After hitting a few bumps in the road one Jackson County brewery is in full operation.
DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - “He asked hey what do you think about a brewery and I two seconds later said let’s do it,” said Joe Mcmullian - co-owner.
Without a second thought they began their journey. With no plan in mind they began rebuilding.
Taking on a family building that was once a bank, a family hardware store, finally a hay barn before they took over.
Co-owner Brian Walker says they just went with what they knew.
“We just wanted the building and everything we did to be a reflection of the area and and what we are trying to convey with our company and beer,” said Brian Walker - co-owner.
A reflection of community and family.
“It’s such a big factor in why we did this and we want this community and all of your communities to come together that’s why it was such a perfect idea and we were just fortunate that it is in Campbellton and not one of these other larger communities so Chipley, Graceville, Mariana they can all come and enjoy it and so far they have it’s been great to see all of the communities surrounding the area come and just really hangout with each other and it’s been great,” said Mcmullian.
Even their beer names pull in every aspect of the surrounding communities. From Bear Paw, a canoeing company that services the Chipola River. To the Old Spanish Trail that runs right through Jackson County. Or their beer High Cotton that represents the agriculture community.
Even one for your next vacation.
“Beach Bound, we said everybody is passing through here we’ve got a lot of tourists that go down to the beach they come back even from Dothan have them something to pick up on the way and pick up on the way back home,” said Brantley Cook - head brewer.
However everything hasn’t been this easy for Southern Fields Brewing. After planning an opening in the beginning of March COVID struck and pushed their plans back.
“With the first COVID setback that pushed us all the way back to our opening date in June, June 5th we opened the doors and then four weeks later the governor shut down all brewers and bars in the state and we had to shut down for another seven weeks,” said Walker.
Each time they pushed to come back stronger
“Every time we’ve been open the response has been great and people keep coming back so hopefully we are open for good now,” said Walker.
Now they have a jammed pack schedule starting with Trivia Thursday, live bands on Friday and Saturday and a Sunday funday.
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