Orange County Economic Development

Name of Business: Mystery Brewing Company

Description:  We are the world’s first seasonal-only brewing company, crafting seasonally inspired ales and lagers in Hillsborough since 2012 with an eye toward creativity, innovation, and local ingredients.  Our beer is available statewide and bars and restaurants and our Public House is located at 230 South Nash Street on the west end of beautiful Hillsborough, NC.

What year was your business founded/established?  2012

What made you decide to open your business?  I saw an opportunity for a business model that didn’t exist that I thought I could make work making a product that I love in an industry that I feel passionate about.  I wasn’t crazy about my desk job and I wanted to make something with my hands.

What makes your business unique?  We’re different from other breweries in that we don’t make the same beer all year ‘round, instead we offer a constantly rotating stock of beer that changes with the seasons.

What do you wish your local neighbors (potential customers) knew about your business?  That we’re here and that we’re serving food.  We’re open every day of the week for lunch and dinner and music and entertainment of all kinds, and while we have a great rotation of regulars, I find people all the time that live nearby that don’t even know that we exist.  People eat next door to us and have no idea that we’re serving food!

What are your next goals for your business (any exciting expansion plans or new product/services)? As much as I love where we are and what we’re doing, I’d love to see us expand into another retail space in another geographic location.  I think that the interplay between multiple locations and different versions of “local” could really help us develop and grow.

If someone were to give you $100,000 to invest in your business, how would you spend it?  Immediately, I’d work of beautification of our property, particularly at the Public House location.  I’d work at converting the brewery space into more of a regular usable event space, and I’d start down the road of exploring a secondary retail location.

What do you enjoy most about doing business in Orange County?  We have a diverse and dynamic population in Orange County that is a pleasure to serve, as well as good local resources through farms and other like-minded businesses.

Contact Information:    

Owner Erik Lars Myers
Address 437 Dimmocks Mill Road Ste 41
230 South Nash Street
Hillsborough, NC
 Hours Pub:  11:30 am – 10 pm     Sunday-Thursday
11:30 am-12 am     Friday and Saturday
 Telephone # 919-697-8370 (Brewery), 919-245-1325 (Pub)