Anyone who has had a tourism-dependent business in this area knows it can take a while to make a name for yourself, to get locals and visitors to give you their business on a loyal and regular basis. But even before Marc and Merri Fretwell opened Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery earlier this year, the loyal fans were waiting in line to extend their support.
Tucked peacefully alongside the Rocky Broad River in Chimney Rock Village, the Brewery has enjoyed a steady stream of customers, regular entertainment and a healthy dose of positive publicity.
Originally from Chesterfield England, Marc learned to brew growing up from his father, Malcolm Fretwell. He brings his unique style to his recipes, and taste for English beer to North Carolina with styles of beer he says that you won't find anywhere else in the area.
The Brewery is family and pet-friendly, with games and decks that reach all the way down to the Rocky Broad River.
Congratulations to Marc & Merri on their new venture and on being our member spotlight for September! Learn more about HNG Brewery here