The Hilton Head Brewing Company at 1 Cardinal Road on Hilton Head Island has been closed since October after receiving damage from Hurricane Matthew, but staff are hopeful that the brewery will open just in time for the holidays.
Abby Wirth, who heads marketing for the brewery, said there was flooding at the brewery at least waist-high from the storm. Molding from the water made it necessary to remove parts of walls and redo the bar, she said.
The machines in the back, essential for the brewing process, got wet during the flooding, and the company is working to get small mechanical pieces to repair them before brewing again, Wirth said.
“Once those parts come in, it’s 28 days until the beer’s ready,” she said.
The good news, Wirth said, is an off-site cooler that was powered by a generator during the hurricane managed to save a good stock of kegs that the brewing company hopes to use for a soft opening or happy hour — which will hopefully be within the next 30 days.
She said they hope to be back to fully running around the holidays, and that the company has never seen a setback like this one.
“You know, we’re trying to view it as an opportunity,” she said.
Wirth said the company, which used to heavily focus on the pub and restaurant at 7 Greenwood Drive, hopes to start fresh and concentrate on growing the brewery as much as possible. In the future, she said they hope to feature live music, expand the kitchen or even bring in food trucks, if they are approved for Hilton Head Island.
“...Fingers crossed on that one,” she said.
Regulars have constantly stopped by the brewery and messaged the company’s Facebook page to ask if they’re open, according to Wirth. Vacationers have said they’ll change their trip dates to when the business is running again, she said.
“That’s been great to see the loyalty from people who don’t even live here,” she said.
To keep up with how the brewery is coming along and when they will begin their soft opening, Wirth said regulars can follow the company’s social media for updates.
“We’ll definitely through a huge opening party (once we’re reopen),” she said.