Brewery coming to Jamestown in April
By: Carol Brooks
First, it was choo-choo, as the North Carolina Railroad came to Jamestown around 1859.
Then it was chew-chew, as the town became known for its eating establishments within the last decade.
Soon it will be brew-brew when The Other Side of the Moon Brewery opens next door to Full Moon Oyster Bar in the space last occupied by the Twisted Vine restaurant.
“The Full Moon in Jamestown has expanded,” said Randy Russell, president of Full Moon. “The Other Side of the Moon should open around April 1.” Full Moon and The Other Side of the Moon are separate companies but have several mutual investors.
Russell said The Other Side is actually a part of the existing Full Moon Oyster Bar, however Moon Brew, LLC has subleased half of the available space to open its second brewery.
“The Other Side will open prior to the brewery, creating additional bar seating for eating and a larger waiting area, as there was no waiting area prior,” Russell said. “We felt Jamestown needed a local brewery offering quality beers.”
Russell said the brewing equipment is on order and should arrive in about two to three more weeks. It will take about 30 days to install the equipment before brewing begins. It takes two to three weeks to brew a batch of beer, but the time varies with the type of beer.
“We will brew many, many types of beer,” Russell added. “Once each batch is completed and offered for sale, another batch of a different beer can be started. So there is no one type of beer, but we have a couple in mind that should be regulars.”
T.J. Anzulewicz is the brewer and co-manager. He has been brewing for several years, with a lot of trial and error. He has studied the craft and has been a professional brewer for about a year. He soon will receive his certificate as a professional Cicerone, the beer equivalent of a wine sommelier.
“I started home brewing about 10 years ago in my college dorm room closet,” Anzulewicz said with a laugh.
“I brew for the love of brewing,” he added. “I love it when I see people drinking my beer, and they have a smile on their face. That’s why I do it.”
The Other Side of the Moon will feature an IPA, an amber and wheat all the time as flagship beers, but every month – on the full moon –a new seasonal beer will be released.
Beer, wine and a full bar will be available at the brewery as well as food. The existing kitchen at the oyster bar will be shared with the Other Side for full food service.
Long lines outside the 103 W. Main Street location in Jamestown attest to the popularity of Full Moon Oyster Bar, which opened in 2014. Rather than just expand, owners decided to use the space vacated by Twisted Vine as a means to give customers not only a place to wait but also a place to taste the local brew. There will be a customer access opening just inside the oyster bar’s entrance.
In late February, the first Other Side of the Moon opened beside Full Moon’s original location in Clemmons. Anzulewicz is brewer and co-manager at both locations. While the company has several other oyster bar locations in Concord, Morrisville and Southern Pines, there are no firm plans at this time to add more Other Side of the Moon sites.
Until last year, a brewery would not have been allowed to operate in Jamestown, but in June 2017, the Town Council approved a change in one of the town’s Land Development Ordinances to allow wineries, breweries and distilleries to operate within town limits.
“I did not know about their plans when I asked for the ordinance changes,” said Planning Director Matthew Johnson. “That was purely coincidental. However, we are extremely excited to see businesses in Jamestown expanding and look forward to continued success for The Full Moon.”
“I can’t wait to put great fresh local beer in the hands of Jamestown citizens,” Anzulewicz said.
Needless to say, the owners hope customers to the Jamestown location will be “over the moon” about The Other Side of the Moon.