Pints in Papertown: BearWaters Brewing reopens in Canton

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It was weird.

Driving around downtown Canton this past weekend, it was weird to have a hard time finding a parking space. In most Western North Carolina communities during the busy summer tourist season, this is the norm. But, for the blue-collar paper mill town of Canton, finding a parking spot has never been an issue.

That is, until now.

In the last couple of years, several businesses have popped up in downtown Canton, once again breathing life into a community many looked at as “dead” and “out of business.” But, one business was missing, especially when seemingly every single nearby town had one — a brewery.

“It’s a new chapter in my life, a new beginning,” said BearWaters Brewing co-owner/brewmaster Kevin Sandefur. “It’s pretty much a dream realized, to finally open a full-size brewery with production and distribution, [and] a real destination taproom with a restaurant.”

For the last four years, BearWaters was located in Waynesville. But, with an increasing need for space, and also finding out their property would soon become a Publix super market, the brewery started to look for new digs last year. At that time, the Canton town officials were putting feelers out to finally bring a brewery into their downtown. The brewery and the town worked together to make the long-held dream a reality...

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Waynesville Brewery Moving to Canton


Written by Tony Kiss, October 12, 2016

WAYNESVILLE - BearWaters Brewing has purchased a historic building in downtown Canton and will move there in early 2017, the company's owner said.

The new space at 101 Park St., built in the late 1930s, will let BearWaters greatly grow its brewing operation, said owner and brewer Kevin Sandefur. He will install a new 15-barrel brew system - much bigger than the single-barrel operation now in use, he said. He also plans to lease a portion of the taproom for use as a restaurant, possibly serving pizzas.


Canton Rewards Brewery Owner

Written by  Cory Vaillancourt, Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Even before BearWaters Brewing announced its intentions to leave Waynesville for nearby Canton, the town has touted itself as Haywood County’s most desirable place in which to locate a business. On Dec. 8, the town delivered on prior promises to incentivize businesses that choose to relocate by giving the brewery $16,500 in economic development funding toward the work done to renovate its as-yet unopened location on Park Street.

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