The Story behind BearWater Brewing Company...
Like so many great craft brewery beginnings, BearWaters Brewing Company was born from the passion of home brewing. Founder Kevin Sandefur developed many signature recipes in his makeshift beer kitchen, a modest root cellar adjoining his home. At the urging of friends, family and colleagues, Kevin decided to explore the possibility of making his hobby a career.
In 2009 Kevin attended the Craft Beer Conference in Boston Massachusetts. There he met with many successful brewery owners who were eager to share their experiences and advice. He immediately fell in love with the industry and the people and decided to pursue his passion. In 2010 BearWaters was set on its way with a startup seed grant that was awarded by the Haywood County chamber of commerce. Determined to get his new venture up and running Kevin rented a small warehouse in Waynesville. Using what he had available, Kevin methodically transformed the small warehouse into a lively bright nano brewing operation.
Fast forward to today, and BearWaters is well on its way to becoming a sizeable craft brewery serving Western North Carolina. With over thirty different recipes produced, BearWaters has become the most award winning craft brewery in Haywood County. BearWaters takes great pride in crafting excellent quality brews that are served in a family friendly neighborhood pub style venue. BearWaters has a strong community service culture and a real love for beer. The passion for the craft beer industry is evident in BearWaters Commitment to delivering a great craft beer experience to all their customers.
Come experience what happens when passion collides with creativity, a love for beer making and best ingredients. BearWaters invites you to come and enjoy our medal winning beers. Artfully crafted from English tradition and perfectly blended with American imagination, our vast variety of styles and flavors have been served on tap from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Colorado Rockies. BearWaters was awarded the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Business of the month in October 2013.
Award Winning Beers
Carolina Championship of Beers 2013
Gold Medal – Sliding Rock Ale
Silver Medal – Paddle Free ESB
Silver Medal – Stiff Paddle IPA
Silver Medal – Snownado Stout
Bronze Medal – Paint Rock Porter
Bronze Medal – Skipping Stone Stout
Bronze Medal – Brown Mountain Dark
Bronze Medal – Pumpkin PFD<
Bronze Medal – Shining Creek Ale
Bronze Medal – Rip Current Red