A Tale of Two Breweries
April 19, 2017
Moore County, North Carolina is not an especially large population hub, so it is rather surprising that it has two microbreweries. Aberdeen and Southern Pines run roughly north-south along U.S. Highway 1, and one merges into the other mostly without people noticing they’re leaving one town and entering another.
On the northern end in Southern Pines you’ll find the Southern Pines Brewing Company, started as an idea in 2013 by three former Green Berets, and open to the public in 2014. Although Micah Niebauer, John Brumer and Jason Ginos had some experience with home-brewing, they knew they’d better up their game if they wanted to make it in the craft beer business. To that end they visited as many breweries as possible (this is work?) and completed brewing courses at some very highly respected institutions.
It all came together when they brewed their first batch of beer and the rest is history. Their flagship beers include Duck Hook cream ale, Man of Law IPA, and Plowman’s Folly, a French-style Saison Farmhouse Ale. Southern Pines Brewing offers a weekly tour on Saturdays at 2 p.m.
Head south on U.S. 1 and you’ll enter the town of Aberdeen, home to another local brewery. Aberdeen was a railroad hub soon after the Civil War, primarily for the transport of timber, turpentine and tar, all harvested from the abundant pine trees in the area. Today the area relies more on agriculture and tourism, but as if in a tribute to Aberdeen’s past, the founders of the brewery named it Railhouse. And they are located next to the railroad tracks after all.
The founders of Railhouse Brewery are as dedicated to making great beer as they were to serving our country. Original owners and veterans, Brian Evitts and Mike Ratkowski, opened the brewery to the public late in 2010 in an effort to introduce people to beer focused on the malted barley and not so focused on the hops. In an unusual move, Railhouse Brewery has also partnered with the KA-BAR knife company to co-brand their brown ale and create unique tap handles like no other.
Since the doors opened, Railhouse has been able to survive and thrive. Their beers are now distributed in North and South Carolina, Georgia, and South Korea. Next to the brewery operation – tours are offered every Saturday at 3 p.m. – is the Pub where you’ll find their award winning beers, games and an overall good time.
105 East South Street
Aberdeen, NC 28315
Southern Pines Brewery Company
565 Air Tool Drive Suite E
Southern Pines, NC 28387