[Spotlight] Gypsy Road Brewing
Tammy Coulter, John Coulter, and Taylor Thornton co-own Gypsy Road Brewing, located at 1105 E. Mountain St. in Kernersville.
“To me, it is more of like having a gathering place, Kernersville needed another gathering place with comfortable seating,” John said of Gypsy Road Brewing.
Tammy said the name “Gypsy Road Brewing” evolved from different songs they heard and is inspired by freedom and travelers.
“It took probably a year and a half to come up with a name that really stuck with all of us,” she said. “We want that kind of laid back feeling; people can come in and be comfortable, hang out with their friends, listen to music– that kind of thing.”
Gypsy Road Brewing opened Sept. 7, 2018, and Tammy said business has been great because the community has been accepting. Tammy said Gypsy Road hosts a variety of food trucks, local musicians, trivia every Tuesday night, and Bingo Night on Thursdays.
The only thing missing from Gypsy Road Brewing is their own brewed craft beer, as Thornton and the Coulters are in the process of waiting for their brewing license.
“When we decided to open in September, we obviously knew we wouldn’t have our beer ready,” John said. “But we already had the space and decided to open as a taproom. In the meantime, we have just tried to keep good, North Carolina beers and support other local breweries by keeping their beers on tap.”
The Coulters said they have a home-brewer of six years on staff ready to start the brewing process once the brewery gets its license. John said that their three-barrel system would start with small batches, and Gypsy Road will be relying on honest feedback from patrons.
“It is going to be a lot of practice,” John said of starting the brewing process. “We don’t want to just put it on tap until we are comfortable with it. It won’t be instantaneous; we won’t have all the taps filled up with just ours. We wanted to have a cool space, good beer, and a cool name. We have hit two of them I think, so now we want to be sure to have quality beer.”
“We are going to take our time with it and brew as many batches that don’t get served as we have to,” Tammy said. “The idea is when we start brewing, we will transfer our beer on tap but still keep the other beers on there too. We will always have 12 taps going.”
Tammy said Gypsy Road also has a variety of wines, glass-bottled soda (including the Winston-Salem-based soda Bingo Bango), and local snacks.
“If craft beer is not your thing, you can still come and have something to drink and snack and hang with your friends,” Tammy said. “Support local while you are here.”
The owners of Gypsy Road are big believers in supporting local businesses.
“That is our goal and hope, to try resource as many local things as we can and once we start brewing,” Tammy said. “We have been reaching out to farmers, to get a feel of what we can do, how we can support them and how we can buy from them. It is a process we are in the middle of, but that is our ultimate goal— is to support local for as much as we can.”