisinal-style ales.”

Info: 5410 Hwy 55, Durham. glass-jug.com, facebook.com/theglassjug

Jessica Banov: 919-829-4831, @JessicaBanov

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