April is NC Beer month, and so it is a lucky coincidence that one of Durham's beer destinations is opening a second location. On Thursday, Sam's Bottle Shop will open on Highway 54 near the intersection with Hope Valley Road in South Durham.
Opened as a restaurant in 1948, the business changed its original location on Erwin Road in 1974 to Sam's Quik Shop, and has earned a spot in the hearts of the Durham community and beyond for its vast selection of beer. Now the business is adding a second store to serve its customers, and grow its spectrum of offerings, too.
Durham's growth, and the community's interest in food and drink, set the stage for this expansion. The continued attention of the media on Durham's community of restaurants, the rapidly-growing community of artisan food producers, and the engaged consumer public that makes provides the demand these businesses are filling, are all contributing factors to the growth personified by the opening of Sam's Bottle Shop. The store will ultimately have a an inventory of more than 1,600 different beers, kegs, and more. The new location will host educational tastings, food and beer pairings, and private events.
Owner John Boy Jr. invites the community to celebrate the new store with a grand opening on April 10, 2014 at the new two-story location at 1112 W NC HWY 54. "I'm fortunate enough to carry on the family business and work with beer. It is our goal to educate our customers about beer and through our regular tasting events, bring the brewery to the consumer," he said.
Several NC Breweries have brewed beers especially for this event including an oak & smoked imperial stout brewed by Oskar Blues in Brevard, NC. There will also be the release of two collaborative beers brewed for the opening made by North Carolina’s Olde Hickory Brewing Company out of Hickory, NC and Foothills Brewing out of Winston Salem, NC. The grand opening will feature food truck KoKyu Ondo, on-site from 5pm – 9pm.
Discover more food and drink events in Durham on the Durham Event Calendar to see why Durham is the Tastiest Town in the South.