Brewery + Reward Spotlight: Boondock’s, Heinzelmannchen, One World

First off, we want to celebrate another milestone number on our Kickstarter campaign — we just got our 300th backer! How cool is it that these will be the very first 300 people in the world to have The Great NC Beer Map?! Very cool.

The breweries who have contributed Kickstarter rewards to our campaign will be the next place where you’ll be able to to find The Great NC Beer Map once it releases. Today, we bring you another brewery spotlight, touching on three breweries from the Western part of the state, all who got their start in homebrewing — Boondock’s Brewing, Heinzelmannchen Brewing, and One World Brewing. The rewards these breweries have contributed to our Kickstarter campaign have made an immense difference in the amount of funding we’ve received. We send a huge thank you out to them and to those who selected those pledge levels!

Boondock’s Brewing | West Jefferson 

The Story: For many years, Gary and Debbie Brown were Eastern NC residents of Rocky Mount, with a vacation home in Ashe County. During visits, Gary would fill up carboys of Ashe County spring water fresh from the creek to take back for homebrewing. Once he retired in 2012, Gary was ready to take his hobby to the next level and start a brewery in what he considers “God’s county.” Boondock’s Brewing began with small batches in their restaurant and taproom. They’ve now expanded to a second location and a bigger three barrel system at their Brew Haus, which they also use to host special events. Gary names many of his beers after the West Jefferson landmarks that drew him to the area and sources as many ingredients as possible from local farmers. Instead of brewing standard flagship beers, Gary likes to focus on experimentation to continue drawing inspiration from what surrounds him.

Beer to Try: West Jefferson Centennial Ale, a special release brewed with Centennial hops, local honey, and tips from Fraser Firs

Where to Find It: at the brewery

Brewery Experience: A backer and a guest will have seats at Gary's table at one of Boondock's Brewing’s monthly 5-course beer pairing dinners.

Boondocks Brewing - Tap Room & Restaurant

Boondocks Brewing - Tap Room & Restaurant

Heinzelmannchen Brewing | Sylva

The Story: Heinzelmannchen Brewmeister, Dieter Kuhn, was born and raised in Heidelsheim, Germany, where an appreciation for traditional German style beers was instilled at an early age. As a boy, he was sent to the local brauhaus to pick up the week’s worth of beer for his family, and he grew up with an uncle who malted grain for beer. After recreating traditional German beers as a homebrewer in the US, Dieter attended the Siebel Institute’s World Brewing Academy, so he could bring this style of beer to his new home in Sylva, a place that reminded him of the small German town of his youth. Dieter specializes in keg conditioned, unfiltered altbier at Heinzelmannchen Brewing — the ale style brewed in the warmer regions of Germany since the early days of brewing. This is the type of beer Dieter and his wife, Sheryl, love to drink and cook with, and some of those recipes are highlighted in their brewery cookbook. Heinzelmannchen also makes non-alcoholic, organic root beer and birch beer to make the brewery experience family friendly.

Beer to Try: Ancient Days Honey Blonde Ale, a pilsner brewed with local Catamount Honey

Where to Find It: at the brewery

Brewery Experience: A backer and 3 friends will attend a private 4-course beer pairing dinner at Heinzelmännchen Brewery, and everyone will take home a copy of Your Gnome-town Cookbook.

Always a perfect pairing

Always a perfect pairing

One World Brewing | Asheville 

The Story: Jay Schutz picked up homebrewing in his spare time when his stone masonry and carpentry work got slow, and he was encouraged by friends and family to turn his hobby into a new career. One of Asheville’s newest (2014) and smallest breweries (1.5 barrel system),One World Brewing occupies what's referred to as a speakeasy-like space in an early 1900s ceramics studio. Jay has put his skills from his previous career to use by covering the brewery in reclaimed wood from around Asheville. You enter the brewery via an alley, and you’ll find the taproom at the bottom of a flight of stairs, in a room underneath the building’s original stairway. With twelve fermenters, One World is constantly churning out new brews and even features batches by local homebrewers. Jay features a variety of beer styles from around the world, which is a great way to honor One World’s nod toward “community, sustainability, and honoring the diversity of life on this beautiful planet.” Jay also has plans to grow some of his ingredients in the future and to add solar panels to the building’s roof to help power the brewery.

Beer to Try: Hopsplosion Black IPA, since Jay is admittedly a hophead

Where to Find It: at the brewery

Brewery Experience: One World contributed two rewards! A backer will shadow the brewmaster for a day at One World Brewing. Another backer will have a beer named after him/her (or person of their choice) at One World Brewing and attend the release with a group of friends.

One World Flight

One World Flight

Thanks again to the breweries for providing these wonderful experiences for our backers! There are only 7 days left in our Kickstarter campaign, so if you want to be among the first to get The Great NC Beer Map, now's the time to click on over!