New beer garden with 25 taps in a petrol station from the 1950s
Though it could be a little sister to Beer City USA next, Hendersonville still pushes itself when it comes to local taps.
Those looking for craft brew will find a prosperous quarry at the new Blue Ridge Beer Garden, which will have 25 taps plus canned beers for sale from near and far.
The Beer Garden will be opened by Adam Justus, founding owner of HVL Pedal & Brews, and partners D. James Miller, whose day job is the Hendersonville Fire Chief, and Joe Dinan, owner and chief brewer of Oklawaha Brewing Co.
“We’re working on revitalizing a 1950s building and converting it into an outdoor beer garden,” said Justus. “The pub wheel will be turning down there. As soon as we open, we will also start our tours from this location.”
Built in 1953 as a gas station, the 9,500-square-foot building at 402 S. Church St. features double roller garage doors, making it an ideal inn. A contractor has already installed a metal awning on three sides, creating a large covered outdoor area.
“We doubled our square footage by putting this awning up front,” said Justus. “This building has been an eyesore for many years and we have just invested significant time and money revitalizing Hendersonville’s south slope and transforming it into something we hope everyone will enjoy. It’s a great location just off a busy freeway that sees over 15,000 cars a day.”
Inside there is a walk-in cool box and the bar.
Justus and his partners agreed to use the Badcock furniture parking lot.
“So all parking lots are directed there,” he said. “We just use the entire parking lot (onsite) to sit and have picnic tables and all sorts of fun stuff.”
AstroTurf, picnic tables and garden games
Although the beer garden is not a microbrewery, Dinan plans to brew some special varieties exclusively for the beer garden. The rest of the beers will come from far and wide.
“We’re making some local beers,” Jupiter said. “And we’ll also be making beers from across the state and upstate South Carolina — everywhere.”
Pubcycle riders can purchase a plastic cup of beer and take it on board for the tour. “And when they’re done with the tour, they can definitely enjoy a craft beer,” he said in the beer garden.
“The pub cycle is going well,” he said. “We started out with a lot of bookings for tours and we continue to take bookings every day. We really hope that by parking out there by the beer garden it gets more exposure to it because surprisingly there are still people who really don’t know we exist because it’s behind closed doors and the only attention we get is if it’s driving on the road or looking for people (online) or by word of mouth.”
HVL Pedal & Brews is open for tours Thursday through Sunday. Depending on traffic and the season, the beer garden will be open seven days a week from 12 p.m. to around 10 a.m. Justus expects to open later this month or early August.
“We’re going to be rolling out the AstroTurf here over the next few weeks and putting everything in place, and then lining up some whites, bringing chairs and picnic tables — some garden games out there for people to enjoy,” he said.
“We’re excited to bring the only beer garden in the county,” he added. “We’re excited to bring it downtown and just give people an outdoor experience. Since Covid, getting outside is one of the big things everyone has been looking for because what if Covid comes back really strong? That’s really what hurt a lot of people. All of their business was indoors and they were trying to expand outwards. At this location, expansion is not a problem for us – unless it rains. But we have large covered awnings for that.”