CENTREVILLE — The Bull and Goat Brewery Taproom, at 204 Banjo Lane, officially opened Friday, Jan. 17, just in time to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the repeal of prohibition in the United States.
The ribbon cutting was complete with a certificate presentation by Town Councilman Tim McCluskey and 1920s themed party in the evening.
“It’s been almost five years to get to this point once we started the brewery in 2016,” said Jacob Heinbuch, a distillery partner with the brewery. “We started working on the distillery licenses in 2018 and 2019. This feels wonderful being a part of the process, and the whole thing has been a crazy ride.”
Heinbuch added he travels a great deal and has brought that inspiration back to Centreville. It is that pride in his town he says made it a clear choice to invest in this location.
Available are more than 12 beers developed by the brewery; craft cocktails made with in-house whiskey, rum and agave spirits made by Old Courthouse Distilling; and food items perfect for the light nosh.
The sitting area also boasts games and a shuffleboard table for some friendly competition.
“It’s important that we have businesses like this and the fact this business has grown over the past couple of years is tremendous. This brings in a good demographic, and its a craft product they have. We’ve got a number of people who will potentially visit here and other businesses too,” said McCluskey.
The opening of the taproom not only provides locals with a convenient watering hole, but is just one more sign of a healthy brewery culture emerging on the Eastern Shore.
“This county is in a unique position as a gateway to the Eastern Shore. We’re seeing more tourism from more than just the western shore and places like this help build capacity. Not only is it good for tourism, but it keeps money local,” said Jean Fabi, Queen Anne’s County economic development manager.
Hours of operation are from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 2 to 9 p.m. on Saturday.