Jonathan Myers (L) and Matt Addis (R), with ties to WNC, met in Portland, Oregon and wanted to bring the age-old tradition of community or commons that is inherent in English pubs and taverns to Asheville. While sitting around with friends having a pint in Portland they were discussing what they valued in life, with spirituality and community rising to the top of the list along with caring for the environment, and of course high-quality beer. They were already thinking about opening a brewery and were bouncing around ideas when a friend suggested they open a brewery called Habitat.
Matt began home brewing six years ago and will be the head brewer, crafting traditional English-style ales with some nods to West Coast IPAs. They’ll start out small, focusing on quality and using local ingredients as much as possible.
In line with local ingredients to up the sustainability aspect of their brewery, Jonathan and Matt have re-used a number of existing materials in the brewery. They’ve left existing tin ceiling tiles and removed plaster to expose brick underneath. Both of these processes were completed in an environmentally safe manner.
Jonathan says, “We want to offer the brewery as a common space for the neighborhood to recreate, come together for fellowship and great beer.” He said they will offer space for rent and are considering game nights, movie nights, and other options to help the business grow with the neighborhood.
It all gets back to their name and passion; As Matt explains, “a habitat, like us, needs to be healthy to sustain life.”
Habitat Brewing Co. will be opening at 174 Broadway between Moog & High Five Coffee Bar. For more information visit habitatbrewing.com