Orange County Economic Development

Orange County Small Business Loan Program Provides Funding to Hillsborough Microbrewery

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – Orange County’s Small Business Loan Program recently provided support to West Hillsborough’s newest business, Mystery Brewing Company, an artisanal brewery focused on creating distinctive beer.  Their approach to their craft is summarized on the Mystery Brewing website ( “Our mission is to create a cornucopia of high-quality, small-batch, rustic ales for the discriminating consumer, to test the boundaries of creativity and style.  In short, to make outstanding beer.” 

Orange County’s Director of Economic Development, Steve Brantley states that “The County is very pleased to be able to support the growing West Hillsborough Business District.   This fine company will be a great new addition to the vibrant culture that helps define this community.”  Mystery Brewing is also one of the collaborators behind a new retail venture offering supplies for home brewers.  Nash Street Homebrew is also located in West Hillsborough, and will carry home brewing equipment, ingredients and recipes, and serve as a resource for all levels of home brewers.

The Loan Program is a revolving loan fund designed to foster small businesses development and expansion of local companies that may have limited access to conventional financing.  This program is open to small businesses located in Orange County with gross revenues of less than $3 million.  The program is managed through the County’s Economic Development office and administered by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of local business owners, bankers and staff representing several Orange County departments.  For more information on this program contact Dottie Schmitt at Orange County Economic Development, 919-245-2327 or