Brewery heads to Jones County

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NEWS1-Beer-Army-logoSpecial to the County Compass

TRENTON — After considering 26 sites throughout eastern North Carolina, Beer Army announced this month that the county seat of rural Jones County is the home for its new brewery.

“As a philanthropist organization, Beer Army believes our brewery will have a much larger economic and social impact in Trenton and Jones County as compared to other towns and large cities in eastern North Carolina,” said Scott Andrews, public affairs officer for the company.

The site is the Trenton Industrial Park located, which opened in 2002, where an existing 10,500 square foot building will receive $300,000 worth of renovations provided by the Jones County Economic Development Commission.

Plans for the facility call for an area that will be used as a yeast lab – the first of its kind for any brewery in the state. In addition, the brewery will create 18 to 24 jobs with Beer Army spending over $2.7 million over the next five years.

Within the brewery there will be a fully operational taproom with ‘Beer Army Combat Brewery Beer’ being offered onsite. Beer will also be available for purchase directly from the brewery for off-site consumption. On weekends, citizens will have a chance for first-hand tours of the brewing process.

Beer Army officials plan to produce 1,200 barrels of beer in the first year and ramp up to 15,000 barrels of beer by the fifth year of operation.

Brewing Officer, Jeff Brungard, recently finished schooling at the Siebel Institute of Technology and World Brewing Academy in Chicago. Siebel is America’s oldest brewing school, educating for 140 years and is considered by many as the top brewing school in the world.

Brungard, retired from the Marine Corps with over 28 years of service, is currently studying at the world famous Doemens Academy — Germany’s most popular brewing school located in Munich.

Beer Army believes the Trenton brewery site will broaden the company’s sphere of influence in the region. Over the past three years, Beer Army has provided over $1.2 million of economic impact and donated nearly $80,000 to local charities and will continue to create synergy between Beer Army and the surrounding communities.

Beer Army currently operates an ‘Outpost’ in the James City area of New Bern and plans are in place to open two more stores in eastern North Carolina within the next two years. For more information about the company, visit