Micro-brewery opens Sunday

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One of the new craft beers takes its name from this memorable spot – now long gone – located along the Oriental waterfront.

ORIENTAL – Frank and Lili Bacon exude faith and confidence that their new ‘micro-brewery’ – located on the main drag of this small waterfront community – will become a day-trip destination for beer lovers throughout eastern North Carolina.

You’ve got to admire this young couple! The obstacles to just opening the doors of New Village Brewery & Taproom – much less to brewing tasty craft beers – have been steep.

Lili recently authored an entertaining narrative for a craft beer trade publication, in which she hints at the difficulties:


“To be honest,” she writes, “it didn’t all go according to plan!”

The ambitious start-up comes a whopping 15 years after Frank’s first home brew successes! (Who knows? Back then, was the young entrepreneur even old enough to drink?)

At the less-than-one-year mark of their marriage, Frank’s vision of turning his home-brewing hobby into a viable business became real when he discovered online a gently used, top-of-the-line 1 Barrel Electric Brewing System.

That’s where Ol’ Store Ale & High Water IPA come from! Frank’s first two craft beers produced for public consumption! The former brew is named for an iconic local storefront — a fixture in the community for decades. The latter has been christened with a nod to the town’s familiar bright, orange traffic sign – deployed during Nor’easters and even more serious storms.

For a unique and enjoyable experience, put this event on your calendar. See ad on Page A-12 of this publication for more details.

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