Boondocks named state’s ‘Great American Beer Bar’


By Adam Orr - aorr@civitasmedia.com



(Photo submitted) West Jefferson’s Boondocks Brewing Tap Room & Restaurant (File photo) Gary Brown, owner of Boondocks Brewing Tap Room and Restaurant, with a heat exchange system he uses to quickly cool hot wort - the base used to brew beer - before it begins the fermentation process.


WEST JEFFERSON-Gary Brown can stake his claim at owning the state’s top craft beer bar.

Boondocks Brewing Tap Room & Restaurant has been named the state’s ‘Great American Beer Bar’ according to a poll conducted by CraftBeer.com. The nationwide survey ranked the best craft beer joint in each of the 50 states from among more than 5,000 craft breweries nationwide.

“Without the love and support of the thousands of guests we serve each year and without the dedication and effort of our great team, this would not be possible,” Boondocks Brewing Tap Room & Restaurant Owner Gary Brown wrote on Facebook. “What an honor.”

How it worked:

CraftBeer.com asked its readers to fill out a short survey and nominate their favorite craft beer spots across the United States.

“As a beer lover, you know what sets apart an average bar from a great craft beer bar, and that’s why we turned to you to help us come up with the list,” according to CraftBeer.com.

Readers considered everything from atmosphere and beer selection to customer service and special events. Throughout November and December of 2016, the site’s readers cast more than 7,000 votes.

For Brown, Boondocks is the culmination of a more than 30 year love affair with the art and craft of brewing beer. He first began experimenting with brewing his own beer in the early 1980s.

He dreamed of one day launching his own brewery while still holding down his day job as an IT specialist for RBC Centura.

His opportunity finally came in 2012 when RBC was bought by PNC Financial Services. He opted for early retirement instead of transferring to PNC’s Pittsburgh, PA-headquarters, and moved to Ashe County, where he’d had a vacation home for years.

That same year he took over the property that Fraser’s once called home and set about transforming the space into a combination restaurant and brewery. That included adding a second bar to the restaurant in 2013, and later unveiling an outdoor covered “Boondeck” that allowed for comfortable outdoor dining.

“It’s about taking great beer and great food and combining it with the best service we can provide,” Brown said in previous interviews. “If we do that, we really think we’re going to create something that visitors are going to love and locals are proud to call their hometown spot.”

You can see the full list at https://www.craftbeer.com/breweries/great-american-beer-bars-2017

Visit http://www.boondocksbeer.com/ for more information on the latest Boondocks brew news.

(Photo submitted) West Jefferson’s Boondocks Brewing Tap Room & Restaurant (File photo) Gary Brown, owner of Boondocks Brewing Tap Room and Restaurant, with a heat exchange system he uses to quickly cool hot wort – the base used to brew beer – before it begins the fermentation process.
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By Adam Orr

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