In a move that will benefit the region’s craft beer drinkers, Natty Greene’s Brewing Company has entered into a business partnership with Foothills Brewing for production of three of their year-round core brands.
Brewing and packaging of Buckshot Amber Ale, Southern Session IPA and Wildflower Witbier will all move to Foothills’ 48,000-square-foot main brewing facility in Winston-Salem. The agreement to share services comes as Natty Greene’s shifts operations to their new brewery, currently under construction at Revolution Mill in Greensboro.
“Our partnership with Foothills comes at a vital time in the transition to our new brewery.” said Kayne Fisher, co-founder of Natty Greene’s. “It allows us to prepare our current brewery for sale and smoothly transition to Revolution Mill this fall. Foothills has larger fermenter capacity than our current facility, as well as a high-speed bottling line that can efficiently package our year-round brands.”
Jamie Bartholomaus, President of Foothills Brewing, added, “In terms of managing costs, shared services is the future of craft beer. Production for Natty Greene beers fits within the size and schedule of our own brewing operations. We can brew these at lower cost, enabling our partner to focus on their specialty brew and retail operations.”
Both breweries anticipate production to transition sometime in the first quarter of 2018.
In 2004, co-founders Chris Lester and Kayne Fisher opened Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. in downtown Greensboro, with the idea to push the limits with ales and sours. Named for Greensboro’s namesake Nathanael Greene, it quickly became “Greensboro’s brewery”. 2007 saw expansion to a production brewery to begin distribution throughout North Carolina. By 2014, Natty Greene’s brews could be found from Virginia to South Carolina. Last year, Natty Greene’s opened a second restaurant, The Kitchen + Market, at Revolution Mill. Their brewery and tasting room will also move to Revolution Mill later this year.
Opened in March 2005 in Winston-Salem, NC, Foothills Brewing has evolved into one of the top craft brewing operations in the southeast United States, and the second largest in North Carolina. Ranked among ratebeer.com’s 100 best breweries in the world, Foothills has garnered numerous awards for their beers, including nine Great American Beer Festival medals and three World Cup Beer medals, more than any other North Carolina-based brewery.