In a late announcement on Friday, Gov. Roy Cooper clarified his stance on commercial production breweries, cideries, wineries and distilleries allowing them to reopen this weekend.
“And just like that, we’re open,” Southern Pines Brewing Co. announced Friday evening on social media, crediting the N.C. Brewers Guild for “all their hard work making this happen and advocating on behalf of smaller breweries like ours across North Carolina.”
The Southern Pines Brewing taproom on Air Tool Drive in Southern Pines will be open tomorrow and resume its regular daily hours of operation from 12 - 10 p.m.
Hatchet Brewing Co. on Broad Street in Southern Pines posted a similar announcement on Friday, noting its taproom would open Saturday 12 p.m.-midnight; Sunday 12 p.m.-9 p.m., and Tuesday-Thursday 2 p.m.-10 p.m.
Hatchet plans to limit indoor and outdoor patio seating to 50 percent capacity. A food truck is scheduled in its parking lot Saturday after 2 p.m.
“We strongly encourage social distancing. Please sit with family or people you know, return glassware to our bar area, clean up after yourselves and wash hands,” Hatchet stated.
Dine-in restaurant seating, swimming pools and hair salons were also permitted to reopen as of Friday at 5 p.m. under state guidelines, with capacity limitations; however, bars are not allowed to open which left some confusion for breweries.
Railhouse Brewery in downtown Aberdeen and Pinehurst Brewing Co. in the village had both previously announced plans to open their dining rooms on Friday at 5 p.m, since both also operate as restaurants.
Also at 4 pm Saturday, James Creek Cider House in Cameron opens its new cider-garden with outdoor seating. Trompos Tacos food truck will be there from 2-7 p.m.